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2013 Ford Flex

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2013 Ford Flex Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

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 236 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

If they sill made Sta-Wagon, this w/be King Wagon

By on Monday, June 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very good gas millage, 22-24 on Hwy"

Cons: "lots lower than a SUV,U may bump head for a wk."

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

"Seem like there nothing I don't like about this Vehicle, it's roomier than a truck! All 6 seat are made for big people. Ride heavy like a truck and give a solid ride but quick like a car..."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Roomy, comfortable, functional

By on Sunday, May 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

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: "Roomy, comfortable, good for long trips"

Cons: "Price was a bit high"

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

"The Flex is the roomiest SUV in its class. Adults have great comfort in the front 2 rows. It rides comfortably, has adequate power with the standard engine and provides good fuel economy for a vehicle this size."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best SUV I have ever owned...

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "To me, everything..."

Cons: "None..."

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

"I don't know why Ford doesn't advertise this vehicle and wants to keep it a secret... I'm 68 and have owned many vehicles, and, this is the best SUV and possibly the best vehicle I've ever owned... Mine is a 2011 SE... For a basic model, with SYNC, it's pretty well equipped... It drives and rides like a dream, and, even with the 262 hp engine in 2011, it has more than enough power for passing on the highway... I drove 220 miles each way between my old home and new home every week for two years until I retired and it never let me down... I'm pretty much a lead foot on the highway and still averaged over 21 mpg... Without being a lead foot, I got a little over 23 mpg... My average mpg now, with a mix of driving, is about 21 mpg, which is quite good considering it's size...You can't believe what you can haul in this thing, it's truly amazing... As for reliability, it's been great... Only one non maintenance issue in 63K miles was a sticky rear brake caliper that made me replace it and the rear discs for $345... Other than that, just normal maintenance, oil changes, I use full synthetic every 10K, transmission fluid and filter change, coolant flush and fill and one set of tires... That's it and it purrs and runs like a new vehicle and not one that has had a hard 5 years and 63K miles put on it... Buy one if you can find one and you will never regret your purchase... I'm going to drive mine until the wheels go square... Still don't know why Ford keeps this great vehicle a secret in the US... I understand they sell like hotcakes in Canada, especially the AWD models..."

11 people out of 16 found this review helpful

I Love My Flex

By on Monday, April 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive, roomy, comfortable, sexy, sporty..."

Cons: "Gas mileage, back moonroofs should be sunroofs"

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

"I absolutely love my Flex! It is large enough for my family, including our dogs, to travel comfortably. Took it camping last summer with my husband and our dogs and it worked out great for camping too. The only thing I don't like about it is the gas mileage which seems to stay around 16 MPG. But the trade off is worth it. It's comfortable, easy to drive, smooth and sexy."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Have drive this Vehicle Coast to Coast

By on Saturday, February 20, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Lease

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nicely priced especially if you can get a 2015."

Cons: "umm, can be a little heavy on the fuel use."

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

"The Flex is about the nicest riding vehicle that I have ever owned or for that matter,been in. I have been through Ford Mini vans and got out of them with over 150,000 miles. I was disappointed when I found out that they were discontinued. At first I scratched my head when I saw the Flex. i eventually leased a well loaded SE model in 2011. As a touring musician, I just about lived in this vehicle and literally camped in it. Aside from that, we have a big Golden Retriever, two kids and do a lot of camping, skiing and family getaways. I also drove this car across the country. I got a UHaul trailer hitch, loaded it up, loaded up the Flex and my daughter Dog and I took off leaving the East Coast Thursday afternoon and arrived very early Sunday morning in Sadona AZ. We spent some time there with the dog and then took of for the Pasadena area. The car was like riding on an Amtrak. I expected someone to come through with coffee and a paper. . This is one amazing vehicle. If you set cruise at 60 and just let it do its thing, the fuel economy is actually quite impressive, exceeding the window sticker estimates by a good bit. In the city fuel economy is pretty bad compared to the smaller fuel efficient cars that we also own. The bad news is I got into an expenssive two year lease. Couple that with Insurance and fuel costs at the time just under $5.00 gallon, I could not wait to get out of the car . We did in CA after a few months and got into a 2013 Fusion. Man is that tight for our family and dog. We drove it back east with all of us and luggage. Man..... Whoow! Now that the Lease is up on the Fusion and fuel prices are down, I am about to Lease a 2015 Flex SEL with some additional options like Nav and so forth. We'll drive that car back to CA... Hello Amtrak.. Oh sorry, I mean hello Flex!! It truly is the nicest car that I have ever owned and one of the most comfortable riding cars there is.. Truly. Just great in every respect!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "high quality interior,easy to get in and out of"

Cons: "gas mileage,small gas tank"

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

"Ibought this car it was A lease vehicle.We have had no issues with it.awesome in the winter has been reliable very high quality interior and ext. Gas mileage is not very good needs a bigger gas tank and getting in and out of the 3rd row seats is A challenge but other than that it is an awesome vehicle."

10 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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