Five-Point Inspection: Ford MyKey

Five-Point Inspection: Ford MyKey

Surely that’s the end of it. No?

In fact, it isn’t. MyKey, ironic as its name quickly starts to seem, grips several other areas as well. Those include rendering traction control and blind spot monitoring undefeatable, and the most obnoxious and effective constraint of all: top speed.

Top speed can be limited to 65, 70, 75, or 80 mph. It isn’t enough to keep novice drivers off highways, but a notification on the car’s TFT display announces when the car reaches that speed.

Limited at 80 mph in my tester, fiddling around I did discover something new about the Fusion Hybrid.  While the car has been heavily criticized for not living up to its fuel economy claims, at 60 mph it actually comes remarkably close to getting 47 mpg.

Unfortunately, while MyKey will let parents enforce responsible driving, it won’t let them enforce environmentally responsible driving, with anything above 65 mph delivering sub-standard fuel economy.

  • 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.