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2019 Ford Flex Review | CarMax

Looking for a stylish and spacious SUV-like wagon with incredible utility and comfort? With its eye-catching exterior and roomy cabin with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers, the 2019 Ford Flex deserves a spot on your list. From around-town driving to out-of-town family escapades, this Ford SUV combines practicality with comfort to enjoy life on the road.

While we currently do not have many 2019 Ford Flexes on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. Below are average prices of the Ford Flex at CarMax.1

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $19,0001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $21,0001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $21,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $24,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $25,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Ford Flex review:

Key Specs and Features:


  • The 2019 Ford Flex with FWD and 3.5L engine with automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined.2
  • The 2019 Ford Flex with AWD and 3.5L engine with automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined.2
  • The 2019 Ford Flex with AWD and turbocharged 3.5L engine with automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • 20 cubic feet of volume with all rows in place
  • 43.2 cubic feet with the third row folded
  • 83.2 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded
2019 Ford Flex Review:Cargo | CarMax

Towing Capacity:

  • Ford Flex towing capacity is an estimated 4,500 lbs. with the 3.5L V6 or turbocharged 3.5L V6 on 2019 models, when properly equipped.3

Seating Capacity:

  • Seven passengers with the standard second-row bench
  • Six passengers with the available second-row bucket seats (SEL and Limited)

Engine Options:

  • Standard 3.5L V6 producing 287 hp and 254 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Available turbocharged 3.5L V6 producing 365 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque (Limited)

Tech Features:

  • SYNC® infotainment system with 4.2-inch LCD screen (SE)
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system with eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen (SEL and Limited)
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration (SEL and Limited)
  • Voice-activated navigation system (Limited)
  • Rearview monitor


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5 Reasons to Buy

1. Powerful V6 Engines

The 2019 Flex's 287-hp V6 base engine with 254 lb.-ft. of torque has great get-up-and-go for carpooling or running errands around town. It pairs to a six-speed automatic transmission with standard front-wheel drive or you can add an optional all-wheel-drive system for more traction in tough conditions. An available turbocharged 3.5L V6 with 365 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque is also offered on the Ford Flex Limited. This engine comes standard with all-wheel drive and delivers strong acceleration, even with many passengers and lots of cargo in the cabin. With either of the 3.6L V6 engines, the 2019 Flex can tow an estimated 4,500 lbs. when properly equipped to pull a small trailer or pair of ATVs.3

2019 Ford Flex Review:Engine | CarMax

2. Plenty of Room

If you need space for passengers and belongings, the 2019 Flex is a great multi-tasker. With the standard second-row bench seat, you'll have room for seven passengers, or you can opt for the available second-row bucket seats (SEL and Limited) to accommodate six passengers. With 33.3 inches of adult-friendly third-row legroom, the 2019 Flex is comfortable no matter where you sit, plus you'll have 20 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row for sporting equipment and a stroller. If you frequently transport garage sale finds, the Flex's second and third rows fold into the floor, providing you with a flat-load surface to easily transport bigger items or up to 83.2 cubic feet of cargo.

2019 Ford Flex Review:Back Seats | CarMax
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3. Comfortable Ride

The 2019 Ford Flex is the ultimate road-tripper because of its balanced ride and quiet interior. The SUV's ride height provides great visibility from the driver seat and the large windows throughout the cabin let your passengers enjoy the views. If your travels take you into the city, you'll love the 2019 Flex's car-like maneuverability in tight spaces. The SUV's independent front and rear suspension with stabilizer bars also handle well on curvy roads with little body roll.

2019 Ford Flex Review:Front Seats | CarMax

4. Stylish Looks

With its distinctive boxy shape and wide, low-profile stance, the Flex has a personality all its own. Available in nine vibrant exterior colors—including ruby red and deep blue—there are many Ford Flex colors to suit your mood. SEL and Limited trims are also available with an Appearance Package that delivers even more style with a contrasting black roof, black beltline moldings, and large 20-inch high-gloss ebony black-painted machined aluminum wheels. Inside the cabin, the Appearance Package adds gray leather-trimmed seating with perforated inserts and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with black bezels to flex your style in comfort.

