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Ford Flex: the Perfect Road Trip Car

The worst thing about the Ford Flex we were loaned last week was having to give it back to Ford; my family and I loved this car. Whether we were tooling around town or taking a road trip over the holidays, the Ford Flex was a comfortable, luxurious ride with all the power we needed.

Ford Flex at Glorietta Bay Inn

I have had a crush on the Ford Flex since it was first introduced and am appropriately jealous of my friends who own one. So when I knew that my family would be taking a little trip to Coronado Island at the Holidays, I started requesting to borrow a Flex for the trip. And graciously, Ford said yes.

My family and I were thrilled with all the luxury amenities in the Flex, including the Ford SYNC system with entertainment, navigation and roadside assistance. Of course the first thing my kids did was change all the radio station presets and connect our phones and iPods. Good kids I have.

The Flex is connected, with multiple places to charge your devices and usb ports to connect them.

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Then we configured all the seats the way we like them, loving the pinpoint accuracy, and more importantly, setting the temperature the way each of us likes it. The Flex allows both the passenger and the driver to have their own personal temperature, and the riders in the back seats can customize theirs as well. Just what we needed.

My impish son, who loves a practical joke, delighted in setting my seats and steering wheel heaters and coolers when I wasn’t paying attention. He managed to do it to me several times while I was driving, which I credit to the fact that I was focused solely on the road – and that he is very impish.

The storage area in the Flex is massive, and we were able to pack the opposite of lightly for our trip, with plenty of room to spare.

Ford Flex trunk empty
Ford Flex trunk full

We had the pleasure of traveling with my Aunt and Uncle on this vacation, so once we reached Coronado Island, we were able to unfold the third row of seats and all ride around together, which was really a nice bonus. Plus, everyone felt comfortable, on all of the seats.

Ford Flex third row seats

We drove south along the coast, which is truly spectacular and not to be missed if you have the chance, by the way. And the Flex was a great car to do it in, because there’s so much visibility.

Lest you think this is some sort of mini-van in disguise, made for short trips to daycare and the store only, I want you to know I gave the car a good run for its money on Highway 5 heading home from our trip. There were several times when the merging was tricky, but the Flex is really peppy and I was impressed with its performance and speed.

It looks like it might be like trying to park a limo, given the length of the Flex, but it moves so smoothly, even parallel parking was a breeze, of course helped by the rear-view camera.

I loved driving the Flex and my whole family loved riding in it.

Related: Road trip to Tucson in a Ford Edge

Sarah Auerswald is the co-Founder of She was loaned a Ford Flex for the purpose of this review. This is not a sponsored post.

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William L. Martinez

Sunday 26th of February 2023

I love mine. We put a tow package on it and went camping several times. I love my Ford Flex.

Sarah Auerswald

Sunday 26th of February 2023

Yes! It would be great for camping. Tons of room for gear. Thanks for commenting!


Saturday 4th of February 2023

2012 ford flex owner - love my baby - after 8 years NEVER any repairs - only basic maintenance / SUV style and comfortable and spacious 100% - over 160,000 miles and still purrs like a kitten

Sarah Auerswald

Monday 6th of February 2023

That's so great to hear!

Don Dustman

Monday 16th of January 2023

I love my Flex. Mine is a 2016 with just 24455 original miles, very comfortable and seats 6 Adults easily. But draw back is the idiots at Ford decided to discontinue production 2 years ago. I would buy another one in a heart beat.

Sarah Auerswald

Monday 16th of January 2023

It's a bummer they don't make them anymore. It makes all the ones still on the road (like yours) that much more valuable! Enjoy it.


Friday 25th of November 2022

Sorry it not the best car..... It likes to blow head gaskets... Alot.. have a 2009 ... Third head gaskets since I bought

Sarah Auerswald

Friday 25th of November 2022

Head gaskets are no joke. So sorry to hear it! That wasn't my experience.

Becky Schreib

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

We have a 2015 with captains seats and consoles in the 2nd row. We love that because our adult son has Down Syndrome and is always with us. We live in Meridian Idaho and have made a game out of how many Flexes we see every time we leave the house. Our record is 4 at an intersection at the same time. That has happened twice. They are so popular I just can't understand why they stopped making them. I am babying mine, I want it to last!

Sarah Auerswald

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Wow 4 at once in an intersection is pretty impressive! Thanks for sharing your story.

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