Five-Point Inspection: Ford MyKey

Can’t Crank up the Country Tunes

 All-New Ford Fusion Hybrid

When Darius Rucker’s cover of Wagon Wheel came on the radio, I went about my usual business. Translation: twisting the volume to max and offering my uncouth tribute to Old Crow Medicine Show.  Plug your ears.

Or not. My off-key, awful singing voice met with MyKey, which limits volume to lower than half capacity. Passengers rejoiced.

Obnoxious as it was for me to find my music tastes in the grip of a digital nanny, it’s easy to see how the same feature could help an immature driver avoid distraction.

But then again, loud music is only one of countless possible preoccupations behind the wheel. Take sex-themed radio stations as another example.

  • 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.