I Decided to Buy Something Else - 2009 Ford Flex Long-Term Road Test

2009 Ford Flex: I Decided to Buy Something Else

July 21, 2009


A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was car shopping for a family hauler to replace our beloved VW Passat wagon (our second). The Passat's lease was up and I was in the market again, only this time a wagon wouldn't do. My wife decided a third row was on the gotta-have list so I found myself, against my will, in the crossover market.

The short list looked like this: Ford Flex, Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Mazda CX-9, Subaru Tribeca, Hyundai Veracruz and the budget buster Acura MDX. All others out there were either too lame or too pricey.

I've obviously driven them all for my job, and we've had a Flex, a CX-9, an Enclave and a Veracruz in our long-term fleet over the last few years, so each of those have been used by the Oldham family extensively for daily use and road trips.

And for a while there I was set on getting one of the GM triplets. I was recommending them to all my friends for months. But ultimately the GMC and the Buick turned out to be too much money. Then I decided I like the Flex better than the Traverse, which was the finishing order of a recent Edmunds.com comparison test. The MDX is great to drive and packed with luxuries even in the base model, but it was just too small and too expensive.

The Tribeca got close. I like the way the Subaru drives and dig the fact that its off-the-radar for the majority of suburbia. I even took my wife to Santa Monica Subaru for a look and priced one out, but it was judged by by her to be too small in the third row and the interior left her cold.

Which left the Flex, the Mazda and the Veracruz. Three quality vehicles anybody would be lucky to own. But in the end I chose the Mazda. I leased a white CX-9 Touring for three years. There it is in my driveway next to our long-term Flex.

And the reason I chose it is simple. I decided the CX-9 delivered the best mix of value, fit and finish, styling, comfort and performance for me and my family. I just decided that I preferred the packaging and driving experience of the CX-9 the most.

Hopefully it will treat us well.

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief

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