Ford Five Hundred
While the Flex is a polarizing design not all of the vehicles created during Mays’ term as design honcho were so over the top. The Ford Five Hundred large sedan was a handsome, if utterly boring vehicle.
Introduced for the 2005 model year this car prioritized passenger space and cargo room over bold design. If customers wanted to make a statement or impress their neighbors the Chrysler dealership down the street would be all too happy to sell them a 300 sedan, complete with a massive grille and rear-wheel-drive proportions.
Of course the Five Hundred’s inoffensive wrapper concealed equally anodyne mechanicals. They were hauled around by overtaxed 3.0-liter Duratec V6 engines with scarcely more than 200 horsepower. Resourceful transmissions made the best of a bad situation.