A Rare Alternative to Rugged

The pitch for the Ford Flex goes something like this: Deep down, you know you're not actually going to be off-roading in whatever SUV you're eyeing, so why pretend? Is it really either that or a minivan? The Flex is essentially a modern SUV that found a way to drop the pretense in favor of car-like manners and a bit of cool. It's kind of a big, modern station wagon with reasonably engaging handling, seating for seven and an assortment of modern amenities all wrapped in a decidedly distinctive, fun package. Because of its vague categorization and polarizing looks, however, the Flex gets overlooked by buyers who'd likely love it.

Driving Champion

Whether you're more interested in ride or handling, the Ford Flex is one of the best-driving 3-row vehicles you can buy. In our full review of the 2017 Ford Flex we commented that it "is actually quite maneuverable and car-like in the city. In sharp turns, the Flex’s steering is precise and responsive, and its suspension does a great job of keeping the car level during high-speed cornering, with good control over body sway and pitching. It also provides one of the most comfortable rides in the segment. If you’re going to take the tribe cross-country, this is your automobile."

Three-Row Hot Rod

Cementing its status as the driver's choice in mainstream 3-row transportation, the 2017 Ford Flex is available with a 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 that transforms the people mover into a legitimate hauler. The standard 287-horsepower V6 is strong, too, offering power and efficiency in line with more traditionally styled 3-row crossover SUVs like the Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Ford's own Explorer.

Style and Substance

When you get right down to it, the Flex rides on its style and design. The "station wagon of tomorrow" exterior and distinctly modern interior environment strike a careful balance between functional family hauler and edgy hipster-box. Available highlights include a massive, four-panel Vista skylight up top and Ford's Sync 3 touch-screen-based entertainment and communications system. Standard on SEL and Limited models, Sync 3 has improved voice recognition and is easier to use than the previous system.

Flex That Wallet

The 2017 Ford Flex starts just under $31,000 and offers enough upgrades to stretch all the way into the $51,000 range. Build and price your own 2017 Ford Flex to see how much yours would cost.

Owners' Opinions

Erin, KBB.com visitor and Flex owner, had this to say about Ford's 3-row crossover: "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." Read more Ford Flex consumer reviews.

More Midsize SUVs

The Ford Flex is a staff favorite, but that doesn't mean it's the best choice for everyone. Check out our Midsize SUV Buyer's Guide to learn all about your midsize SUV options.


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