2010 Ford Flex EcoBoost

April 15th, 2010

Among models that go over the edge on the design, there are some who are a bit too forced natuurlijk, and others for which the whole package feels coherent en complete. The 2010 Ford Flex is one of the latter, its boxy look and maybe bold details to match your practical and fashionable needs, and the new EcoBoost turbocharged engine finally gives a lively feel without impact fuel economy close to single digits.

This boxy brick of a vehicle, for all practical purposes, the modern interpretation of the Volvo 245 Wagon-crossed with a pronounced spicy, stylish elements. There is a bit of the MINI Clubman, with a hint of Ranger Rover Sport too.

With a nice, upright seating position and plenty of headroom, combined with an “H-point” (where your hips are) that is a little bit higher than that of a car, but not as high as in a true SUV, the Flex offers the best of both worlds on packaging, with a good view, but none of the too high, tipsy feeling. sedan-like driving position feels itself, and it is refreshing to know where the corners of the car to the maneuvering in a parking lot. About the only detail we would change on the inside, the center-design stack, the sound system and climate control dials were easy to confuse with each other, and the dot-matrix-like view of our non-nav -equipped car looks dated.

EcoBoost adds a fresh feel without undermining crack kilometers

The EcoBoost 3.5-liter turbocharged gasoline V-6 engine in Flex made it feel like a different, more responsive car than the naturally aspirated V-6, with no noticeable decrease in fuel consumption. The engine makes 355 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque, and you can feel coming on a lot of torque available from just over 1,500 rpm or so. The transmission is smart with the engine to shift up when you can benefit from the efficient set, but switched back immediately, two or three gears when needed for passing.

The Flex powertrain will only reward you with an excellent kilometers away when you gently. During the first 30 or 40 miles of driving in the city, our kilometers languished under the 16-mpg mark, according to the onboard computer. All notes, however, is not terrible, had decided to put a Ford V-8 with that level of output in the Flex, we doubt it would have returned more than 13 or 14 in the real world urban driving. But then a full week and approximately 400 miles of driving, including a weekend at the Interstate and two-lane roads countries the numbers were more impressive: We average about 21 mpg, coming close to the 22-mpg Highway rating match the total. Also impressive is that Ford is no requirement for premium fuel in this engine (although recommended for peak power and we have 91-octane gas).

The 2010 Ford Flex SEL AWD test vehicle we had this time was optioned with power Autofold second row seats, towing a trailer package, and silver, two-tone color scheme, all totaling $ 41,555, including destination. SEL includes an improved 12-speaker Sony sound system and bright.

On more than £ 4,800, the Flex EcoBoost feels like a big car, but the power and torque, as well as the confidence of the transmission behavior, well-tuned steering, and very capable brakes serve twisty two-lane roads a good deal more fun than you might expect. And on the Interstate, with such eager powertrain and quiet, well-insulated interior, maybe you should moderate yourself with the cruise control speed will crawl on you. Ride quality is great on the highway, and even in the city on rougher surfaces of the Flex has a more sophisticated, absorbing suspension feel than the Taurus. And if you think the boxy shape is more wind noise inside to produce, you’re wrong.

Can not be just for long trips

While the third row seat of the Flex is suitable for many short trips, the second row are for the most part as good as the front seats. For a long trip for four adults, it remains a top pick, in addition to the Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Buick Enclave, and full-size luxury sedan legends like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (and the Lincoln MKT Flex-related , too).

But unlike some of these vehicles, the Flex is simply more likely to fit, without looking or dressed too arrogant. Volume low-riding cruiser utility, part suburban soccer mom-mobile, and some clumsy hipster car, the Ford Flex is a segment busting, well-designed tool box of a vehicle that fits the scene.

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