2009 Ford Flex: Oh No, Not Another Oregon Road Trip!
December 22, 2009
Oh Yes! Another 2,500-mile road trip, another grab for the keys to our 2009 Ford Flex. Would I like to take something else for a change? Sure. But the continuing emphasis on downsizing in the automotive world means our own test fleet is rather short on large family vehicles these days. The next biggest, the Volvo XC60, is unable to manage the job without a roof pod.
Besides, the Flex just might be with us for a full 100,000 miles--we're waiting for a response from one final decider before giving this plan the green light. It seems likely at this point, so our 2,500-mile trip could not be wasted. My family is not complaining, not one bit.
We'll try to keep things fresh for this third go-around.
Ever wonder what a BMW 745i would look like if attacked with a dozen cans of flat black spray paint? Now you know. Take that, Mr. Bangle!
The Flex's optional fridge/freezer really does the job. It holds four 16.9 oz. bottles like these, but just barely, and only if you invert two of them. Note to self: the 'freeze' setting means business.
We're headed west on Highway 46, crossing between Interstate 5 and Highway 101. The intersection in the distance is where James Dean met his end, and we're headed towards it just as he did because our destination for the night is Monterey, too.
Imagine a car turning left in front of you, bound for Fresno, as it approaches from the opposite direction. Now imagine you're in a puny Porsche Spyder with no modern safety principles applied to its design or construction. The intersection was narrower and un-lit back then, but the same scenario could play out again.
I'm also trying out Road Trip, a $4.99 iPhone app, for this trip to Oregon. It does the MPG and cost math in a snap. Today we went 363 miles on 16.65 gallons of unleaded that cost $2.939 per gallon. Our little app says that works out to 21.8 mpg and 13.5 cents per mile.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 42,468 miles