2010 Ford Flex

SE FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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With the 2010 model year, Ford is marking the start of its EcoBoost initiative, a plan that will dramatically effect the company's entire lineup in the coming years. By using turbocharging and direct injection with smaller-displacement engines, Ford says it can offer better performance and fuel economy. The company expects it will put 1.3 million EcoBoost engines on the road by 2013 and offer the technology in 90 percent of its models.
The Flex crossover is one of the first Fords to get EcoBoost. Using a 3.5-liter V-6, the Flex achieves V-8 performance with V-6 fuel economy. The Flex EcoBoost (which is only available with all-wheel drive) achieves the same fuel economy as the base all-wheel-drive Flex, which is rated at 16/22 mpg.
The technology in Ford's EcoBoost engines isn't revolutionary, but the company's plan for such widespread adoption is unique. In the 3.5-liter V-6, two turbochargers spin as fast as 170,000 rpm to force more air into the engine while fuel injectors spray gasoline into the cylinders at 2175 psi. Adding more air and fuel allows extra power to be squeezed out of each combustion event.
There are plenty of automakers that might detune a performance engine by 10 to 20 hp in the family crossover, but the Flex receives the same 355 hp that will move the Ford Taurus SHO, the Lincoln MKS, and the Lincoln MKT. Ford has decided that its first EcoBoost engine needs to place more emphasis on performance than fuel economy in order to build a positive impression of the technology. Future Ford engines using turbochargers and direct injection may focus more on the fuel economy side of the equation. Torque is rated at 350 lb-ft and spans from 1500 to 5250 rpm. It's that plateau-flat torque curve that creates an exciting and effective blast when the throttle is planted. Ford estimates 0-to-60-mph acceleration occurs in about 7 seconds.
EcoBoost Flexes all receive a manual-shift mode for the six-speed automatic transmission, along with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. The paddles are a great addition for the performance engine but could use some refinement. When the gear selector is left in drive, the paddles can't be used to effect a downshift. In manual mode, the transmission is happy to provide downshifts at a fairly quick pace but sometimes isn't restrictive enough (yes, we just said that). Multiple times, we asked for one too many downshifts, and the Flex obliged by dropping down a gear - right on top of redline. To top it off, the coarse, dull finish on the plastic paddle shifters looks out of place compared with the rest of the well-trimmed cabin.
More than an engine upgrade
The Flex with EcoBoost is more than just a Flex with a different engine. The engineering team has also modified the suspension with stiffer springs, higher damping rates, and a ride height that has been lowered by ten millimeters. Combined with the already-low ride height and excellent body control, the subtle changes make this Flex one of the best handling crossovers on the market and do a good job of disguising its 4839-pound weight.
Ford has also equipped EcoBoost Flexes with electric power steering (the base Flex will continue to use a hydraulic system). The primary advantage is that Ford can now incorporate its Active Park Assist (see below), but the system also adds a feature called Pull-Drift Compensation. When a driver has the steering wheel slightly turned to keep the vehicle straight on a crowned road or in strong crosswinds, the computer recognizes it and activates drift compensation. By adding small amounts of torque to keep the wheel off-center, the driver can reduce the amount of effort to keep the wheel cocked and car straight.
The enthusiast's crossover
Ford touts EcoBoost's advantages with a pragmatic slant: better towing with above-average fuel economy. We agree that those are admirable attributes. But driving the winding roads of the Rockies outside of Boulder, Colorado, we came to admire the Flex EcoBoost as something else: an enthusiast's crossover. Combined with confident body control and surprising handling, the torque-monster engine creates a fun driving experience. All-wheel drive provides sure footing, and the paddle shifters allowed us to run up and down through the gears and keep boost at the ready.
To emphasize the Flex's towing credentials, Ford took us to Estes Park, Colorado, at an elevation of approximately 7500 feet. Towing trailers that were loaded with 2500 pounds of ATVs and dirt bikes, we ran up mountain roads in a GMC Acadia, a Dodge Durango Hemi, and a Ford Flex EcoBoost. While the normally aspirated engines--a 3.6-liter V-6 in the Acadia and a 5.7-liter V-8 in the Dodge Durango--wheezed from a lack of air, the Ecoboost's turbochargers kept the Flex steaming ahead. At sea level, the Hemi and the EcoBoost are on a much more level playing field - but the earth is not flat. The Flex can pull up to 4500 pounds and comes standard with a trailer sway control system when equipped with the towing package.
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Different crossover, same style
Inside and out, the turbocharged Flex looks very much like the same vehicle that was introduced last year. Unique to the EcoBoost crossover are twenty-inch painted aluminum wheels and chrome-tipped dual exhausts.
