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2013 Ford Flex

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2013 Ford Flex Review

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The 2013 Ford Flex is not your typical 7-passenger family vehicle, at least not if looks count for anything. Its long and boxy silhouette is reminiscent of the big station wagons of the 1960s and 1970s, plus it's lower to the ground than an SUV. And, while competitors like the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango and Chevrolet Tahoe may tout their max towing or off-road ability, the Flex focusses on transporting people on paved surfaces. It's striking and stylish as well as functional and useful – a fine combination similar to minivans and SUVs in capabilities, but clearly different from both.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a family vehicle that is a modern equivalent of the classic American station wagon, the 2013 Ford Flex could be the one. It offers seating for six or seven, a range of models and prices, available all-wheel drive, and a turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need to tow more than 4,500 pounds or go venturing over rugged dirt tracks, the 2013 Ford Flex is not the best choice. The big V8-powered SUVs such as the Dodge Durango or Ford Expedition are better geared to these tasks, and may also offer more space inside.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, the Ford Flex gets a significant facelift with restyled front end, instrument panel and seats. There is a little more power in the base engine, manual shifting for the 6-speed automatic, new MyFord Touch, and several new available systems including parallel-parking assist and adaptive cruise control.

Driving the Flex

Driving Impressions Despite its wide body and long wheelbase, the 2013 Ford Flex feels pleasingly maneuverable and responsive. Its poise through tight turns is really quite impressive, and its smooth ride and...

quiet interior add to the pleasant driving experience. Sway and body roll are kept in check by a taut suspension, big wheel and tire packages and the Flex's low-to-the-ground stance. The electric power steering has unusually good feel for such systems. Despite is boxy appearance, the Flex seems to slip through the air easily at freeway speeds, creating very little wind noise. The base 287-horsepower engine gives adequate acceleration but the EcoBoost's 365 horsepower is clearly quicker and adds an element of sportiness to the drive. And the 2013 Ford Flex's available all-wheel drive adds another level of assurance on slippery roads.

REAR-CONSOLE REFRIGERATOR
When fitted with the middle-row captain's chairs instead of the bench, the console between can be equipped with a built-in refrigerator that holds up to seven 12-ounce cans. And, with a low temperature of 23 degrees Fahrenheit, it can double as a mini ice cream cart.

SYNC COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM
Ford's SYNC communications system features a voice-activated command center that can access music from an attached MP3 player, answer and place calls from a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, and even read aloud incoming text messages.

2013 Ford Flex Details
2013 Ford Flex photo Interior

Ford took pains to make the 2013 Flex someplace special. The inviting interior is functional, elegantly appointed and meticulously assembled. The restyle this year gives the instrument panel a clean and functional high-tech look, with the three screens for the new MyFord Touch system. Noteworthy features include the massive 4-panel Vista skylight. The 2nd-row and 3rd-row seats fold flat, but so does the right-front passenger seat, creating acres of cargo room. For hauling people, the front and middle rows provide spacious and comfy accommodations for four full-size adults, five in a pinch. Third-row occupants will find legroom snug.

Exterior
2013 Ford Flex photo

The 2013 Ford Flex looks both functional and quirky, both edgy and timeless: Ford Country Squire wagon meets Mini Cooper. It's a box, for sure, but an elegantly detailed box, with aero-friendly contours around the edges and lower body. The new-this-year face is quite modernistic, with a strong horizontal character and the unusual decisions to downplay the headlights and put the Flex name in chrome across the nose. The aluminum-clad liftgate and optional contrasting-color roof are also strong visual elements. The Flex's flat, brick-like contours won't thrill everyone, but it's a distinctive and functional way to build a family hauler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Ford Flex comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Limited. Standard equipment includes keyless entry, a 6-way power driver's seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Reverse Sensing System, fog lights, front and rear air conditioning, an MP3-compatible CD player, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Moving up to 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, voice-activated navigation, leather interior, a power-folding 3rd-row seat, and 19-inch aluminum wheels. Standard safety equipment on all models includes inflatable 2nd-row safety belts and 3-row side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

Options for the Ford Flex vary by trim and include a 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6 (Limited), all-wheel drive (SEL and Limited), rearview camera, power rear liftgate, heated 2nd-row seats with power Autofold mode, 2nd-row captain's-chair seating with center-console refrigerator, 4-panel Vista roof, a contrasting painted top, remote start, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and Park Assist active parallel parking aid.

Under the Hood

Depending on trim, Ford offers two engines and the choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD) on the 2013 Flex. The standard engine on all trims is a smooth and efficient 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing. Its 287 horsepower (modestly increased for 2013) is certainly adequate if not class-leading. Fuel economy is quite good with an estimated 17 mpg city and 24 highway. All-wheel-drive models earn slightly lower estimates. Optional on the Limited trim is the EcoBoost V6, which uses gasoline direct injection and twin turbochargers to produce an impressive 365 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission is used throughout, and the EcoBoost engine is offered only with AWD.

3.5-liter V6
287 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
254 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (FWD), 17/23 mpg (AWD)

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500–5,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg

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2013 Ford Flex Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 218 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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

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

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."

7 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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