5. Connectivity Features

Staying connected on the road is easy in the 2019 Ford Flex. The base SYNC infotainment system includes a 4.2-inch LCD with one USB port to keep your devices charged. If you're looking for more smartphone integration, SEL and Limited trims come standard with a SYNC 3 infotainment system with a larger eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The trim-topping Ford Flex Limited also features a standard voice-activated navigation system, which is handy for commuting and road trips. A 12-speaker Sony® audio system is standard in the Limited to enjoy your playlists on your drive.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • SE: Includes 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar and recline, four-way manual front-passenger seat, SYNC Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System with 4.2-inch LCD screen, manual liftgate, and more.
  • SEL: Adds 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, SYNC 3 with eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar and recline, six-way power front-passenger seat with manual lumbar and recline, heated front seats, and more.
  • Limited: Adds 19-inch nickel-painted aluminum wheels, driver seat memory feature, power-adjustable pedals with memory, 12-speaker Sony audio system, voice-activated navigation system, power liftgate, and more.

Available Colors

  • Agate Black
  • Blue
  • Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ingot Silver
  • Magnetic
  • Oxford White
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Stone Gray
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat


  • Seven-passenger seating with standard second-row bench
  • Six-passenger seating with available second-row bucket seats (SEL and Limited)
  • Standard third-row manual fold-in-floor 50/50 split-bench seat
  • 83.2 cubic feet of total cargo volume
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system with eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility (SEL and Limited)

Average CarMax Prices

Below are average prices of Ford Flexes at CarMax.1

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $19,0001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $21,0001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $21,5001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $24,5001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $25,5001

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Safety and Reliability

2019 Ford Flex Review:RepairPal | CarMax

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2019 Ford Flex3

The 2019 Ford Flex is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Ford Flex models with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Ford Flex.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating- 3.5/5
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $713.12

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2019 Ford Flex

The 2019 Ford Flex has not been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2019 Ford Flex, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Ford Edge

Looking for a fun-to-drive SUV that can handle daily duty? The Ford Edge is a well-rounded choice. With room for five passengers, 2017-2019 Edges offer 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row for groceries and golf clubs. The 60/40-split rear seats also fold flat to reveal 73.4 cubes for larger items (2017-2019 models). For more performance, check out the 2019 Edge ST's turbocharged 2.7L V6 that generates 335 hp and 380 lb.-ft. The 2019 Ford ST also comes with these sporty standard features:

  • 20-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels
  • Performance-tuned suspension
  • Perforated leather steering wheel with ST logo
  • Bolstered bucket front seats with embossed ST logo
  • Dual trapezoidal and polished stainless-steel exhaust tips

Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion is a five-passenger midsize sedan with sharp handling and a smooth ride, along with plenty of features. 2017-2019 models offer four engine choices, including a gas-sipping turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder that returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.2 All-wheel drive is also available on 2017-2019 SE, SEL, and Titanium trims for greater precision or you can choose the 2017-2019 Fusion V6 Sport, which comes standard with all-wheel drive. The V6 Sport is well-equipped with these standard features (2017-2019 models):

  • 19-inch tarnished dark-painted wheels
  • 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar
  • Leather-trimmed seats with suede cloth inserts
  • Quad-tip exhaust tip
  • Rear decklid spoiler

Ford Taurus

The Ford Taurus is a large sedan with sophisticated styling, strong powertrains, and a big interior that can carry five passengers and lots of trunk cargo. With a standard 288-hp 3.5L V6 with 254 lb.-ft. of torque in 2017-2019 models, the Taurus offers great performance for everyday driving with a quiet, balanced ride. This sedan is well-suited for highway commuting or longer trips and boasts a comfortable interior with 38.1 inches of back seat legroom. Standard features on the 2017-2019 Taurus SE include:

  • 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Six-way power front seats
  • Single-zone manual air conditioning
  • SYNC infotainment system with 4.2-inch LCD screen

The Bottom Line

Practical, comfortable, and versatile, the 2019 Ford Flex is an ideal three-row SUV-like wagon if you need room for seven passengers and plenty of cargo. This model seamlessly combines function and style, making it a flexible choice for everyday driving and special trips.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com in December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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