For the last 12 days I have been test driving one of the 2013 Ford Flex’s compliments of Ford Canada. Â Here are my thoughts.
It’s a crossover but a really big crossover. Â It’s kind of like a station wagon but a station wagon or mini-van done really right. Â Here are my thoughts
What I Liked About It
- A crazy amount of power. Â I felt like at times I was in a muscle car. Â When you hit the accelerator, you moved quickly off the line and were thrown back into your seat. Â I loved driving it. Â It has a 355-horespower twin-turbo EcoBoost model, which is available as a $3,250 option.
- Sirius XM radio. Â Listening to ESPN Radio on the way to work is such a nice perk in your morning commute.
- The paddle shifting. Â I didn’t really use it that much but it was a nice feature to play with.
- Park assist. Â Now I personally refuse to use it but for those out there that can not parallel park, you will love this with the longer and bigger Flex.
- Three words. Â Air. Conditioned. Seats.
- An obscene amount of room in the second row of seats. Â They have almost as much room as the front seat. Â
- Wendy made me point out that there are drink holders everywhere. Â That’s a big deal when you have kids.
- Mark loved the fact that he had control of the climate control in back.
- Individualized temperature settings. Â I was born in Edmonton, Wendy was born in Georgetown, Guyana. Â These things save marriages.
- At the push of a button, the third row of seats flip over and become seats that you can tailgate in.
- Six speed transmission makes for a smooth ride.
- Inflatable seat beltsâ€¦ you know in case I drive it into a lake.
- The Flex AWD now manages just 17 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway which isn’t great. Â Of course I have been driving fuel efficient smaller cars for my entire life and am accustomed to vehicles with higher fuel efficiency. Â Compared to other larger vehicles, it isn’t bad, especially if you get the version with Eco-Boost.
- The adaptive cruise control doesn’t like Saskatchewan. Â While I loved the adaptive cruise control on Highway 16, when we turned down a quiet highway, it stopped working and the cruise kicked out with an error message that told me to look at the owners manual. Â We did and it told me that it doesn’t work in the desert which I guess Saskatchewan qualifies as. Â Basically without anything to return as it’s sonar signal, it stops working which means that you have no cruise. Â Now I can understand the adaptive part kicking out but the loss of cruise control totally was a little annoying. Â It happened on the way to and from our destination which means that if you drive desolate roads, you won’t be using your cruise control. Â For the 2014 Flex, all Ford adaptive cruise control engineers are invited out to the cabin to see if you can make it work. Â I’ll put on the beer can chicken, you bring your pocket protectors and a Flex.
- Push button tailgate seating is a great feature unless you forget a bag of Doritos in the rear seat. Â They got crushed. Â Mark and I got in trouble. Â I am not sure that if Ford’s fault but someone had to be thrown under the bus as we needed a fall guy.
- Brushing up on the keyless entry system locks the doors, even if the fob is in the Flex. Â We learned this the hard way when Wendy leaned up on the Flex’s front door and locked the key fob in the vehicle. Â We had to call Ford Roadside Assistance and pay $133 to get the doors unlocked. Â From reading online, it’s a problem in a lot of Ford vehicles. Â Now if I had bought the car, I would have been able to access the keyless entry but since I was just test driving itâ€¦ Â Of course the funny thing about it was that if you had offered a bonus for figuring out how to lock the fob in the car, neither Wendy or I would have figured it out. Â