It Has Come to My Attention That the Ford Flex Is Still on Sale

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I had sort of assumed that the Ford Flex, a retro gigantic wagon in an age of globular crossovers, had faded into obscurity already. Not quite, as it turns out.


Go to Ford’s webpage and (rudely) under the “SUVs and Crossovers” section you’ll find 2019 Flexes still waiting to be freshly delivered to your nearest dealer. For about as much as a blah Ford Edge, you could have a Flex, a longroof that seems to have hopped out of an alternate universe where minivans and SUVs never caught on. Ford Explorer, the Flex asks back to you. That’s a name I’ve never heard.

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As it is, I’m not greatly surprised that the Flex is largely off everyone’s radar. Ford has committed to letting the car die off in 2020.

Get one while you can, I guess, and see if some aftermarket company can put a vista roof on it for the full retro effect.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.



This just reminds me of the multiple attempts I’ve made to convince my wife to buy something other than a traditional CUV...

Wife: I’m going to have to bite the bullet and get another car soon (note: she currently drives a 2008 Saturn Vue, which she loves, but it’s starting to fall apart).

Me: You should get a wagon.

Wife: Not tall enough.

Me: What about an Outback; those are pretty tall.

Wife: That would put too much pressure on me to be a Subaru person, and I hate camping.

Me: You should get a Ford Flex.

Wife: Too boxy, and too big.

Me: What about a Kia Soul?

Wife: Also too boxy but also too small, and it’s a Kia (Note: In 1995 we almost bought a Kia Sephia, which is a bullet we thankfully dodged...she refuses to accept that Kia has come a long way since then. Ironically, we bought our son a Hyundai - them she’s got no problem with.)

Me: Okay, if it has to be a crossover, what about a Mazda CX-5; those at least look good.

Wife: I can’t drive the same car as my mom!

Me: Fine then, what do you want?

Wife: So-and-so coworker just got a used BMW X3 for pretty cheap.

Me: How many miles does it have on it?

Wife: [Texts coworker] 67,xxx.

Me: Your coworker is crazy; hell no. What about a used Acura?

Wife: Acuras are boring and ugly. (Note: the new Acura RDX looks great, and there already some used examples on the market, but there’s no way she has the patience for that infotainment system). 

Me: Fair Point. What do you want, then?

Wife: I don’t know...what’s that Honda? The CCR or something? Maybe that.

Me: CRV? It is undeniably a motor vehicle...what about a Santa Fe?

Wife: Maybe, I don’t know. How about I just stick to my Saturn for another year?

Me: [Smacks head] Sure sweetheart, whatever you want. Perhaps I will talk you into a wagon next year.

TL;DR: My wife is picky AF; she needs a new compact-to-midsize CUV (preferably in orange, but it can’t be a Nissan or GM or Kia) that isn’t a total drag for me when I have to it drive. My budget is $25k-30k. What car should I buy? How can I talk her into a wagon?