2014 Ford Flex

SE FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 auto trans

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2014 Ford Flex
2014 Ford Flex

New For 2014

There are two new paint colors, sunset metallic and oxford white.

Vehicle Summary

A follow up to the Fairlane concept that was shown at the 2005 Detroit auto show, the Ford Flex made its first public appearance in 2007 and went on sale a year later as a 2009 model. Inspired by "woodie" station wagons but with a much more modern touch, the crossover showed that not all six- or seven-passenger vehicles had to be boring, amorphous blobs. A refresh, which debuted for the 2013 model year, brought a new front end with a more modern grille and larger Flex lettering, engine tweaks, and mechanical changes that improved handling and braking. Although it's a practical and appealing vehicle, the Ford Flex has failed to resonate with customers. The three-row Explorer (with which the Flex shares its platform) sells many times more units per year, and the Flex also lags far behind almost all of its rival crossovers.


The Ford Flex is a style-conscious alternative to a minivan. It still seats up to seven and the rear seat, unlike in some three-row crossovers, is usable and easily accessed. Other positives include optional all-wheel drive, a respectable driving experience, and an available twin-turbo engine. The standard 287-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is perfectly adequate and returns smooth performance through its six-speed automatic transmission whether equipped with front- or all-wheel drive. The optional twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 packs a 365-hp punch that necessitates all-wheel drive; while it's fun to drive, this engine costs buyers both in terms of sticker price and at the gas pump. Speaking of fun to drive, the Ford Flex handles much better than many three-row crossovers and minivans. Its electric power steering is well calibrated, and the 2013 update brought larger brakes that are reassuringly strong.
The Flex's retro, rectilinear styling is polarizing, although we're strongly in favor of the brash design. The crossover’s recent face-lift, which reduced the amount of chrome adorning the Flex's nose, makes it look even better. Unfortunately the 2013 refresh did little to update the cabin, which remains swathed in plain plastics and boring, square shapes. It's not nearly as modern as the interior of other contemporary Ford products, although options like MyFord Touch, a blind-spot warning monitor, and a self-parking function are available. Interior room and packaging are impressive, however, with easy-to-fold seats and a power-fold option for the third row. Other entries on the long options list include an appearance package with 20-inch wheels, a black-painted roof, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel; a Vista Roof with four individual skylights; a refrigerator for the second row that can chill seven 12-ounce soda cans or two 20-ounce bottles; and heated and cooled front seats.

You'll like:

  • More stylish than a minivan
  • Plentiful interior room
  • Good driving dynamics

You won't like:

  • Gets expensive with options
  • Dated interior
  • Retro styling

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Traverse
  • Mazda CX-9
  • Ford Explorer
  • Honda Odyssey
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SE FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6
18 MPG City | 25 MPG Hwy
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2014 Ford Flex Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
25 MPG
287 hp @ 6500rpm
254 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • 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)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning.
If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park', increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S10.
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Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford F-150 and Flex vehicles manufactured March 1, 2014, to May 31, 2014. The affected vehicles were manufactured with a reduced clearance between the seat frame and the seat track assembly. This can cause the Occupant Classification System (OCS) to inaccurately register passenger weight and improperly suppress the passenger front airbag when the passenger seat is occupied by an adult passenger. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Improper suppression of the passenger airbag increases the risk of an injury to the seat occupant in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front passenger airbag.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will widen the gap between the seat frame and seat track assembly and recalibrate the seat OCS, free of charge. The recall began November 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14C10.
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Five Year Cost of Ownership: $31,828 What's This?
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