MyFord Touch, however, does not make me feel happy in my soul. Or anywhere else for that matter. It makes me a sad panda. MyFord Touch could be so good, but it isn’t. The instrument cluster section is great – as are the steering wheel mounted controls that power it. The main screen, though, is a hot mess of slow-to-react menus and miniscule touch points for your options. The large rotary that controls volume isn’t immediately apparent as a volume controller, but at least works well once your figure it out. I experienced freezing and crashing twice during our week in it. I think secretly the folks at Ford are turning cartwheels with excitement now that MyFord Touch is on its way out and Sync 3 is on its way in. Goodness knows I am!

The Flex is also not wonderful on fuel. I ended the week at 13.8 L/100 km and unlike most weeks that are 90 percent city, this week in question was 75 percent highway. The EPA rates it at 14/10.2/13.1 L/100 km city/highway/combined. Not exactly a thrifty sipper.

Those are the complaints – how about the good stuff?

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2015 Ford Flex AWD Limited steering wheel, gauges, centre stack, second row media & HVAC controls. Click image to enlarge

First, the seats are comfortable and wide, with excellent access for all three rows. Loading my daughter was a dream. The feature list is good, with XM, adaptive cruise, lane-keep assist, park assist, self parking (!), a “panoramic” sunroof and leather interior. There’s even a 115V household power outlet.

That panoramic roof is a bit of a long bow to draw; it’s not so much panoramic as just three extra little sunroof portholes cut into the top. If you’re expecting something like in a Kia Rio or a Land Rover Range Rover Evoque you’re dreaming. Still, I could see myself gazing at the stars through those portholes as I slept, warm and secure on the fully flat floor. Come to think of it, the Flex is an ideal impromptu camper van. Just add mattress. And if the Flex is a rocking… I’m probably having a seizure. I’m married after all.

Out on the road bumps are barely noticeable and wind noise is far quieter than I was expecting. You could easily do a full day of driving in the Flex without a single complaint. The roominess of the interior and the softness of the seats, coupled with that ultra-smooth ride will have your entire family arriving at their destination with sanity and pleasant demeanours intact.

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2015 Ford Flex AWD Limited cargo area configurations. Click image to enlarge
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