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Need minivan-like room in anything but a minivan? Check out Ford’s Flex SUV for 2016. Its boxy styling maximizes interior space, while its car-like ride and numerous options will appeal to your softer side. Available all-wheel drive (AWD) and a turbocharged engine are two more bonuses.


If you need maximum ground clearance, an advanced AWD system or the ability to tow more than 4,500 pounds, scratch the Flex off your list. A full-framed SUV like the Nissan Armada or Chevrolet Tahoe might be more to your liking. The Dodge Durango offers a V8 and greater towing ability.

What's New For 2016

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.

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Used 2016 Ford Flex Expert Review

Ford’s 2016 Flex crossover SUV seems the logical evolution of the full-size family wagon of the 1960s and 1970s. Low to the ground and sporting long side glass, the Flex makes no pretense of being a dual-purpose SUV. Those seeking capable off-road ability will be better off in a Honda Pilot or Ford Explorer. However, if the most treacherous road conditions you encounter are snow-covered streets, then the 7-passenger Flex has much to offer. The Flex’s roomy interior can be configured to carry large cargo loads, and its lower ride height makes for a smooth ride and easy step-in. A choice of V6 engines, numerous electronic and convenience features and one-of-a-kind styling all combine to make the Flex the perfect family wagon.

Driving the Used 2016 Ford Flex

While its long, wide body might suggest a truck-like driving experience, the 2016 Ford Flex crossover SUV is actually quite maneuverable. In sharp turns, the Flex’s steering is precise and responsive, although the electric assist somewhat numbs its feedback. The Flex’s suspension manages to keep the car fairly level during high-speed cornering, with good control over sway and pitching, plus one of the most comfortable rides in the segment. Ford has done an excellent job holding outside noise at bay, although the Flex’s larger wheel-and-tire packages vary the amount of road noise that sneaks in. The base 3.5-liter V6 is adequate, but we prefer the surge of power delivered by the available 365-horsepower EcoBoost engine (that’s more horsepower than the V8-powered Dodge Durango). The optional all-wheel drive operates seamlessly and brings an added measure of safety and capability when the weather turns nasty.

Favorite Features

Available on the Limited trim with 2nd-row captain’s-chair seating is a center console refrigerator. With the ability to cool down to 23 degrees Fahrenheit, this onboard appliance is perfect for storing everything from sodas to ice cream.

Replacing the much-maligned MyFord Touch system, Sync 3 offers a vastly better user interface, faster screen response times and a more intuitive look. With Sync, occupants can use voice commands to select music, make or receive phone calls and even have text messages read aloud.

Used 2016 Ford Flex Interior

Ford worked hard to make the 2016 Flex a special place to be. The inviting interior is functional, elegantly appointed and meticulously assembled. The Flex’s instrument panel is clean and functional, with the three screens for the Sync 3 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.

Used 2016 Ford Flex Exterior

The Ford Flex for 2016 looks functional and quirky, but still timeless. Think vintage Ford Country Squire meets Mini Cooper. It’s a box, for sure, but an elegantly detailed box, with aero-friendly contours and soft edges. The Flex’s face is quite modernistic, with a strong horizontal character and some unconventional treatments in the shapely 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 way to build a family hauler.

Used 2016 Ford Flex Standard Features

The 2016 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, rearview camera, 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 3 communications system, a heated steering wheel, 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.

Used 2016 Ford Flex Options

Options for the 2016 Ford Flex vary by trim and include the 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6 (Limited only), all-wheel drive (SEL and Limited), 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, adaptive cruise control with Collision Warning and Brake Support, remote start, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and the Park Assist active parallel-parking aid.

Used 2016 Ford Flex Engine

Across its trim levels, the 2016 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 below average for the vehicle’s size with an estimated 16-mpg city and 23 highway. AWD 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: 16/23 mpg (FWD), 16/22 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: 15/21 mpg

How Much Does the Used 2016 Ford Flex Cost?

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2016 front-wheel-drive Ford Flex SE starts just under $30,500. For the mid-level SEL, prices start around $33,200 (FWD) and $35,150 (AWD). A top-of-the-line Limited begins just under $39,000 with the base engine and FWD and bumps up against $44,000 with the EcoBoost V6 and AWD. Heavily optioned, a Flex Limited can easily exceed $50,000. That pricing is in line with such competitors as the Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango and Honda Pilot, but more expensive than the Kia Sorento. To make your best deal, be sure to check our Fair Purchase Price and see what typical Flex transaction prices are in your area. Considering 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.

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2009 Ford Flex

"Best vehicle I've owned."

