2009 Ford Flex

With the success of the retro-styled Mustang, Ford adds another bolt to its quiver of nostalgia vehicles with the Flex. Built on a crossover platform, the Flex follows the form of a 1950s station wagon, and includes distinct styling cues such as a white or silver roof cap and ribs along the sides.
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Three-bar grille

Ford's signature three-bar grille is prominent on the front of the Flex, the nose of which shows off a trucklike squareness.
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Headlights

High intensity discharge lights are a modern option on the Flex.
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V-6 power

This 3.5-liter V-6 power plant provides 262 horsepower and 248 foot-pounds of torque, enough to get the Flex moving fast enough for most driving situations.
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Seven seater

One key aspect of the Flex is that it puts a non-SUV seven-seater in Ford's lineup, with a body style more attractive than the Taurus X. The cabin looks surprisingly low from the outside, but feels spacious inside.
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Handling

Ride quality is good, if not particularly luxurious. As expected, there is body roll in cornering, but it is kept under control. We didn't think the handling felt floaty.
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Cargo space

The third row folds flat, adding significant cargo space.
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Vista roof

The Flex has more sunroofs in a single vehicle than we've ever seen, with one powered roof in front, two fixed roofs in the middle, and another fixed roof in back.
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Interior design

The dashboard uses Ford's chunky design, but with decent materials in this Limited version of the Flex.
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Voice command button

As this Flex has Ford Sync, the steering wheel gets a voice command button. Push it, and you can play music just by saying an artist's name.
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Automatic transmission

A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with the Flex. There are no shift options besides Drive and Low range.
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Fuel prices

You can also get Sirius Travel Link in the Flex, which gives you information about gas prices in the area around the car, along with traffic information.
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Weather report

Sirius Travel Link also includes weather information, with forecasts for many areas around the country.
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Sirius satellite radio

Sirius satellite radio naturally comes with Sirius Travel Link.
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iPod integration

The Sync system means you can hook up an iPod, other MP3 player, and even a USB drive for full integration with the stereo system.
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On-board music library

As the navigation system is hard-drive-based, you can rip CDs to the car.
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Cell phone integration

Ford Sync also has Bluetooth cell phone integration, letting you place calls by saying the name of anyone in your phone book.
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Rear seat refrigerator

A refrigerator sits between the rear seats, and can hold seven 12-ounce cans.
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