EcoBoost will only be offered in SEL and Limited trims. That means you'll automatically get power driver and passenger seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-disc CD player, and Sync, which incorporates media player control and phone integration. Stepping up to the Limited adds voice-activated navigation with back-up camera, ambient lighting, HID headlights, and LED taillights. All EcoBoost Flexes found on dealers' lots will also include the convenience package highlighted by adjustable pedals, a power liftgate, and a 110-volt power outlet.
Park it, Jeeves
The headlining technology in the EcoBoost Flex is Ford's Active Park Assist, a system that identifies parallel parking spots and then steers the Flex into them. Lexus has offered a similar system on the LS460 for several years, but Lexus's system is notoriously finicky, often canceling the process in the middle of a parking maneuver.
We tested Ford's system by parallel parking a Flex in a generous-sized space between two customized Flex SEMA show cars. To start, simply push a button and cruise the street. The Flex searches for a parallel parking space on the right side of the street. If you're on a one-way street and want the Flex to check the left side, simply turn on your left turn signal.
When a spot has been identified, the system alerts you with a ding, and the display in the dash lets you know that you need to continue forward a few more feet. Another audible alert will tell you when it's time to put the transmission in reverse. At that point, the hands go in the lap as the Flex takes control of the steering wheel. As the driver, however, you're still responsible for the gas and the brake pedal. If you want to try parallel parking at 40 mph, Active Park Assist will try to keep up with you.
As you ease on the gas pedal, the wheel steering spins to lock and the eventually back in the other direction. What with the magically spinning steering wheel, a series of audible beeps, and the live action in the rear-view camera screen, it can be easy to lose focus. Don't forget to hit the brakes, or you'll smack the car behind you. To complete the maneuver, shift back to drive and allow the Flex to move to the center of the spot.
The Ford system works surprisingly well. When we're finished, the Flex is perfectly centered in the spot, just inches from the curb. While the Lexus system uses cameras to identify spaces and obstacles, Ford's system uses four ultrasonic sensors at each corner of the vehicle. It also helps that Ford gives the driver full control over the gas and the brake, so you don't have to tolerate slug-speed parking. Had our space been smaller, it's possible that the Flex would have requested multiple shifts between reverse and forward to get into the spot, but it would in all likelihood still do a better job than you would. The Active Park Assist Technology will also be offered on the Lincoln MKS sedan and MKT crossover in 2010 and is only available on EcoBoost models of the Flex.
Premium performance, premium price
Technically, the Flex with EcoBoost will start at $36,115, but you'll have to special order that vehicle from the dealer. As mentioned, Ford is building all of its stock Flexes with additional equipment that it figures most buyers will want. That means the cheapest EcoBoost Flex SEL in stock on dealer's lots will run $39,995. Limited models start at $42,785 with the tacked-on options. Those are big numbers, but Ford does have a rare product on its hands, because this crossover offer V-8-like performance. Competition such as the Chevrolet Traverse, the Honda Pilot, and the Toyota Highlander still offer V-6 engines.
Ford hopes that EcoBoost will give even more buyers reason to shift from their large SUVs to a crossover. For those able to foot the bill, the Ford Flex with EcoBoost is an engaging, unique offering in the crossover segment.
2010 Ford Flex
2010 Ford Flex
If you are looking for a large crossover vehicle that can even handle some heavy towing, the Ford Flex is what you need. This unmistakable box shaped crossover's shape caries on in the interior to offer an amazing amount of head room. The seating in the flex offers more interior leg room than most of its competitors and still manages to pull off a very stylish design. The flex does offer a small setback with its design when trying to back into parking positions, but with the optional backup camera this is not an issue.

The Flex offers a very smooth and comfortable ride for all of its passengers, which makes up for any other shortcomings it may have. This is a great vehicle for long family trips or solo drives across the county. The inside of the Flex offers many extras and is very well equipped at any trim level. If you are interested in using this vehicle to tow, it can carry up to 4,500 pounds which makes it a very functional utility vehicle by any standards.
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I was on the Ford Flex EcoBoost launch in Boulder, Colorado where we got to steer these crossovers around mountain bends. The low ride height gives the Flex a serious handling advantage over the other crossovers in this class. The turbocharged Flex offers some serious grip and power. Of course, this is still a big, heavy crossover riding on relatively soft springs, so it does lean in turns.
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The Flex EcoBoost is, to my mind, THE solution for the family man who has to have a seven-passenger vehicle but who cannot abide the thought of a minivan and wants a vehicle with some style and a smoking-hot powertrain. I would never be embarrassed to drive this thing. It's pretty darn cool and there is SO much power on tap, and it's ready and standing at attention, waiting for the slightest movement of your right foot.
