2009 Ford Flex Limited: Road Trip Part III, The midwest
October 02, 2008
When we last left our road trip diary the Ford Flex was whisking us through eastern Colorado and on into Nebraska. Thrilling, I know. With 75 mph limits, straight roads and just enough traffic to avoid being the only car on the road, this was the Flex's time to shine. And shine it did. I turned on my Valentine One, set the cruise control and drove for hours in perfect comfort. Once acclimated to the system, Sync works exceptionally well with an iPod. Sirius' weather link kept me apprised of the looming thunderstorms (which eventually halted my run), and the flat-looking seats kept my butt supported and warm with no complaints. I also managed to, at those speeds, beat the EPA estimated 24mpg with a 25.7mpg tank.
That night I tried, for the first time, sleeping in the Flex. I was hoping the back, seats folded flat, would make an acceptable bed. They don't. It's like sleeping on the floor of a dog's kennel. The front seats don't recline enough for sleeping either. The second row bench is interrupted by the refrigerator so that's out, too. I had an easier time sleeping in our old Lancer than I did in the Flex. That was the last night we tried that. For a detailed account of the rest of that day-- including Iowa-- please see my illustration below. <
But hey, I got to go to the world's largest truck stop! The truck stop dentist wasn't in my plan.
That'll show all those other truck stops without embroidery shops!
Nothing worse than a road trip with a dirty dog.
Mike Magrath, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 4,739 miles