Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

4 of 4
BACK NEXT
A few points lost
Price range: $28,295 - $36,555
Fuel economy: 24 mpg Hwy, 17 mpg City

The Flex's one major failing is that it just isn't very enjoyable to drive. Those used to SUVs will feel right at home with the Flex's truck-ish road feel, but you can do better.

Mazda's CX-9 comes close in size and could even be called fun to drive. GM's big crossovers -- the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and the Buick Enclave -- drive more like cars than trucks, soaking up bumps while keeping an even keel in turns.

The Flex, by contrast, definitely feels like an SUV. The ride is somewhat stiff and the steering feels sluggish and remote. Handling through turns feels balanced, though, with well-controlled body lean, especially compared to a regular, truck-based SUV.

The Flex's 3.5-liter V6 engine provides ample power for driving around town. When pulling hard on the highway or when loaded down with people and luggage it starts to feel overworked and strained, though.

Next year, Ford will introduce a version with turbochargers and direct fuel injection. The extra power will be welcome and, hopefully, will be tuned to maintain something like this version's fuel economy numbers.

More galleries

Last updated July 16 2008: 1:36 PM ET
More Galleries
Coolest gadgets to kick off summer Ease into summer with these gadgets for playing, relaxing and taking selfies. More
Drones are getting smaller and smarter These compact drones are built for racing, photography, education and some goofy fun. More
Top luxury hotel suites for business travelers For many people, you can't put a price on comfort. More

Special Offer