Used 2013 Ford Flex SUV
Ford Flex SUV
Uniquely styled, the angular 7-passenger Ford Flex combines the functionality of an SUV and a minivan with its own easygoing character.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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.
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
The 2013 front-wheel-drive Ford Flex SE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $31,710. The mid-range SEL starts just over $34,000 with FWD, $36,000 with AWD. A top-line Limited starts just over $40,000 with the base engine and FWD and tops $45,000 with the EcoBoost V6 and AWD. Fully loaded, a Flex Limited can exceed $50,000. The Flex's pricing is in line with competitors such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. To make your best deal, be sure to check our Fair Purchase Price, which shows the typical Flex transaction prices in your area. As for resale value, Kelley Blue Book expects the Flex to hold a good portion of its original purchase price, on par with the Chevy Traverse, but falling slightly behind the Honda Pilot.
Ford Flex Consumer Reviews
December 25, 2018
Love it, Car-like entry Square Rear Great Cargo sp
I love is car. It rides like a luxury car buy has the cargo space of the old fashioned station wagon. It has been trouble free. The...
October 28, 2018
Great ride for long trips
Not had any issues with it great ride comfortable seating hugs the corners
October 21, 2018
best car we ever owned
never in the shop for any repairs never, one set of tires oil, filters, air filters etc. original brake pads still in place. Absolutely...
September 28, 2018
The Ford Flex has everything you need in a vehicle
The Ford Flex has everything you need in a vehicle. The amenities are the best and the sound system and voice control is very handy....
June 15, 2018
Not a bit of trouble with this vehicle.
This has been a completely reliable car. Great for getting around town with kids and interstate cruising with seven people aboard....
January 09, 2018
I was not sure when I bought this SUV but after driving it a few weeks I just loved it what a great ride. I put 180000 miles on it with...
December 02, 2017
very impressed with this car
quiet, comfortable, powerful, fun to drive, efficient. with the fold forward front seat down, i can haul 10 foot material with the hatch...
October 12, 2017
With trailer towing package vehicle is rated for 4500 lb towing. Never lets me down. Fuel mileage is good and is very comfortable. Great...
August 01, 2017
Best vehicle no one is buying
This is FLEXIE #2 for us. We travel a lot and the capacity for our stuff is fantastic. A natural beach car with a deep well in rear to...
June 23, 2017
Cross Country Cruiser 2016 SEL FWD
Once you get past the looks this is a great vehicle in many aspects. As everyone already has mentioned the seating is old school...