Sunday, April 5, 2015

What is the Ford Flex?

The Ford Flex is a unique vehicle that really deserves its own market as it doesn’t really fit in as an SUV, a wagon or a minivan.  The Ford Flex offers a unique look that will appeal to those who need a minivan but don’t want one.  This vehicle will also appeal to those who are looking for a wagon performance in a larger bodied vehicle that offers more space for cargo and passengers to ride along.  The Ford Flex is put in a category as a crossover SUV, but it seems to be much more than that to me.

The Ford Flex has some specific attributes that make it attractive, but also some that detract from it.  Let's start by calling it a minivan.  It has the space of a minivan with lots of seating and plenty of power under the hood.  The Flex even has some great cargo space in the rear to carry plenty of gear. 

As a minivan, or a replacement for a minivan, the Flex offers a look that is much more attractive than a minivan.  The only detractor may be the ride.  Because the Flex is not a minivan the ride might be a bit rougher than a typical minivan, but the overall result is a vehicle that offers everything needed in a minivan without the looks of a minivan.

When we call the Flex an SUV we can see a lot of similarities.  The Flex has a boxy shape that resembles some larger SUV’s and a good amount of power from the engine to carry the load when the vehicle is loaded down with cargo and people.  The Flex can even handle some light trails, but they need to nearly resemble roads because this vehicle is not made to be an off roader.  The Flex also has little to no towing capacity so asking it to tow a boat is out of the question.

As a wagon, the Flex would be the largest among the wagon class.  This vehicle has lots of space and plenty of power.  It sits low enough to be considered a wagon and performs adequately like one.  The only detractor is the size because the Flex can be hard to maneuver in tight parking lots and areas that are meant for smaller vehicles.  Because that is about the most we can detract the Flex from the wagon it is a great vehicle to own and consider as a wagon.

Overall, the Ford Flex offers a dynamic driving experience of a vehicle that makes a great urban SUV.  In that regard only will it be considered an SUV, otherwise this large vehicle that offers up to 365 horsepower and an all-wheel drive system should be considered either a wagon that is too big for its own britches or a minivan that is in disguise.  No matter what the reality is of this vehicle it is marketed to be crossover SUV, but just doesn’t seem to know how to fit in with that particular class.

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