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Because it does so many things so well, the Ford Flex has been an Automobile Magazine All-Star for the last two years. It has a well-thought-out and nicely executed cabin, in which seven people can ride in comfort. It has a low step-in height to make ingress and egress easy, and yet it still manages to allow the driver to sit higher than he or she would in a regular station wagon. It can even tow 4500 pounds when properly equipped. With the 355-hp twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 (which wasn't available in its first year on the market), Ford has addressed what was arguably one of the Flex's only weaknesses-a lack of power-thereby making the Flex's package even more appealing.
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Eric wasn't kidding about the torque steer. All-wheel drive or not, this thing is sending a lot of power to its front wheels. Indeed, it's that final bit of dynamic refinement that's missing from the Flex, which is pretty much beyond fault from a visual or comfort standpoint. Like the other cars riding this platform-the Taurus, the Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT-the Flex could use stronger, better brakes and a bit less softness in the suspension. Even with these flaws, the Flex is a step up compared to most traditional minivans, especially from the power standpoint.
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There's no denying $46,000 is a bit pricey for a crossover (it's actually $1000 more than a four-wheel-drive Expedition Eddie Bauer), but it's not that uncommon for modern minivans to crest the $40k mark. Tick every box on the new 2010 Sienna Limited AWD, and you're staring at a window sticker that reads $46,098.
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2010 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost AWD
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For 2010, the biggest change to the Flex, Ford's retro-classically styled people mover, is the option of a turbocharged V-6.
A strike at an Indian parts supplier caused both Ford and General Motors to idle crossover plants due to transmission parts shortages. The six-week strike ended last night, and both companies will begin crossover production again shortly.
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Good Lord, this Flex is FAST! I made use of all 355 hp as often as traffic would allow in my night with the Flex. This is quite possibly the only crossover ever to inspire hooliganism. No, it's not going to do burnouts or compel a trip to the local autocross course, but the roll-on acceleration is amazing, and the twin turbos more than keep up with the aerodynamic demands at highway speeds. Honestly, there's enough thrust here to warrant an SVT badge. But I'm happy Ford didn't go that route with the Flex.
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Yep, Ford did a great job with the EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6. There's lots of power across the rev range, giving the Flex the ability to simply rocket out of entrance ramps and onto the freeway. Like Phil Floraday, I found myself taking full advantage of the Flex's capabilities and was weaving in and out of mid-evening freeway traffic. At 90 mph in top gear, you don't get much response if you mash the accelerator, but hit one of the shift paddles (which don't feel great to your fingertips, unfortunately), and the downshifts are immediate and produce almost violent forward thrust. This is definitely a people mover for mommies in a hurry. What also surprised me was how tractable the Flex EcoBoost is around town; throttle tip-in is just right, and the twin-turbo V-6 pours on lots of usable torque for the urban cut-and-thrust.
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Phil and Joe do not lie: this EcoBoosted Flex is one quick big box. I went beyond highway hustling and sampled the solid towing capabilities of this Flex, and my 2000-pound popup camper trailer barely diminished the Ford's awesome accelerative power (although the Flex's brakes were a bit stressed by the extra weight of the unbraked trailer). Indeed, I think the Flex beats pretty much every other six-cylinder vehicle that I've hooked my camper behind (such as the Jeep Wrangler, Chrysler Town & Country, Toyota FJ Cruiser, and Subaru Tribeca). Fuel mileage, towing or not, is slightly disappointing at 18 mpg combined, but what can you expect from a 355-hp, 4800-pound, all-wheel-drive SUV?
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I concur. The Ecoboost V-6 is amazingly responsive in any gear and at nearly any speed, making this Flex equally adept at scooting around town and performing quick passing maneuvers on the highway. It's also quiet - turbo-whine is minimal - and refined - shifts are smooth and well-timed.
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I sat in the back - the way-way back - of the Flex while someone else drove. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of comfort in the least-spacious area, and though headroom was tight, there was plenty of legroom. Unlike some crossovers that compromise rear-seat window size for style, the Flex gives third-row passengers a good view of the passing scenery. You don't feel like you are in a clunky minivan, although it's clear you're riding in the back of a long-wheelbase vehicle. Kudos to Ford engineers for making the Flex feel a lot more lithe than it is, at least for the passenger.
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2010 Ford Flex EcoBoost
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2010 Ford Flex Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
262 hp @ 6250rpm
248 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
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60,000 miles / 60 months
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60,000 miles / 60 months
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