I have often referred to the Ford Flex as the best driving SUV on the road, and that has certainly not changed for the 2013 model year. Many ask “what is it?” when they see the Flex. Is it a large wagon, a Crossover, or a true SUV? I throw it into the Crossover category since it shares a platform with the popular Ford Explorer, but whatever you call it, bottom line is it is a joy to drive and has a vast amount of interior space. I had the SEL over the holidays, so I had an almost two week test drive, twice what I usually have. Flex will seat seven people comfortably with the second row bench seat. With the ample third row seat up, you have a large storage area, thanks to the long, wide configuration of the mostly square Flex body. My test vehicle had Sync and MyFord Touch which worked flawlessly from an 8” color monitor in the dash. I had the rear entertainment system, leather interior, and the panoramic moonroof. It also had the very handy blind-spot monitoring, power liftgate, and power heated seats. This rig was not overly loaded, but was ordered with the options people tend to want. This one has the 3.5-liter V-6, direct-injection engine that generates 287 horsepower and has 254 pound-feet of torque. If you need a bit more pep, you can option for the EcoBoost variant of this engine that is force-fed air via a turbocharger and bumps its output to 365-horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, but to do so, you’ll need to also step up to the more expensive Limited trim level. You can get Flex in all-wheel drive too. Both engines comes with a 6-speed automatic. I’ve recommended Flex to many people who state they don’t like the looks of it. I get that, it’s not for everyone. I always encourage people to drive it before you make a final decision, because once behind the wheel, the beauty of the Flex becomes apparent. The 2013 has a new front end that gives the vehicle a sleeker, less boxy look that works. What I liked most: The ride, drive, and visibility. What I would change: Would make the exterior more appealing to the masses. MSRP: $40,030 Fuel Economy: Got 18 in town, 26 highway Warranty: 3 years/36000 mile bumper to bumper, 5 years/60000 miles powertrain and roadside assistance. 2013 Flex in a few words: A joy to drive for sure, and a great road vehicle. Car Pro Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.