My wife and I recently test drove a Ford Flex. We loved most things about the vehicle, but I have a few ideas on how to make it better....at least in my opinion. The main one involves the EcoBoost 4 cylinder engine. A new direct injection turbo charged 4 cylinder engine in teh 2.0 to 2.5 Liter range should be capable of about 270Hp and 270ft-lbs of torque. This would be the powertrain of choice in the Flex, at least in my opinion. A turbo charged engine has two huge advantages over the NA V6, first it has a much flatter torque curve, and second it is forced induction. This engine couple with at least a 6 speed (maybe even a 7 speed transmission) should provide better fuel mileage and improved performance. The flat plateau torque curves of the turbo fours are wonderful! And what could be better than a vehcile that maintains power even at elevations!
The main reason we didn't buy this past weekend was the fuel mileage of the vehicle. Currently we have a 99 Saturn that gets an average of 31 mpg in mixed driving and a 09 VW Jetta TDI that maintains a 42+ mpg in mixed driving. Since my wife and I drive around 50 to 60 minutes to work each day in opposite directions, switching to a vehicle that would most likely net us an 18 mpg average on our drives just isn't in the cards...find a way to get us up to 23 to 25, and we're in!
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