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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 219 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

Attractive vehicle.

By on Saturday, August 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It is fun to drive."

Cons: "Poor gas mileage and storage room."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The vehicle is fun to drive. However, we would not purchase another Flex. The vehicle just does not compare with the Honda Odyssey we traded in."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

great car for hauling grandkids and traveling

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfortable, roomy, great value, good gas mileage"

Cons: "2nd row seats need more adjustment"

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

"Bought this new in May 2009 and still have it. Very innovated car ahead of its time, most comfortable to travel in. Good gas mileage, 19-24 mpg for it's size. Peppy V6,strong 6 speed transmission. Base model SE is loaded with standard features, fold flat seats, 3rd row seat flip backwards for tailgating. Would buy again but is my understanding Ford is discontinuing. The one thing that needs to be addressed is second row seats need to move fore and aft. No major problems, still on original front brakes, have replaced rear. Just replaced spark plugs at 112k, did them myself. Dreaded doing them since intake manifold had to come off but nothing to it. Less than 1.5 hour job, reusable gasket and only 6 bolts."

Love Loading up the Kids in our Flex

By on Thursday, August 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Room for everyone!"

Cons: "Plastic head & tail lights crack & fill with water"

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

"My 2013 FORD FLEX has a great Heat/AC system with vents available on every row. Our blower died before warranty expired and Ford dealership changed it quickly but broke the back panel brackets when getting to it 2 different times! Ford ordered new ones free of charge both times. Has wide open windows for great driver visibility, spacious leg room, lots of plugs for gadgets, better mileage when using standard shift (6 speed), great towing ability, comfy ride, cool design...NOT a minivan. Love my Flex! The kids love being in it and so do I."

It's been a great vehicle, driving it forever...

By on Friday, August 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Very roomy, comfortable, great bang for the buck"

Cons: "I just wish my gas milage was better"

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

"Other than some fix-it recalls, my Flex has been quite trustworthy. I feel safe in it, and it still rides smoothly. Mechanically, it has been good, other than a battery and starter replacement just after 4 years. The starter was covered under my ESP."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

BEST CAR YET

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "WAIT FOR FORD DISCOUNT DEALS"

Cons: "UN-NECCESSARY 3RD ROW SEAT"

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

"IN MY 76 YEARS I HAVE OWNED OVER 40 CARS AND TRUCKS. THE FLEX I RATE BETTER THAN ANY VEHICLE I OWNED IN THE PAST. I TOW A 5000 TRAILER AT HIGHWAY SPEED W/CRUISE ON AND DON'T FEEL ANY DIFFERENT THAN WITHOUT IT. (AVG. 16.5 MPG TOWING @ 70MPH) .. NEVER USE THIRD ROW SEAT, WISH IT WAS AVAILABLE WITHOUT IT...... 22.5 MPG(MY HIGHWAY AT LIMIT) FOR A CAR THIS SIZE,IS MORE THAN I EXPECTED. TRY IT,YOU'LL LIKE IT."

One of the best ars , if not the best in my life.

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

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: "fun to drive I just love to drive it on long trips"

Cons: "none"

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

"I am a past cad. owner and this is better than my last 1992 cad by tons. It has had to have only regular service nothing extra except tires."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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