2009 Ford Flex: Cool
September 28, 2009
A new neighbor moved into my apartment building, and this weekend, he stopped me to ask the inevitable question: Why are you always driving a different car each night? His eyes widened and he backed away from me when I told him that I was a Robin Hood of sorts, stealing cars from the rich and selling them so I could use the money to help the poor -- my poor grandmother, who needs the cash for a long-overdue hip-replacement operation. After I explained that I was just kidding, he made his way back into my personal bubble and peppered me with questions about my vehicle for the weekend, the Ford Flex. We talked about the Ford for a bit, with the take-away being that he thinks the Flex is 'cool.'
It just served to reaffirm what I'd already known: With the Flex, Ford has achieved what many thought was impossible. The Flex is part wagon, part minivan. Wagon? Not cool. Minivan? So not cool. But the Flex manages to transcend all this to occupy a niche all its own, one that makes it an acceptable transportation option even for twenty-something guys like my neighbor.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 34,550 miles