Five-Point Inspection: Ford MyKey

5 PT Inspection


Hey kids, want to put the brakes on a first date? Ruin a road trip? Impress your friends by not speeding? Then most of the new Ford lineup is for you.

That’s because the majority of Ford’s models come with MyKey, a system that lets parents program aspects of their car to restrict certain functions when a pre-designated key is used to start the car.

Recently I inadvertently had the chance to experience MyKey when a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid I was testing accidentally came with the parental control device. With a long, 900-mile road trip planned, was this a simple mistake, or was I the victim of a cruel sense of humor?

  • Total garbage. Makes me reluctant to purchase a Ford. Do your job parents. Parents who opt for this are failures.

  • mikey

    Tom, tom, tom… It sounds to me like you’re not a parent. And if you are, you’re probably not a very good one.

    Parents will want this because they can’t be around for every weekend jaunt in the family car that their teenage son or daughter will take.

    Those little hormone bombs make emotional decisions that are often irrational. What you’re saying is tantamount to suggesting that seat belts should still be optional. It’s like saying “do your job, drivers.” You can’t always avoid a crash, and in the same way, you can’t always be there when your (admittedly) air-headed 17-year-old girl is driving to school in the morning, thinking more about singing along to whatever eardrum rupturing hopeless highschool nonsense garbage than the road in front of her. Trust me. I know.

    So when you write meaningless, ridiculous, asinine things like that, please understand it serves to do little more than paint you in a humiliating light.


    The kid who dated that girl before she wrecked her car by hitting a tree listening to Ke$ha like an idiot.