2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD
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2009 Ford Flex

Ottawa, Ontario – While I’d hoped to have some impressions of how this big crossover handles snowy, slushy roads, Mother Nature dealt Ottawa a fairly mild February in which much of the precipitation fell as rain, or as very wet snow that melted shortly after hitting the ground.

So comments on all-wheel drive traction will have to wait until next week (we’re expecting a significant snowfall a couple of days from now), but in the meantime, roads wet with salty mess did reveal a few aspects, both positive and negative, about driving this big Ford in the winter.

The two-stage seat heaters are effective, but they take longer to get up to temperature than the bun warmers in other cars I’ve driven this winter. However, my full-jam Flex tester includes seat warmers for the second row – a nice treat for those riding coach, who normally don’t rate such luxuries. The engine takes its time getting toasty, too, which means waiting for heat in the cabin for defrosting windows. So, unlike in the 335i, you will need to scrape icy windows in the morning.

2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD
2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD. Click image to enlarge

That’s as much of an undertaking in the Flex as it is in any crossover, thanks to the high beltline and wide windshield. Tall people have a definite advantage; failing vertical superiority, a really long snowbrush is a must to remove snow and ice from the entire windshield, as well as the roof. None of that is rocket science, of course. It does make you wonder, though, how many crossover and minivan drivers consider this aspect of ownership before buying, given the number of these types of vehicles that are seen driving around with a foot of snow on the roof after a heavy snowfall.

The Flex’s 3.5-litre engine has shown no reluctance to start on even the coldest mornings, but the transmission in this particular example exhibits a rough 1-2 shift until the transmission fluid has had a few minutes to warm up. I don’t believe this is typical, as another Flex I drove just before switching it for the current one shifted just fine at all temperatures.

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