On one end,
is announcing its intention to wind down SUV and
production, while at the other,
is just gearing up production of a vehicle that's plenty large in its own right.
are now beginning to roll off the line in Oakville, Ontario, and the plant even has plans to bring on new hires in order to meet production demands. Considering the current rise of
, one might think Ford's boxy people carrier will quickly meet its demise. However, despite its full size stature, room for seven humans and
a few cold drinks
doesn't attack your gas budget like Cookie Monster on a binge. Its 3.5L V6 engine gets a respectable 24 mph on the highway, assisted by a high-tech six-speed automatic transmission. Down the road, when the Flex is available with a turbocharged direct injection Ecoboost option, its
should raise a bit more.