A-List Rides: Flexing In The Ford Flex

In case you wondered why the Ford Flex seemed so hip to you, maybe it’s because a veteran hip-hop deejay is responsible for the popular Ford crossover. In 2009—after years of being known for his affinity for car customization and hosting TV shows in that practiced it—Funkmaster Flex revealed his creation of the Ford Flex at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

The distinctively boxy SUV has been a brand staple for Ford, because its trendy look, spacious cabin and modern offerings make it a signature vehicle for the automotive manufacturer.

The Ford Flex will make you want to call your friends and family and tell them: “Road trip!” You can get Lottie, Dottie and everybody in this vehicle that offers great seat space, storage space, trunk space and any other type of space you may need.

It’s a versatile crossover, offering the space and needs of a parent with kids without the mini van feel; competitive pricing against its peer group; and EcoBoost, which gives it the push of many sporty sedans.

It’s a pleasant vehicle to drive, too, easily gliding on the highway and through the city and carrying itself much more like a smaller vehicle. The Ford Flex has crisp steering and a compliant feel that comes from its long wheelbase, but with excellent control.

Ford Flex has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that now makes 287 hp and returns 1 mpg better compared to last year’s model. The newly added turbocharged 365-hp EcoBoost Flex runs off 0-60 mph times of under seven seconds and lightens up the Flex’s footwork. The latter makes it the fastest vehicle in the class.

Despite its size, parking the Ford Flex is surprisingly more manageable than one would think. I spent a day in the Georgetown district of Washington, DC and was able to effortlessly parallel park on the streets at meters and maneuver in several parking garage structures.

The safety offerings on the Ford Flex are top-notch. With a truck this size, you’ll appreciate the rearview camera and parking sensors that are available and were featured on my test model. Other additional perks include the blind-spot warning system and adaptive cruise control.  And if you’re wondering about the sound system, just remember, the Ford Flex was designed by a deejay so the music will thump just right!

Spin Control: If you want a fly whip that offers space, convenience and speed, you get your money’s worth with the Ford Flex. My test model listed for $46,065.

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