Ford Flex

Ford Flex

About Ford Flex

Part SUV, part station wagon, part minivan, the 2018 Ford Flex could truly be called a “crossover” SUV. And to get the inventible pun out of the way early, it really is flexible. This 3-row utility vehicle can be configured to seat six or seven passengers, and even those in the last row enjoy decent room. As with potential rivals such as the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and its own sibling the Explorer, the Flex has plenty of amenities to keep families occupied and comfortable, and is available with all-wheel drive to better contend with inclement weather. What really separates the Flex is its design. Boxy and lower-riding than other SUVs, it has laudable room inside while making its own statement outside.

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LATEST MODEL
2018 Ford Flex
What's new for 2018?
2018 Ford Flex

Aside from a minor exterior color change ("Blue" is added, "Blue Jeans" is gone), the Ford Flex carries over mostly unchanged for 2018. Filed under notable recent improvement, however, is the updated Sync 3 infotainment system that's compatible with phones running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

  • Expert Rating: 7.6
  • Consumers Rating: 9.2
  • MPG 16|23
2017 Ford Flex
What's new for 2017?
2017 Ford Flex

For 2017, the Ford Flex no longer offers optional heated, 2nd-row captain’s chairs with a refrigerator in the center console. The unique but unpopular option has been discontinued. Otherwise the Flex is essentially unchanged from last year’s model.

2016 Ford Flex
What's new for 2016?
2016 Ford Flex

For 2016, the Ford Flex gains a rearview camera on all trims and tosses the problematic MyFord Touch system in favor of a new, user-friendly Sync 3 setup. A revision to EPA figures this year drops fuel economy by a few mpg.

2015 Ford Flex
What's new for 2015?
2015 Ford Flex

For 2015, the Ford Flex gains heated side mirrors on the SE trim, push-button start for the SEL, and a heated steering wheel for the Limited model. Some new colors round out the major changes.

2014 Ford Flex
What's new for 2014?
2014 Ford Flex

After a thorough facelift and some mechanical and equipment upgrades last year, the 2014 Ford Flex gets minimal changes in package contents.

2013 Ford Flex
What's new for 2013?
2013 Ford Flex

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.

2012 Ford Flex
What's new for 2012?
2012 Ford Flex

For 2012, the Ford Flex now offers roof-rack side rails with the Vista Roof sunroof, repositions the rear wiper arm for better coverage, and adds a folding armrest with cup holders to the second-row bench on the Limited and Titanium models.

2011 Ford Flex
What's new for 2011?
2011 Ford Flex

For 2011, a new Titanium trim on the Ford Flex joins the SE, SEL and Limited. The Titanium is easily identified by its blacked out tail lamps, black chrome grille, black roof, black mirror caps, unique interior and 20-inch painted luster nickel wheels. Other 2011 Edge improvements include the addition of HD radio to the optional navigation package, and an available power folding third-row seat with reversible tailgate feature that allows the seat to face outward from the rear hatch.

2010 Ford Flex
What's new for 2010?
2010 Ford Flex

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.

2009 Ford Flex
What's new for 2009?
2009 Ford Flex

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.

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Consumer Reviews

Best vehicle

By on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

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: "price, fund to drive"

Cons: "none"

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

"Purchased a 2013 Limited, best vehicle ever. Comes loaded with Park Assist for those that can't parallel park. Great in tight situations. The adaptive cruise is phenomenal, slows down when it gets close to traffic (distance adjustable). Now the warning sensors will keep you on your toes if you get too close and forget to brake. Now the six seater is the way to go with the front driver and passenger seat with a/c blowing up your hi-nee, freaking awesome. The refrigerator/freezer in the second row worth having on road trips. The Flex rides like a sedan but has the looks of a Chevy Tahoe lower version but has more rear space with the third row up than a Tahoe. The towing capacity is awesome had the biggest U haul trailer you can rent hooked onto the back."

19 people out of 19 found this review helpful

A Complete and Versatile Vehicle

By on Monday, November 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 47,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great all-around car"

Cons: "Expensive to by brand new"

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

"My 2013 Flex has to be one of the best vehicle purchases I've made. And here's why: >Interior. Roomy and comfortable for the driver and passengers. Third row seat is easily accessible and useable by adults. Materials are upscale and pleasant to look at and touch. Vista roof opens up the cabin. Controls are easy to use and ergonomically designed. Dials and guages are easy to read and adjustable. I actually like the Sync with MyFord Touch system. The touchscreen was a little sluggish, but a recent software upgrade fixed that. Technology that comes in handy:rear camera, rear back-up sensor, and adaptive cruise control. The collision warning and park assist are gimmicky, in my opinion. >Exterior. I find it to be a handsome car with nice lines. The 20" polished wheels and chrome exhaust tips are nice touch. You definitely will stand out and won't be mistaken for any other vehicle! >Powertrain. The twin-turbo V6 delivers big, smooth power. The AWD system inspires confidence. The transmission has an available "Sport" mode which gives quciker shifts and holds gears. At the stop light and on the highway, not many vehicles can match the Flex's performance. >Summary. The Flex has it all: it is a sports car, luxury car, and SUV all rolled into one."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

LOVE IT

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "easy and fun to drive, peppy engine"

Cons: "fuel economy"

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

"Its wonderful, dives like a car, but holds cargo like a minivan. We used to own a minivan and needed something we could tow with and the flex was perfect. The kids can get in and out easily even from the third row. The fuel economy is not impressive (i have heard it got better in later years). I would buy it all over again! Engine is peppy and towing does not make it feel under powered."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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