Dinner conversation with friends who know what I do for a living, or with strangers who learn that I'm an automotive journalist, usually begin with "Why can't American car companies build fuel efficient vehicles?" or "Why can't they build quality vehicles, or innovative vehicles, or fun vehicles, or vehicles I'd want to own?" And almost invariably, these questions come from folks who haven't owned an American car for at least 10 years, and haven't even driven one in a decade or more.
My standard response is that American car manufacturers do in fact make quality, fuel efficient cars that are innovative, technically sophisticated, and fun to drive. And they do stack up to anything that Japanese and European manufacturers build. But if you don't take the time to shop American cars and test-drive them, you'll never know it, and you're cheating yourself if you pass them by without consideration.
After spending a week with the 2010 Ford Flex Limited AWD model, with the powerful EcoBoost engine, it just reinforced my opinion of American cars.
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