Ford Flex Spring Drive – The Excitement

by Erica Mueller

When Janice asked me if I’d like to participate in the Ford Flex Spring Drive, I couldn’t have been more excited. I may be a girl, but I love cars!!

Ford Flex - Photo by Jonathan Garrison PhotographyI’ve seen a few Flex’s around town, and I’ve read reviews of this beautiful car, but none of them prepared me for reality: This car is sweet! From the moment it pulled into my driveway, I was in love. The two-toned exterior with shiny chrome accents invited me to open the door and discover what lay beneath. I was not disappointed.

Leather seats, vista sunroof (a sun roof over every seat!) and a refrigerator in the center row’s console? You’ve got to be kidding! In a Ford? Yes, in a Ford. A Ford Flex.
I felt so spoiled to be driving this car for a whole week!

The Ford Flex stands out at so many levels, but I think style is what first catches the eye. With grooved door panels, 18″ or 19″ chrome wheels, and a unique body shape, the Flex turns heads everywhere it goes. It truly is a beautiful car; sporty, classy and practical all rolled into one.

    The Flex is the perfect Mom Car.

It has the functionality of a mini-van, yet it’s classy enough to chauffeur business executives during the work day.

There is plenty of room inside! I drove the Limited Edition model which has an optional center row seating arrangement with two full size bucket seats and an extra-special console in between them. Because the center row was not a 60/40 split bench seat with a fold down console, the whole vehicle had a very open and airy feel. The only downside? This seating arrangement only fits six instead of seven.

Inside the Ford Flex - Photo by Erica MuellerMy husband is 6’ 2” tall and he fit comfortably in the second row. I’m 5’ 6” and I fit fine, even in the third row. Ford designed the Flex to seat 6-7 adults, not 2 parents and their small children. This makes the Flex a huge plus for families with older children! (Or a night out with girlfriends!)

My two year old insisted on being the first in the driver’s seat. “I drive!” he said decidedly. He was so proud to be in the “new car” and he even asked for the keys because he knows you can’t turn on the radio without the keys! He was also quite excited about the sunroof over his seat and he liked that the shade slid back and forth. I think it’s good that he couldn’t reach it…

I’d heard an awful lot about the Microsoft SYNC System and I couldn’t wait to try it out! My Samsung Instinct is Bluetooth enabled and I was disappointed to find it doesn’t allow for hands-free texting. However, I did get to try out all the other awesome features including hands-free calling, playing media from my phone via the Bluetooth connection, and the on board navigation!

Ford Flex - Photo by Jonathan Garrison PhotographyI especially liked that the SYNC system has a split screen so you can view the map on one side and the current media connection on the other. (Or just about any combination of views you’d like!)

Even the climate controls are changed via the SYNC’s touch screen! In fact, I could change them hands-free with a few voice commands. Can you say FANCY?

Friends, neighbors, and complete strangers oohed and aahed over the Flex. It is entirely different from any car out there. The Ford Flex is luxury without the heart attack-inducing price tag. In fact, with Ford’s new Advantage Plan, you can feel safe purchasing a new Flex, knowing:

Ford will make payments on any newly purchased car, truck or SUV for an entire year, for customers who lose their jobs. Offering peace of mind to Americans considering the purchase of a new vehicle in these economic times, the Plan:

  • Will cover payments of up to $700 per month for up to 12 months on any new Ford, Lincoln or Mercury purchased today through June 1
  • Offers 0 percent financing on select Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles through Ford Motor Credit

For more information on the Ford Advantage Plan, watch as Mark Fields, (Executive Vice President, Ford Motor Company; President, The Americas) explains the Ford Advantage Plan.

*Professional photos courtesy of Jonathan Garrison Photography. FlickrFacebook

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1 Felicia - I Complete Me May 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I’m so glad you were able to test drive a ford flex. Thanks for letting us know all the good stuff.


2 Erica Mueller May 15, 2009 at 4:52 pm

There will be more coming over the next few days, so stay tuned for more Flex goodies! It’s a 3-part review…


3 Scott Monty May 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Nice touch with the Lightning McQueen hat! Glad you and your family enjoyed the ride, Erica.

Scott Monty
Global Digital Communications
Ford Motor Company


4 Jennifer, Snapshot May 15, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I have to admit that I think that the car is sort of funny looking, BUT I thought that about a lot of the crossovers when they first came on the scene, and now I love the look, so I think it’s more that I’m not used to it.

Great details so far! We have been very pleased with the Fords that we’ve owned and we are in the market for a new car in the next year or two.


5 Morgan May 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm

You make me want to ride in it! :) Great review!!! A sunroof over every seat?!


6 Sharon harvey May 16, 2009 at 4:08 am

Thanks for posting this – I now want one!!!


7 Melissa May 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Man, with the Ford Advantage plan I should have bought a Ford before I got laid off from my job. The only reason I didn’t buy a new car (which I am desperately in need of) was because I was getting laid off. Gosh, I could be driving around in a new car that I know is stable unlike the one I am driving today. Ugh! lol.


8 Valerie C May 17, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Good article! Good that Ford is starting to make hybrids now … don’t forget about car safety, though!!


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