2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD

My first impression is "smooooth!" Great shifts from the tranny, including "D" engagement. The engine is muted well. It's a little weak down low but ultimately is enough for this type of vehicle. The seating position is a bit cargo van-like (pedals too close), and the seats look flat, but they are comfortable.

I like the new Sync interface, except for the fact that it crashed on me when I was using the navigation system. The screen locked up, but there were no changes to HVAC, the radio station (although the volume reacted slowly), or the navigation. A quick restart didn't solve the problem. It unlocked only after the car was parked for a few hours. Unacceptable.

Otherwise, the Flex is pretty great. You're immediately impressed by the amount of space - the second row is huge! The vehicle is much bigger than you think it is. And it's great-looking.

But why doesn't Ford illuminate the volume control or the lighter? That's annoying.

Jason Cammisa, West Coast Editor

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