Feeling flexible: My week with the Ford Flex

Ford title Okay so I knew the Ford Flex was a big car, but I didn’t quite grasp how big the thing really was.

Although my blog mainly focuses on beauty, I’ve gotten many opportunities to tap into the lifestyle market here and chat about different industries other than lipstick and nail polish. I’m lucky to get the opportunity to work with Ford Canada and they often offer me some of their new cars to test drive for a week. I don’t test them out for engine speed or any other specs that you would find on an automotive blog, I just drive them for everyday use and look for the flashier features. Example, do the seats massage your back? How is the audio quality? Do they come in pretty colours?

Okay, all jokes aside, I was offered the chance to try out the 2016 Ford Flex, which is a huge car. Ford describes it as a crossover vehicle, meaning that it’s a vehicle built on a car platform and combines the features of an SUV and a passenger vehicle, especially those of a station wagon or hatchback. You may have seen these guys on the road as the Flex is shaped like a box on wheels. Not only is it a large car in general, but it’s also quite long, so I actually didn’t end up driving it too much since I rely on parallel parking for my day job and I didn’t think I would find a parking spot large enough for this beast.

Car Steering Wheel Ziggy in Ford

This car did come in handy though because I needed a vehicle to transport my bike from my house to my condo, and it fit perfectly in the back thanks to the fact that the back row of seats fold down, all at the push of a button. Seriously, if you are lugging around large stuff on a daily basis, consider getting this car, it has TONS of room.

Now onto the most important stuff.  Yes it has a heated steering wheel (a new must for me), heated seats, and an amazing entertainment console. The 2015 Ford Flex has the new SYNC 3 system, which is a user interface which allows drivers to interact through voice control or with a tap on the touch screen. So say for example you want to know some restaurant suggestions, well all you have to say is “I’m hungry” and the car will tell you some hot spots.

Entertainment Rear

As for driving, the Flex offers a super smooth ride and has enough pep in it to really zoom on the highways (in fact, it has an available 3.5L EcoBoost® that generates 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a wide 1,500-5,500 rpm range).

Overall, I really enjoyed my time with the Flex, although I did learn that it was too big of a car for my liking (a standard SUV is big enough for me!). It also wasn’t the greatest on gas mileage, but that’s to be expected when the vehicle is as large as that one is.  If you like big cars though, I would look into the Flex, as I actually liked the look of the vehicle (it’s a monster) and it’s definitely something different than what you generally see on the road.

Have you driven the 2015 Ford Flex?

Please note, I received no compensation for this post aside from the car for a week. All opinions are my own.

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