Today's Rave: Cavernous headroom in Ford Flex

Today's Rave: Cavernous headroom in Ford Flex

I love a good functional test in one of my cars. So, whenever I can, I bring friends into the process because, like it or not, there are some things that a single, petless, petite driver just can't test. Last night, I took the Ford Flex out to Northbrook so that a pair of friends -- and their 2 Old English Sheepdog puppies -- could check it out. And, while I was already impressed with its comfort, pickup and maneuverability, I have to admit I like it just a little bit more today.

First we lifted the 20-pound puppies into the back to see how they could frolic around with the third-row down. We tried to envision said puppies with an extra 80 pounds each and how they would fit, and I have to admit it looked pretty promising. The one thing we did discover, however, is if we put the second row down, there were some gaps between the folded-flat seatbacks in which little puppy feet got caught. As long as the second row stayed up, they were fine.

The best thing I discovered last night, though, is that my 6'4'' friend could sit in the back seat, behind a driver's seat in the far-back position. While his knees were a tad cramped, the headroom was amazing. As he settled in, he said that the legroom was approaching Audi A8L territory. And the headroom was unmatched to any other SUV he'd sat in previously. I must have looked skeptical because he said: "Seriously, I can't even fit in the back seat of a Ford Explorer."

So, parents with tall (and growing) children take note: The Ford Flex just might work for you.

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  • That gets back to our prior conversation about sloped back roofs on CUVs. The Flex and Explorer are on the same platform, but the roof is a difference. Apparently in the same MSRP range.

    That, and the Toyota FJ Cruiser seem to be the remaining "old school" members of that group.

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