2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD

The badge on the tailgate says "AWD," but I'm hesitant to believe it, after all the torque steer I experienced during some back-road trials. The sluggish transmission and the droning engine note also undermined my search for sport.

The Flex has many positives, though. Ride and, to a slightly lesser extent, handling, are very impressive for a vehicle this size. From behind the wheel, the Flex feels smaller than it is, and I found the driver's seat quite comfortable once I got settled. I agree with Lorio that the Flex needs a telescoping steering column, though.

I know it resembles a refrigerator, but I, too, like the look of the Flex's exterior, and the interior implements some nice details (not the least of which is that crystal-clear, multifunction navigation unit) that I hope to see in future Ford products.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

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