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* Bold Design Inside and Out: New Ford Flex full-size crossover is the first vehicle of its kind with a bold design, striking interior and seven-passenger seating for families.

* Cool Features: Interior refrigerator, second-row footrests, Ford Sync™ in-car communications and entertainment system, capless fueling, a 2,300-song personal juke box, programmable ambient interior “mood lighting” and a Multi-Panel Vista Roof™ are among the many customer-inspired innovations.

* Safe and Secure: An available rear back-up camera, s tandard f ront-and-side-seat mounted air bags, three-row Safety Canopy ® side curtain and AdvanceTrac ® with RSC ® (Roll Stability Control) offer the safety and security customers demand for their families.

* Powerful and Confident: An award-winning 3.5-liter V-6 engine, fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission and available intelligent all-wheel-drive provide powerful and confident road manners.

* On Sale Next Year: The 2009 Ford Flex goes on sale in the summer of 2008, joining the Edge and Taurus X in Ford’s popular crossover lineup.


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LOVE IT. By far the best vehicle in Ford's stable.

Edit: Amazing, beautiful, unique, (should be a big) hit

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Details include tweed-like fabric for the base-level Flex SE’s seats, with inserts in a miniature houndstooth.

Class-exclusive refrigerator, mounted between the second-row captain’s chairs. Unlike competitors’ systems that merely keep cold beverages cool, the Flex’s available compressor-driven refrigerator can cool up to seven 12-ounce cans, four half-liter bottles or two 20-ounce bottles from room temperature to 41 degrees in just more than two-and-one-half hours. That’s 40 percent faster than a standard home refrigerator.

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I will have to see the exterior in person. In a couple shots it looks fine but in most it looks ugly. The interior looks good, but not as good as the Acadia. I'd like to see what the volume model looks like, too, not just the upscale model.

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I'm going to need to see this one in the real world before I really know what I think of it.

My initial impression is favorable and it seems to have found a unique spot in the current world of automotive design. I love how everyone is dancing around the design of a traditional station wagon yet keeping it at arm's length, this seems to be one of the more successful recent efforts in that direction. I see a stretched and upsized Mini wagon here, yet it has a very Ford style to its boxiness.

I think I like it.

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I'll have to see it up close. It is different, and I'm happy Ford took a chance on its styling.

But people these days are bland and boring. I see too many grey Toyota Highlander's on the road and too few red Dodge Magnum's. This could look too bold for families.

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I like it. I really do. However, it has the worst name of any vehicle in recent history. Worse than the Isuzu Hombre, which translates to "I bought a 5-speed Man because I like to feel the stick."

I agree, the name sucks. It's not as luxurious as the car is, IMO. "County Spire" or "Fairlane" are much better. "Flex" sounds cheap.

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