In 2006, Ford made the executive decision to cancel production of both the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey. It was a dark day for the suburban soccer mom, indeed…
But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It’s the 2009 Ford Flex, the vehicle created with the Single-Dad/MILF-hunter in mind. Although believed by some to be filling the hole the Freestar left behind, the Ford Flex is quick to distinguish itself as a new breed entirely. Roughly the same size as its would-be brethren the Ford Explorer, the Ford Flex is a monster piece of machinery that rides like a luxury sedan. True to its “Crossover Utility Vehicle” label, the Ford Flex sits on a Taurus chassis and boasts a V6 engine, 262-horsepower, and 248 lb-ft of torque – masterfully combining the raw performance of a powerful SUV with the fluid ride of a full-size sedan.
But the performance and versatility doesn’t stop under the hood.
The Ford Flex also comes optionally equipped with Ford SYNC music/navigation technology, an impressive rear-speaker audio entertainment system, and a refrigeration console (read: mini-bar). Additionally, a multi-panel Vista roof accommodates those with a preference for the cruising-with-the-top-down feel, while tinted window panels and fully-removable rear seating cater to the “backseat, windows up” type.
Basically, with enough interior space to comfortably transport your kid’s entire basketball team (plus two subs), and enough chrome to make Don Magic Juan proud, the 2009 Flex makes it easy to maintain your game even with a trunk full of groceries and three kids in tow.