Flex Time: 2011 Ford Flex Titanium Gains Sporty Apperance
Ford's Flex is already a stylish seven-seat alternative to a traditional minivan, but those seeking a sportier look may be interested in the new 2011 Flex Titanium model, which rolls into showrooms later this summer.
Although it isn't badged as a Sport model, the Flex Titanium incorporates a number of cues previously used on the Fusion Sport and Edge Sport. Both headlamps and tail light lenses are smoked, while the front grille, fog lamp surrounds, and tailgate applique are treated to a black chrome finish. Ford also stripped the blue oval logo from the front grille, opting instead to spell "FLEX" along the leading edge of the hood -- a nod to FoMoCo offerings from the '60s.
Four colors -- including exclusive white platinum and candy red metallic paints -- are available, but each is matched with a black roof finish -- a contrast to the body color or white roofs offered on other Flex models. Unique nickel-finish 20-inch wheels are standard, although polished chrome rims are available for an extra $2300.
Apart from the unique seat trim -- which pairs black leather with cream Alcantara inserts -- the Flex Titanium's interior is virtually identical to the Flex Limited. Navigation is standard, as is a 12-speaker Sony audio system, and Ford's Sync connectivity interface. Second-row bucket seats, a DVD entertainment system, a refrigerated second-row center console, and a three-row moonroof remain optional equipment.
If the Titanium is your cup of tea, expect to shell out an extra $3000 over a comparable Flex Limited. A Flex Titanium with the 3.5-liter V-6 and front-wheel drive stickers for $41,115 ($2495 over a comparable Limited FWD), while all-wheel-drive adds an extra $ to the window sticker. Those who desire some go with the show can opt for the all-wheel-drive Flex Titanium equipped with the 355-horsepower, EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, which carries a base price of $45,960.