Test Driving a #FordFlex from @FordCanada

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I had the amazing opportunity to test drive a Ford Flex!

I would like to share my overall thoughts on the Ford Flex. We drove the Ford Flex Limited AWD. Included in this vehicle were:

  • 19 inch painted aluminium wheels
  • Heated folding power exterior mirrors
  • Sony Branded Premium Audio System
  • Adjustable pedals with memory
  • First row perforated heated leather seats with memory
  • power lift gate
  • BLIS with cross traffic alert
  • Intelligent Access with push button start
  • rearview camera
  • reverse sensing system
  • remote start
  • rain sensing wipers
  • fog lamps
  • SYNC with MyFordTouch
  • Sirius Satellite XM Radio
  • First Row power recline and power lumbar seats
  • dual zone temperature control
  • easy fuel capless fuelling
  • auto fold second row
  • 3.5 L Duratec V6 engine
  • 6 speed, select shift automatic transmission
  • electronic power assisted steering
  • Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control

To understand the reason behind the flowers, feel free to read this post.

Honestly, this vehicle had so many bells and whistles, it would have taken more than one week to try them all out and to get comfortable with them. I loved the majority of the many unique features of the Flex, but I did wish that there was a way to turn all of them off with the touch of a button and to add them in one at a time.

Cars are such a personal preference. For women, maybe it could be related to buying a bathing suit – yes, the looks are super important, but the fit is just as important! For men, I’m not sure what it could be compared to, women maybe?! (LOL)

Everyone has different comfort needs because everyone’s body is different, everyone has different accessory preferences because some people like cars as simple as they come (cars that just take them from point A to point B) and some people love all of the bells and whistles (because they love gadgets and appreciate the added technology).

What one person loves, another person may dislike. This is why test driving or better yet, renting a desired vehicle prior to purchase is so important!

My husband and I couldn’t be any different than one another when it comes to our car preferences, which would be fine because we are both fortunate enough to drive our own car. However, the problem comes in when we take road trips (more than 15 minutes in the car) because my husband gets car sick VERY easily when he isn’t driving and my vehicle is typically the larger vehicle to fit the whole family and our luggage. This means that we must compromise when selecting a family vehicle.

Over all I absolutely loved driving and riding in the Ford Flex. It is a very spacious and roomy vehicle with very comfortable seats (that could be heated or cooled according to your preference and the season). The power seat adjustments and power mirror controls allow you to tailor your comfort to be perfect for your body and preferences.

As I mentioned in another post, my favourite features of the Ford vehicle were the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), the Active Park Assist, the Rear Sensing System and the Visual Park Aid.

The most impressive feature was definitely the Active Park Assist. I was quite hesitant to try it out, but I knew that I couldn’t “test drive” the Flex without giving it a shot. What I loved about it was although the vehicle was making the decisions as far as turning the steering wheel to parallel park the vehicle, I was still in complete control of the speed at which it parked. When I wasn’t 100% sure, I simply touched the brake and the vehicle stopped and then I inched into the parking spot. It parked beautifully like a well oiled machine! I was super impressed. After the parking job was complete, my husband piped up saying, “now that is impressive” and my daughter said, “Well, now we HAVE to own a Ford Flex”!

The engine was very peppy and the drive was smooth on our 4 hour road trip. Although we weren’t allowed to eat or drink anything in the vehicle, I did find that the cup holders were in a perfect location for all passengers. You wouldn’t think this would be a big deal, but in our current vehicle, there are no cup holders for the middle row and the driver cup holders are rather inconvenient.

The one downside to the Ford Flex for me is that while the size of the vehicle is absolutely perfect for a family with children (or pets), we really missed our sliding doors on our current vehicle. While our children are still young, regular car doors are difficult for them to open and they make me nervous that they won’t be able to control the door so I ended up parking at the back of every parking lot, especially because this Flex wasn’t ours. If the Flex had sliding doors, it would hands down be one of my dream vehicle right now! I’m not saying that I wouldn’t choose to own one because of this, but I would miss my current sliding door option A LOT!

I also wish that some of the buttons could be disabled for safety sake when young children are in the vehicle. The buttons that control the “auto fold second row” feature can be somewhat dangerous for children, in my opinion. Where the buttons were located was exactly where my son grabbed onto the frame of the car while he got himself out of the back seat. The second row seats close rather abruptly and with some serious force which could potentially harm a child. This auto fold feature is wonderful and convenient, it is just the location of the buttons (or the lack of control to deactivate them) that worried me, as a Mom. Knowing that this was the case, we simply made a rule in the car that no one got out of their seats until an adult was helping them and children do not touch any buttons in the car. If we owned this vehicle, these rules would be in place and it would simply become routine for us.

During my week long loan, I also had the opportunity to experience the amazing Ford Customer Service! One of the seat belts retracted so far that it locked, I truly believe this was a fluke. However, we took it into the dealer for them to look at and I was VERY impressed and pleased with the amazing customer service! The service was fast and friendly!

The Flex got a lot of attention during our week long loan. Many people approached us to talk about the vehicle, it is an impressive vehicle to look at and to talk about! Right down to the wheels:

To read more of my thoughts on the Ford Flex go here:
My Journey with Ford Canada
The Excitement
The Beauty of the Ford Flex

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11 Responses to Test Driving a #FordFlex from @FordCanada

  1. Canadian Dad says:

    Wow! Great write up! I had the opportunity to test out some of the Electric cars from Ford last week and I definitely loved the BLIS and the handling.

    Most imnportantly, I loved all the Bells and Whistles! The more stuff they add to keep men happy, the more I want to buy!!!

  2. Christine says:

    WOW! Love it! Fab post! I love Ford vehicles. My cousin and his wife have twins the same age as my little one (3 years old) and they LOVE their Ford Flex. They say it’s hip, trendy, cool, sexy, sleek…AND a family vehicle. They also said, “And, at least it’s not an ugly family van!” Ummm…I’ve got a family van 🙁 LOL!!!

  3. do you always drive around with flowers in your car? lol looks like a sharp vehicle, I hate it when you can’t disable certain functions too

  4. mamawee says:

    great review – and I still love the flowers from your little one!

  5. Bonnie Way says:

    Wow, cars sure are getting fancy! I drive a Jeep TJ that is, well, a Jeep. 🙂 It has four wheels and a steering wheel, and we thought we were lucky to get the model that has carseat anchors and air conditioning. That said, sometime soon we’ll have to upgrade to a larger family vehicle, so I’ll definitely be looking into something like this. Interest what you said about the sliding door – I wouldn’t have thought about that. Thanks for your review!

  6. Jodi Shaw says:

    Great review! We’ve been looking at Ford vehicles for a bit now. Love the pics you shared as well, never enough pics of the interior of the cars when looking online.

  7. I totally love my Ford Focus! and absolutely LOVE LOVE the look of the flex, but when i sat in one, it felt so big!!

  8. NPC says:

    Awesome, Ford rocks. I’m hoping to get into one in the coming month. I drive a Ford now but, would love to try the new bells and whistles. Hey Canadian Dad, it’s not just men that like that stuff. 😉 Hahaha!

  9. Nicole says:

    Great post! I love how thorough you were with your review. I’m certainly keeping Ford in the back of my mind when I’m on the hunt for a new car. Love all the features.

  10. SamiJoe says:

    I haven’t had the chance to drive a Ford Flex yet, but it looks like I’ll love it when my chance comes!

  11. kathy downey says:

    It must have been a sweet ride !

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