Ive been on a hunt for the past 2 years trying to find 2 vehicles that really fit the needs of my wife and I. Ive been through 6 vehicles in the past 2 years alone. But we've finally settled on 2 that are, for us, perfect.
First up is my wifes ride. 2010 Ford Flex LTD AWD with the 3.5L Ecoboost motor (365 horsepower).
IMO, this is the ultimate family vehicle. I refuse to own a van but this thing seats 6, has all the toys and will outrun a Porsche Panamara in the quarter mile (its on youtube, look it up). At the moment, the only upgrades are a set of 22 inch wheels/tires but im going to take it over to MBRP this spring and have them put on a high flow dual exhaust. Ill pick up a high flow intake and when the warranty expires I think im going to throw on a programmer that adds up to 60 extra HP.
I had to search for the right deal on a vehicle for myself. Tried small cars, big cars, SUVs but in the end i had to accept that im a truck guy. However, im not an overcompensating EXCESSIVE truck guy. I just wanted something that was 4wd, big enough to do the small jobs I need to do and have enough room in the back seat to fit a car seat for my daughter. I managed to find this 2010 Dodge Dakota SXT 4door, 4X4 for a crazy deal and I even made money on the car i traded in on it. Its only got a V6 so its pretty slow but for what I need to do with it, its perfect. I put in a 3 inch lift, a set of 32's, a bull bar with some lights, a tonneau cover and touchscreen deck. Thats it. I think im going to put on a set of fender flares and possible a set of 1.25 inch wheel spacers this summer, but im not %100 yet. I am going to get a cold air intake and an MBRP exhaust in search of just a few more HP.
I think im going to keep these 2 until I pay them off. If Ford keeps selling them, im going to buy another Flex when im done with this one though. It is, by far, my favourite vehicle ive ever owned. Love or hate its looks (I love it personally), its is supremely comfortable, useful and SUPER fast. Also handles really well for a big boat.