Living in Brooklyn, NY, I've haven't really needed a means of conveyance for about seven years, ever since my 1991 Ford Explorer went to the big junkyard in the sky. Therefore, if we were going to be able to haul all of our gear up north, we'd need get our hands on something with a decent amount of cargo capacity (as Gear Editor of this fine publication I tend to accumulate a lot of stuff that needs testing), but also a vehicle that would be comfortable for the 6-hour drive each way. When I emailed my contact at Ford, he recommended the Flex. At first I was a bit hesitant, as, honestly, the Flex's boxy chassis, grooved door panels and two-tone roof is not really my style. But he assured me that it would be the ideal vehicle for our trip…and he couldn't have been more right.