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2009 Ford Flex

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2009 Ford Flex Review

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The 2009 Flex is Ford's newest and arguably most attractive crossover SUV. Designed to carry seven passengers, yet achieve the same kind of fuel economy as a mid-size sedan, the Flex is part of a growing trend away from V8-powered leviathans and toward more efficient vehicles, particularly when towing is not a high priority. If all you need is room for the family, the Taurus X could certainly do the trick, but it doesn't have the cutting-edge cool the square-as-a-shoebox Flex seems to ooze; you might even have to wrestle your teenagers for driving privileges. And why not? With room for lots of their friends, an optional built-in refrigerator and the technology-friendly SYNC audio system, the Flex can easily transform itself from family transport to Friday-night cruiser with just a turn of the ignition.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you've outgrown the need for your minivan, or you're just getting to the point where you think you might need one, the 2009 Ford Flex offers much of the same versatility in a package you'll be proud to show off to friends and co-workers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a vehicle that can tow more than 4,500 pounds, the Flex takes a back seat to its larger, V8-powered siblings, the Explorer and Expedition. Functionally, the Flex's third-row seat is not as roomy or easy to reach as the Chevrolet Traverse's.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Flex is more than just another family vehicle; it's a bellwether signaling the future of Ford design. Compare it to the Explorer or Taurus X and you'll discover a vehicle with far more flair, a marked attention to detail and an interior that seems more a creation of Lincoln than Ford. Most important, the Flex is attracting reams of positive attention from both the press and the buying public – a PR plus for the struggling auto giant.

Driving the Flex

Driving Impressions The Flex's ability to maneuver through tight turns is matched only by its well-mannered ride and hushed interior. Despite its boxy SUV appearance, the Flex is surprisingly nimble, providing quick...

turn-in response with little sway or body roll. At highway speeds, the Flex slices through the air impervious to the commotion its boxy shape should be causing. A generous helping of laminated glass keeps wind and road noise at bay, and the superb front seats never left us feeling fatigued or unsupported. Running the Flex through a few simulated emergency maneuvers proved Ford's AdvanceTrac stability and traction control system more than capable of keeping the Flex under control, and although we were not able to test it, the optional all-wheel drive is sure to add peace of mind when encountering slippery road conditions.

Rear-Console Refrigerator
The ideal option for long trips with the kids, the rear-console refrigerator can hold up to seven 12-ounce cans. And, with a low of 23 degrees Fahrenheit, it can double as a mini ice cream cart.

SYNC Communications System
One of the best audio options in the industry, the SYNC communications system features a voice-activated command center that can access music from an attached MP3 player, pick up and place calls from a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone and even speak incoming text messages.

2009 Ford Flex Details
2009 Ford Flex photo Interior

Here is where the 2009 Ford Flex really shines over the competition. From its innovative interior features, including an available center-console refrigerator and massive four-panel Vista skylight, to the high quality look and feel of its interior parts, the Flex excites the senses. Ford's extensive use of interior lighting adds a rich ambience at night and is complemented by such lavish details as the diamond sew pattern on the Limited trim's leather seats. Accommodations for front and second-row passengers are quite generous, but the third-row seat is short on legroom and the second and third-row seatbacks are a bit low, requiring taller passengers to fully extend the head restraints. Available power-adjustable pedals help any size driver feel comfortable behind the wheel. And, when not carrying human cargo, the Flex's front-passenger, second and third-row seats can be folded flat to create a massive level load floor.

Exterior

The Flex's modern exterior strikes a cord with so many people because it seems both familiar and new at the same time. The parallel groves running down its sides are a variation on the old wood-paneled wagons of the 60s and 70s, a design element that works in conjunction with the aluminum-plated rear hatch and optional contrasting roof paint. You can see subtle hints of Scion xB and MINI Cooper in the Flex's reflection, yet its boxy, upright sides and bold front end are pure Ford. The large wheels and low ground clearance may not be well-suited for off-road adventures, but they combine to give the Flex a very agreeable driving experience – and a just plain cool look.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Flex comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Limited. Standard equipment includes Ford's keypad keyless entry, a six-way power driver's seat, front and rear air conditioning, an MP3-compatible CD player and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for cruise control and audio. Moving up the top-of-the-line Limited trim brings heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat with memory, Sony Premium audio with Ford SYNC communications system, leather interior, a power rear liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control and 19-inch polished aluminum wheels. Standard safety equipment on all models includes three-row side-curtain airbags and AdvanceTrac electronic stability and traction control with Roll Stability Control.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim and include a voice-activated navigation system, rear backup camera, power rear liftgate, heated second-row seats with power Autofold mode, second-row captain's-chair seating with rear-console refrigerator, four-panel Vista roof, all-wheel drive, a contrasting painted top, remote start and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

