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2014 Ford Flex

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2014 Ford Flex Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

The 2014 Ford Flex is not your typical 7-passenger family vehicle, as you can tell just by looking at it. The silhouette – long, flat-sided, squared off – suggests the big station wagons of the 1960s and 1970s, and it sits lower and sleeker than a typical SUV. Competitors like the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango and Chevrolet Tahoe can tout maximum tow ratings and off-road capability, but the Flex chooses to focus on transporting people over 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 what you'd really like is a modern interpretation of the classic American station wagon theme, the 2014 Ford Flex could be the one. It offers seating for six or seven, a range of trim levels 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 bounding over rugged, unpaved terrain, the 2014 Ford Flex is not your best choice. A big V8-powered SUV such as the Dodge Durango or Ford's own Expedition is better geared to those tasks.

What's New for 2014

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

Driving the Flex

Driving Impressions The 2014 Ford Flex manages to feel maneuverable and responsive despite its wide body and long wheelbase. Through tight turns, especially, it shows good poise, and its smooth ride and...

quiet interior help make for a pleasant driving experience. Sway and body roll are minimal thanks to taut suspension, big wheel and tire packages and the Flex's low-to-the-ground stance. Electric power steering often comes up short on feel, but this system works well. Despite its 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 option is clearly stronger (365 horsepower) and adds an element of sportiness to the drive. An available all-wheel-drive system adds another level of assurance on slippery roads.

REAR-CONSOLE REFRIGERATOR
Pick the middle-row captain's chairs rather than the standard bench seat and the console in between can contain 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 continually evolving 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.

2014 Ford Flex Details
Interior

Ford worked hard to make the 2014 Flex a special place to be. The inviting interior is functional, elegantly appointed and meticulously assembled. The new-last-year instrument panel is clean and functional, with the three screens for the new MyFord Touch system. A massive 4-panel Vista skylight is one of the noteworthy features. The 2nd-row and 3rd-row seats fold flat, and so does the right-front passenger seat, creating what feels like acres of cargo space. For hauling people, the front and middle rows provide spacious and comfortable accommodations for four, or five in a pinch. Third-row occupants will find legroom a little tight.

Exterior
2014 Ford Flex photo

The 2014 Ford Flex looks functional and quirky, a little edgy but still timeless. Think Ford Country Squire station wagon meets Mini Cooper. It's a box, for sure, but an elegantly detailed box, with aero-friendly contours and soft edges. The new-last-year face is quite modernistic, with a strong horizontal character and some unconventional treatments in the relatively subtle headlights and prominent Flex name in chrome across the nose. A liftgate clad in brushed aluminum and the optional contrasting-color roof are also strong visual elements. This "flying brick" shape may not appeal to everyone, but it's a distinctive and functional way to build a family hauler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 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. Specifying the Limited trim adds heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat with memory, Sony Premium audio with Ford SYNC communications system, voice-activated navigation, leather upholstery, a power-folding 3rd-row seat, and 19-inch alloy wheels. Standard safety equipment includes 3-row side-curtain airbags and inflatable 2nd-row safety belts.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2014 Ford Flex vary by trim and include the 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6 (Limited only), all-wheel drive (SEL and Limited), a rearview camera, a power rear liftgate, heated 2nd-row seats with power Autofold mode, 2nd-row captain's chairs with a center-console refrigerator, a 4-panel Vista roof, a contrasting-color painted top panel, remote start, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and the Park Assist active parallel-parking aid.

Under the Hood

Across its trim levels, the 2014 Ford Flex offers a choice of two V6 engines (both with a 6-speed automatic transmission) and either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard engine is a smooth and efficient 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing. It makes 287 horsepower and is certainly adequate if not class-leading. Fuel economy is quite good for the vehicle's size with an estimated 17 mpg city and 24 highway. All-wheel-drive models earn slightly lower estimates. The Limited trim offers the option of the EcoBoost V6, which has twin turbochargers and direct injection to produce an impressive 365 horsepower. This 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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2014 Ford Flex Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 230 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

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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

love this vehicle

By on Friday, December 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "once in, everyone loves this vehicle"

Cons: "repairs can be expensive"

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

"The vehicle came from Tennessee and has only see 1 Michigan winter. The vehicle is the turbo with Eco-boost and is so loaded it even has a second row refrigerator."

19 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Excellent crossover. Only lacks arm rests.

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "All positive items .fun..efficient...good value"

Cons: "No arm rests ..a bit of sway in rear"

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

"Great cabin. Second row would be better with arm rests..generous seats allow movement of passenger due to basic size of car . Huge cargo capacity. Excellent fit and finish. As personal matter I would prefer some upgraded sound systems ....like Bose. Got this early in the game and was surprised by the number of strangers who asked "what it was?" And "how do you like it?". Has now caught on in the South East because of quality/price value."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

2ND FLEX OWNED, LOOKING TO GET 3RD!

By on Saturday, November 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,400

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: "VERY ROOMY WITH LOTS OF CARGO SPACE"

Cons: "NOTHING"

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

"THIS IS MY SECOND FLEX, HAD A 2010, NOW 2013, AND LOOKING TO PURCHASES A 2015! RECENTLY FOUND OUT IT APPEARS FORD WILL STOP MAKING THESE AFTER 2015. LOVE THE ROOM THIS CAR HAS, LOW TO THE GROUND SO MY 81 YR OLD MOM HAS NO PROBLEM GETTING IN OR OUT.I CAN HAUL SO MUCH IN THIS VEHICLE. DRIVES AND HANDLES LIKA A DREAM.FITS THE GRANDKIDS WITH NO PROBLEMS.LOTS OF LEG ROOM. I HAVEN'T FOUND A SINGLE THING I DIDN'T LIKE ABOUT MY FLEX!"

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

A Complete and Versatile Vehicle

By on Monday, November 02, 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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Ford Flex delivers the "Goods" !

By on Friday, October 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price , excellent family vehicle"

Cons: "Gas mileage"

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

Comfort and Style under one hood!

"We purchased this pre- owned vehicle as a "compromise" between our truck and car needs. My husband wanted a vehicle to make trips to Lowes/Home Depot, while I wanted a comfortable, luxury car for our family. This is an excellent vehicle that meets all of our criteria and more. It has a lot of cargo room to carry sheet rock, or drive a wedding party around on their special day! I have helped a stranger bring a chair to her house from Home Goods, after seeing her attempt to fit in her small coupe. I have helped a friend pick up a new twin bed and deliver to her home. We have taken family trips in our Flex. It is extremely comfortable and provides a quiet and smooth ride. It handles well on turns and/or on bumpy dirt roads when needed. We have used this as a commuter vehicle, so most of "our" miles are highway miles."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Comfort and Style under one hood!

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