With distinctive, love-it-or-hate-it styling and two capable V-6 engines, the Ford Flex is as adept at moving people and their belongings as a minivan and as satisfying to drive as a sport wagon. Originally introduced with a single powerplant, a competent but unremarkable 3.5-liter V-6, the Flex was one of the first recipients of Ford's EcoBoost engine. The direct-injected, turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 provides V-8-like acceleration and power while matching the fuel economy of the normally aspirated Flex. This year, however, the EcoBoost engine is only available with the top two Trim Levels; it is not available on the SE or the SEL. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on SEL, Limited, and Titanium Flexes with the normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6. When you opt for EcoBoost, you get standard all-wheel drive, twenty-inch aluminum wheels, and leather-trimmed seats. As before, interior amenities abound, but you'll have to pay extra for many of them. Sync provides hands-free operation of Bluetooth-enabled phones and digital media players, and there is a rear-seat entertainment system to keep the kids occupied on long road trips. A rear console refrigerator holds up to seven twelve-ounce cans and cools them from room temperature to 41 degrees faster than your refrigerator at home could. In addition, you can order a host of accessories from the dealer, including interior cargo organizers, a roof-mounted cargo box, illuminated door sills, and sport pedals.
Drive: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim Levels: SE, SEL, Limited, Titanium
Body Style: SUV/crossover, 6- or 7-passenger
Engines: 3.5L V-6, 262 hp, 248 lb-ft
3.5L twin-turbo V-6, 355 hp, 350 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger Volume: 155.8 cu ft
Capabilities: Towing 4500 lb; cargo (behind third/
middle/front seats) 20.0/43.2/83.2 cu ft
The most notable change is that the EcoBoost engine option has been dropped from the SEL and is now available only on Limited and Titanium models. Roof rack side rails are now available with the panoramic Vista Roof. The second-row bench seat on Limited and Titanium models now has a flip-down center armrest with cupholders, and the rear windshield wiper is center mounted. There are four new exterior colors.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS, traction and stability control, a tire-pressure monitoring system, a reverse sensing system, and programmable MyKey. Trailer-sway control is optional with the towing package. A rearview camera is standard on Limited and Titanium models with navigation.
EPA Fuel Economy
All: 16-17 mpg city/21-24 mpg highway
- Unique styling
Easy-to-access third row
You Won't Like
- Unique styling
EcoBoost limited to top two
A different kind of people mover.
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