Extremely useful vehicle hence the name Flex
Sound system is below average
Currently I have 201,000 miles on my Flex SE with a tow package and it has performed flawlessly. Cost of ownership other than brakes and tires has been 50.00! Replaced a window switch and a headlight, otherwise the entire vehicle is all original all the way down to the belt and plugs. MPG mixed is 23.4 and freeway mileage is amazing, running close to 30 loaded up and the cruise set. Tow package is a must, it transforms an already great people hauler into a great vacationer. Make sure to find one with a luggage rack and the possibilities are endless. Ohio climate is starting to take its toll on the body after 10 years but nothing that can't be fixed.Read less
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2015 Ford Flex

"Nearly perfect large-size vehicle"

fun, roomy, comfy
none. really. NONE.
This car. I LOOOOOVEE this car. It is named the "Sexy Flexy" and yes, that is what we call it. ;) I can't believe that Ford will be discontinuing it in 2020. Big mistake- Huge. (JR quote there). SO SAD about that because I really do think this is one of the best cars out there for someone like me who needs plenty of room to haul lots of kids, pets, and stuff!!! It is comfy (think: driving down the road in your fave den recliner), easy to drive even though it is really long, reliable (no trouble at all so far with it mechanically speaking), great sound system, fits all my kids and my two dogs, and it just LOOKS.SO.DARN. COOL!!!! Yes, the gas mileage isn't great... but HELLLOOOO ... it is a BIG heavy car- what do you expect? I just love it and I will hopefully get the last year model (this year's I guess) for my next car. I am a devoted fan.Read less
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My Mr.Flex
2014 Ford Flex

"Love My Flex!"

fun to drive and 22mpg
After owning a Mazda mpv for 10 years, I had had enough of the minivan look but still wanted the space and 3:rd row seat. we looked at Ford Flex ,Ford Explorer and Durango, but after test driving the Flex I was in Love!! it was smooth, fast, quiet on the road and what an awesome sound system! 12 speakers!!! and the ambient lights are so cool. space in this car are wonderful for all 3 rows and still have big trunk space. I stayed away from the eco boost and went with the 3.5L v6 and its plenty of torque. Love,Love,Love Mr. Flex!!
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2013 Ford Flex

"Several Door Ajar Issues + Alarm Goes of Randomly"

not much, 3 row seating is only good part of car
Many - door ajar issue, alarm goes of randomly
Ford Flex SE 4dr Crossover 2013 car and I am experiencing for the 2nd time a door ajar issue. I fixed one door already and now a 2nd door is having the issue. Not a big problem but it triggers the alarm to go off randomly. And of course it goes off in the middle of the night 2am 5am, its 3 nights in a row!!!!!!!!!!!! I chatted with Ford and they took my feedback and ignored my issue. Online there are tons people experiencing this issue and Ford does not care or do a recall or fix it!!! WOW such terrible service. I have been a Ford driver for 30 years but this will be my last Ford!!!!!!Read less
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2009 Ford Flex

"Great suv"

Cheap plastic handles
Been great vechical very comfortable to ride and drive it the cooler is a nice touch been reliable performance is alright along with mpg
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2016 Ford Flex Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Telematics / Communication Brand - SYNC with MyFord
  • Telematics / Communication Systems
  • Audible Text Message Feature
  • Smartphone Interface
  • USB Port
  • Voice Recognition System


  • AM/FM Radio
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player
  • Rear DVD Entertainment System


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Third Row Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Driver's Seat

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front & Rear Air Conditioning
  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 16 mpg
  • EPA Class - Standard Sport Utility Vehicles
  • EPA Hwy - 23 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 19 mpg


  • Horsepower - 287 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6500 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.40 inches
  • Torque - 254 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4000 rpm


  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rails
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P235/60R17
  • Wheel Type - Aluminum
  • Sidewall Description - BSW


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 60000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 5 years


  • Axle Ratio - 3.39
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 6 cylinders
  • Displacement - 3.5 liter
  • Bore - 3.60 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.3
  • Engine Configuration - V
  • Emissions Rating - ULEV
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • CID - 213 cubic inches
  • Amps - 72 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Manual Mode - SelectShift
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 4439 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 155.8 cubic feet
  • EPA Total Interior - 175.8 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 18.6 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 41.8 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 38.7 inches
  • Height - 68.0 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 42.6 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 33.3 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 7
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.9 inches
  • Overall Length - 201.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 58.4 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 50.8 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 7 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 2000 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 83.2 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 40.7 feet
  • Wheel Base - 117.9 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 88.8 inches
  • Cargo behind second seat - 43.2 cubic feet
  • Cargo behind last seat - 20.0 cubic feet
  • Cargo with all seats down - 83.2 cubic feet
  • Head Room: Center Row - 40.5 inches
  • Leg Room: Center Row - 44.3 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Center Row - 58.1 inches
  • Hip Room: Center Row - 55.0 inches
  • Hip Room: Front - 55.5 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 41.1 inches
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2016 Ford Flex Safety

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2016 Ford Flex Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Emergency & Security Services
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Inflatable Seat Belts
  • Parental Control System
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Rear View Camera


2016 Ford Flex Rankings

287 HP
MPG Combined
19 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.7 Rating
2016 Ford Flex
287 HP

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