Under the Hood

Ford offers only one powertrain choice for all Flex models. It's a 3.5-liter V6 engine with variable valve timing attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. The smooth and efficient V6 generates a respectable 262 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, not the best in class but certainly far from being tagged as anemic. Fuel economy, on the other hand, is near the top of its class, with an estimated 17 miles per gallon city and 24 highway. All-wheel-drive models earn slightly lower estimates.

3.5-liter V6
262 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 16/22 (AWD)

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2009 Ford Flex Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 213 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

I. Love. This. Car? SUV? Best of both!

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "So comfortable to drive or ride in."

Cons: "Gas mileage, although not bad for size."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It's like driving around in my living room. So comfortable. I think I could literally steer using a single fingertip. Very child and family friendly interior. Easy to get in and out. Perfect for long trips. Easy parking. Almost no blind spots. Love unique exterior style. May be my forever make and model."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Excellent car

By on Saturday, July 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Hold s value really well and we really enjoy it."

Cons: "?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the best car we've ever owned. Great to drive. Hugs the road. The mileage exceeds fords estimated on the sticker. Everything works,blind spot warnings are outstanding, engine is very responsive. The Flex is a great road trip car and is very comfortable."

13 people out of 22 found this review helpful

It is the best car I ever owned.

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 69,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfort, roominess,dependability"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Comfort,reliability,safety,dependable, no problems ever, normal maintenance,a great family car and comfortable travel car. Would probably sell it to a family member.Limited used Flexes are available, been approached by people who wanted to purchase it from me, also people asked me how I liked it as they were in the market for a car, told them to buy the Flex, no regret."

4 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Madly in love with Charlie

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great ride, price great for luxury, space to spare"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Charlie is my new flex. This truck is awesome. Fits my full grown Rottweiler and 2 boxers with lots of room to spare. I can comfortable fit 3 big dogs and 4 people in this thing. I refused to buy a minivan but, coming from an expedition, I didn't want to loose space. The only con is that they are very hard to find used. I have had 3 friends laugh at the boxy frame. One called it a hearse. Once they sat inside the story changed. It feels like complete luxury inside. The one that called it a hearse is now looking for her own and is mad because the limited is so hard to find. This truck has great power, rides better than my expedition on the highway. It is so smooth and comfortable. The sync works flawlessly. Every thing inside is easy to use and placement just makes since. Like when you think you need something it is right at your fingertips no reaching across. There are 12 cup holders throughout. It has 5 charging ports and 1 wall plug. There is not really anything that I could say I would add to this truck. It even has a refrigerator. I took 3 adults, 1 10 year old and 2 teenagers, 8 fishing rods, a cart, 2 tackle boxes and a folding chair to the lake recently and everyone was comfortable. I really could go on all day but summery is I live this truck and I am already determined that when it is time to get a new truck it absolutely MUST be a flex."

20 people out of 35 found this review helpful

great car overall

By on Monday, May 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 73,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great all around vehicle"

Cons: "turning radius,drivers left side foot rest,"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"steering radius could be a little sharper,don't like the foot rest on driver's side front as it prevents me from stretching out my left leg. head rests were leaned too far forward and forced me to bend my neck. i bent the rods back a little and made them a lot more comfy. really like the fold flat seats. i can really haul a lot of stuff.over all it's a great car and i would buy another."

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

This is by far the best car/SUV I have ever owned

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have been impressed with the Ford Flex and I believe this is the best vehicle I have owned. Even better that the Lincoln's I leased and owned."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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