The Ford Flex is not a joke, but going by what the Wall Street Journal has said, it might as well be. The new car, which goes on sale this year, is one of them there wagons, a type of car last seen on the Nickelodeon show Pete & Pete. Needless to say, no American male in 2008 wants to be seen driving a wagon, especially when the wagon’s gas mileage isn’t too hot. It gets 24 miles per gallon, which is sorta OK, sure, but if Ford expects working class dudes to drive the Flex, it definitely needs to bump that number up.
Apparently the Flex was conceived and designed before the current fuel price crisis hit, so Ford was caught unawares… with a horrible looking “cross-over.”
The moral is, if Detroit still wants to produce 7+ seat cars, it has to take current fuel prices into account.