Last post on Mar 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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Ford Flex, Wagon
#59 of 68 The styling.....
Oct 13, 2008 (6:01 pm)
is polarizIng - you either really like it, or you don't. I don't. I am also afraid it's priced too high, but probably is worth it. If you like it. One thing seems apparent though - it's not a runaway hit...
Oct 16, 2008 (8:32 am)
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#61 of 68 Re: The styling..... [nvbanker]
Oct 17, 2008 (8:12 am)
It's the wrong car for the wrong time. If Ford would have produced a small 3 row vehicle similar to the Kia Rondo or Mazda5 and was able to get it to average 30mpg and sell it for under $20 then I think they'd have a hit.
#62 of 68 Re: The styling..... [bobw3]
Oct 17, 2008 (2:01 pm)
Don't be so sure. It's still very early in the game yet. With gas prices plumeting, and the Eco-boost on it's way.. this vehicle could really take-off next year. Just need to get the credit markets working again so people won't be so scared to spend money.
#63 of 68 Re: The styling..... [bobw3]
Oct 19, 2008 (8:28 pm)
I agree that the Flex is the wrong car at the wrong time but the idea of a twenty-thousand dollar three-row vehicle that get thirty miles per gallon is preposterous.
To get that mileage the engine wouldn't have close to enough power to move a six passenger vehicle. I would guess a vehicle of that ilk would strain to pull off a 20 second zero to sixty mph time. Perhaps some kind of diesel hybrid technology might do that mileage, but if Ford actually had the corporate conjones to produce that vehicle Americans would hold their nose and run in the other direction. And the Mazda 5 doesn't come anywhere close to that mileage, it is more like 20 mpg. The Honda Fit barely gets that mileage and it is two rows, tiny and light. Why don't you request a perpetual motion machine from Ford because that is just as likely as the "If" that you have proposed.
Where do these Edmund's chat room " experts " come from, better check with the engineering department next time, nybanker.
#64 of 68 Re: The styling..... [charlesb]
Oct 26, 2008 (4:05 pm)
the idea of a twenty-thousand dollar three-row vehicle that get thirty miles per gallon is preposterous.
There's a lot of cars in Europe and Asia that will do just that...have 3 rows and get better than 30mpg.
BTW...my Ford Freestyle will get in the upper 20s MPG on the highway if I keep the speed around 65mph, and the Mazda5 will get above 30MPG in the same driving conditions.
You might want to do a little research or google searches prior to posting.
#65 of 68 Re: The Mazda5 - I own one and the best Hwy MPG
Nov 03, 2008 (12:32 am)
I have ever had was on a trip from SLC to Denver and that was just over 26 MPG - and that was with just me and a suitcase. With all 6 seats filled, I am hard pressed to get over 22 MPG. 30 MPG isn't going to happen in the 5.
Feb 26, 2009 (6:29 pm)
i like the flex very much so much i might get one my windstar got 26.7 on a highway drive from western nc to annapolis md the flex has better areodinamics so i bet around 27.1 with the flex
FORD ARE YOU LISTENING!!!!!!!!!!!!! take the next gen focus strech it give it the 171hp 2.5 four cylnder and six gears make it nice inside sony sound six seats... and finally maket look good like a streched mazda 3 or lovered edge make it sporty 30mpg fully loded 25k Nice
but good job on the flex
#67 of 68 ford flex or Chev Equinox?
Mar 07, 2010 (12:42 pm)
I saw a Ford Flex and absolutely loved the looks of it. Don't like the price. But to be honest, haven't even tried one out yet. Just been doing research. Notice that Edmunds says the Equinox is a good bet. Should I be looking towards that? I don't want a trunk anymore. Was even thinking of getting a truck. Want something that will travel nice in. Go to Wisonsin once a year and do alot of traveling to see the relative 3 hrs away. Don't want a high payment either. Looking to retire in a year or so. Any advice?
#68 of 68 Fles SEL Ecoboost for a Family of 6
Mar 22, 2010 (7:28 am)
Perfect vehicle if you have kids in car seats. I can move the car seats from the 2nd row, to the 3rd row in around 5 minutes per seat, without getting in the car! The kids love riding in the back, they can both see out the front window, and can see out all the side windows too. There is enough room with the 40/40 folding seats in the second row for two others to sit comfortably, and to get to the 3rd row, push a button, the seats fold forward all by themselves, then you can reach in to strap or unstrap the kids. No other CUV is this easy, I tried them all. The GM models sit too high, so you have to lift the kids in. We had a Veracruz, which is a Really nice vehicle, I highly recommend one, but only AWD if you live where it snows, FWD is fine elsewhere. Getting into the 3rd row in the VC was not easy, compared to the Flex, it was much more difficult for us. We loved the VC though for everything else, BUT it was not an AWD version, and we discovered that it did not like wet slushy slippery snow and tended to try to pass itself. This is the reason we got the Flex, I got a great deal on an SEL EB. The ride is very comfortable, blind spots nearly non existent. Huge doors to get in an out of. Very powerful engine that gets pretty good MPG, it is getting better MPG than the VC did. This one can also tow 4500 pounds, and has built in sway control. The exterior takes some getting used to, BUT considering I had a 1979 Ford LTD wagon that I loved, this reminds me of that car, so it is growing on me. If they made this a little longer so a full sheet of plywood would fit, it would be my perfect car.
If you hate Minivans, this is the car for you, it is far from minivanish, but has the room, comfort, and convenience of one. If you dont like SUV's, this is also the car for you. The one thing I did not like overall of the GM versions when I was buying the Veracruz was it's overall size, it was too big, too much like an SUV. The size of the Flex is perfect, not too tall, yet not too small. I have big, an F350 Dually Diesel Crewcab with an 8' bed, the Flex fits in just perfectly.