The all-new 2009 Ford Flex has been named one of AUTOMOBILE Magazineâ€™s 2009 All-Stars.
â€œWe were taken by the Flexâ€™s exterior design, which is thoroughly modern while harking back to the glory days of U.S. automakers, and a cabin that is a masterpiece of ergonomic engineering and chock-full of high-tech features,â€ said Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of AUTOMOBILE Magazine.
AUTOMOBILE Magazine is one of the countryâ€™s leading automotive lifestyle publications. All-Stars were chosen following an intensive test drive of the yearâ€™s most innovative and important new cars, says Jennings. Winners were selected based on design, value and performance, driving enjoyment and the vehicleâ€™s ability to redefine an existing category or create a new market segment.
â€œWith seven-passenger capacity and generous proportions, the Flex is a vehicle that defies conventional wisdom,â€ said Jennings. â€œThe Flex concentrates on refinement and emphasizes style while being as practical as a minivan.â€
According to Ford Crossover Communications Manager Usha Raghavachari, the Flex is successfully attracting new customers to Ford, half of which are completely new to the brand.
â€œCustomers are initially drawn to the Flex by its fresh, distinctive design and upscale, yet functional interior,â€ she said. â€œThey are also captivated by innovative new technologies, like SYNC, which allows you to voice-activate your cell phone and MP3 player; a class-exclusive fridge, which cools and freezes; and SIRIUSÂ Travel Linkâ„¢, which among other things allows you to get real-time traffic and weather and check gas prices at 120,000 gas stations across the country.â€
Flex also ranks at the top of its class with fuel economy, providing 24 mpg on the highway. The vehicle also comes standard with six air bags, a Safety Canopy System and Advance Trac with RSC (Roll Stability Controlâ„¢).
â€œAll in all, itâ€™s a truly irresistible combination that makes the Flex worthy of being an AUTOMOBILE Magazine All-Star,â€ said Raghavachari.