By KBB.com Editors
The 2010 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 space efficient vehicles, particularly when towing is not a high priority, although the addition of the EcoBoost power option enhances the Flex's towing ability markedly. If all you need is room, a minivan or mid-size SUV could certainly do the trick, but neither have the cutting-edge cool the Flex seems to ooze. 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 2010 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 New for 2010
The big news for 2010 is the availability of Ford's 355-horsepower twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Other items of note include an updated SYNC system with turn-by-turn direction and traffic updates; the MyKey system, which allows the vehicle's owner to set limits on top speed and radio volume and Pull-Drift Compensation, which automatically helps drivers offset pulling or drifting caused by strong crosswinds or uneven pavement.Driving It Driving Impressions
The 2010 front-wheel drive Ford Flex SE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting around $29,000, while the SEL starts closer to $32,000 and the all-wheel-drive version is past the $34,000 mark; a fully-loaded Limited with the EcoBoost V6 tops out around $50,000. The Flex's pricing is in line with competitors such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot, but slightly higher than a comparably-equipped Hyundai Veracruz. To make your best deal, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical Flex transaction prices being paid in your area. As for resale value, Kelley Blue Book expects the Flex to hold a good portion of its original purchase price, surpassing the Hyundai Veracruz but falling slightly behind the Honda Pilot and Chevrolet Traverse.Favorite Features
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.