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Ford Flex



  • I love the look of the New Ford Flex. It reminds me of the old Surfer Cars ("the Woody's). I plan on test driving one when they arrive in the showroom. I postponed buying a 2007 Ford Explorer (Ironman edition) because of the Ford Flex.
    One person commented that it would be "dead on arrival", I thought they were going to kill the Ford Flex off, and take it off the market.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    Looking at the specs and pictures, I don't see much difference on the interior between the Flex and current Taurus X. They both look to be about the same dimensions inside and out. They both have the same flip and fold 3rd row that raises up the floor creating a low cargo area. The TaurusX at least can hold 3 in the 2nd row, and from the photos on the Ford website, the legroom in the 2nd & 3rd rows looks about the same too, as does the cargo area behind the 3rd row.

    So other than the exterior styling...what does the Flex have over the current Taurus X aka Freestyle.

    Seems like Ford is just rebadging the same car...Freestyle-TaurusX-Flex. Sort of like the Windstar to Freestar minivan naming.
  • gregg_vwgregg_vw Posts: 2,437
    The Windstar to Freestar is not a good analogy. Ford recycled the exact same body (with some minor trim variations) to the Freestar, and it was a stupid move.

    The Flex is actually longer in the wheelbase than the FS/TX. Thus, it has significantly more second row legroom. It is also wider, so interior width is a bit more as well. Overall volume will be up.

    The other way it is not a rebadge is the body itself. The TX is an anonymous-to-blah design, whereas the Flex is polarizing (love it or hate it). That by itself will get the Flex more sales than the FS ever saw. And with the Taurus X as likely to fall flat as the Freestyle (free of style), I doubt Ford will keep it on the market a long time. But it is ready now, and the Flex isn't.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    Even though it's wider, it still only shows in the photos seating for 6, so if that's the case, there wouldn't be any real improvement for passengers on space, since 2 passengers in the 2nd or 3rd row aren't bumping shoulders anyway in a FS. It would help a little with cargo space though. The TaurusX/FS has a lot of 2nd row legroom (about 42" I think) with 33" in the 3rd row, so I wonder how much more the Flex will have?

    It's true the styling is different, although I don't know if the shoebox styling is any "better" than the "boring" style of the TaurusX/FS.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,018
    It's better styling simply because some people absolutely love it and others absolutely hate it. As opposed to the Taurus X which seeks not to offend anyone and ends up not being loved, either.

    The Flex is considerably larger than the Taurus X AND will have many more features not available on the Taurus X.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    Anyone know the projected MPG and cargo space behind the 3rd row?
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    if Ford will discontinue the Taurus X when the Flex hits the markets. The car seems to be rather dead end anyways...
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,018
    No - the styling and size is different. However, I think the Taurus X will bite the dust when the redesigned explorer goes Unibody - supposedly on the D3 platform with FWD/AWD. See the Explorer America concept at the upcoming Detroit auto show.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    I think the Flex will be Ford's minivan replacement and the Taurux X will remain Ford's 7 passenger SUV, with the Edge being the 5 passenger CUV.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Well, although I would prefer a CX-9 in my garage for my wife to drive, I can assure you, the FLEX will be there instead, because it has a keypad on the door, and nobody but Ford has it. She will keep her old Mountaineer if I can't replicate the keypad.......

    I don't know if there is anybody else like her out there, but this, I know....
  • fezofezo Manahawkin, NJPosts: 10,330
    I saw one of these the other day in a parking lot nearby. It looks nice in person. Overpriced but nice.
    2013 Mazda 5 Grand Touring, 2010 Toyota Prius IV. 2007 Toyota Camry XLE, 2004 Toyota Camry LE, 1999 Mazda Miata
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,018
    Overpriced compared to what?
  • cannon3cannon3 Posts: 296
    A person in my neighborhood bought a silver Flex with the white roof. I have seen it now parked in their driveway along with out on the road a few times. What an eye catching vehicle. I like it myself. Would I buy one, no. Not for me, my kids are about all grown up. If my kids were younger, yep, I would buy. Very original styling and look for Ford.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,094
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  • JTOJTO Posts: 28
    It's the middle of April. Any idea when the 2010 models will come out... Or at least more info on what will be added, changed, etc. I hear all about the Ecoboost engine, but what might be included in that package?

    Hopefully the downshift thing, and telescoping column will be addressed... they seem to be the only gripes.
  • peterraopeterrao Posts: 4
    This definitely takes the Gold Cup for the "ugliest design". I would think that Ford would do better with past failures in their minvan segment.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,018
    Just because it's ugly to you doesn't mean it's ugly to everyone else. It's a polarizing design - some people hate it but others love it. As opposed to bland minivan styling that nobody notices one way or the other. It's actually selling decently right now considering the overall car market.
  • edf4edf4 Posts: 65
    Ugly?? No, this car is sharp looking and unique, and a very welcome change from the look-alike SUV's and minivans on the road today. No one will confuse it for anything else. I'm proud of Ford for taking a bold step and producing this car, though whoever came up with Flex should be demoted. What a terrible name: it sounds like a toothpaste. If I were in the market for a large, sharp looking vehicle, this would be the one I would buy, hands down!
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,018
    Thank you for proving my point......
  • Just took delivery of my black/silver Flex Ltd. last night and can't wipe the smile off my face. Driving into my parking garage this morning, I couldn't help but notice how bland and similar every other CUV/SUV looks. I'm reminded of the Q5 commercial with the kid coming out of the school to a line of identical Lexus RX's.

    Now that I've got it, the design doesn't strike me as that unusual, honestly. It's not like the Aztek whic was barely even shaped like a motor vehicle.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 8,018
    4,305 units sold in May. It was a slow starter but catching on. I think a lot of people were waiting to see others on the road and sales will continue to slowly ramp up over the next few months.

    If you assume a 40% reduction in the overall car market that puts the pre-meltdown sales volume at 7,175 or 86,100 per year which is really close to what Ford was predicting.

    Given the current environment this is impressive.
  • kustom1kustom1 Posts: 1
    did you find out when the 2010's are delivering?
  • big_guybig_guy Posts: 372
    I've heard that the 2010's are coming out in September of '09. I've also heard that the telescoping steering column will be available starting on the 2nd or 3rd production run ... be available end of October. But that is just what I've heard.
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