A powerful SUV that stands out on the road.
If you're looking for a vehicle that needs to fit lots of people or stuff, but don't want a minivan, you should take a look at the Ford Flex. There's plenty of space in the interior for stuff or people, and a capable 3.5L V6 has all the power you need from a family vehicle.
Brought out in 2009, with a body update in 2013, the Ford Flex has a unique design that really helps it stand out from the crowd.
Keep reading to learn more about this exciting, minivan alternative.
Key Specs & Features
- A powerful 3.5L V6 engine (with optional twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine available for the SEL and Limited variants from 2010 onwards) and smooth-shifting six-speed transmission.
- Flexible seating that comfortably fits up to seven passengers across all years.
- The all-wheel drive system, available on all years and trims, should boost traction in poor weather conditions.
- The 2017 Ford Flex with front-wheel drive and the base 3.5L V6 has an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined .1
- A six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth® is standard on all 2015 and newer models.
5 Reasons to buy
1. Lots of interior space
The unique shape of the Ford Flex is more than its interesting look. With everything folded flat, there should be ample space for you to haul some bigger items such as camping or fishing gear. Because its overall shape hasn't changed since its introduction in 2009, you should expect the same practical space in any model year.
2. Three rows of seats
Larger families will make good use of the extra seating in the Ford Flex. All years have a pair of seats in the third row, giving it a total of seven seats. This makes it a great alternative to a minivan if you have a large family.
3. One-of-a-kind styling
Many SUVs and minivans on the road today look very similar but the Ford Flex stands out among the crowd with its stylish, boxy design. It's a fresh take on the traditional family vehicle.. The 2010 update added the 'Flex' lettering to the new grille shape, making it a real head-turner.
4. High-powered all-wheel drive
Since 2010, the available all-wheel drive Ford Flex unlocks an optional second engine. This twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 produces 355 horsepower, which was boosted to 365 horsepower in 2013 and newer models.
5. Tow capacity
While the Ford Flex doesn't look like your typical SUV, it still has many of the same capabilities as an SUV. With the standard 3.5-liter V6, the 2013 and newer AWD Ford Flex can tow up to an estimated 4,500 pounds with the Tow Package, when properly equipped.2That's plenty for a small toy trailer or entry-level camper.
What you need to know
Ford Flex Average CarMax Prices3
- 2014-2017 - Average price less than $22,500
- 2018 - Average price less than $26,000
Ford Flex Trims
The 2013 and newer Ford Flex is available in the following trims:
- SE: 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker CD player with AM/FM radio, power accessories and manually controlled second-row air conditioning are standard.
- SEL: At the mid-level, the SEL trim adds 18-inch alloy wheels, Ford SYNC, a satellite radio, in-dash six-disk CD player and automatic climate control. An all-wheel drive platform is also available.
- Limited: the top trim is available in front or all-wheel drive, and adds 19-inch chrome wheels, leather-trimmed seats, a panoramic sunroof, a Sony premium sound system, and heated and ventilated front seats. All-wheel drive is also available as an option.
Ford Flex Interior
Thanks to the stylish boxy exterior, the Ford Flex offers some impressive interior space. With all three seats up there is 20 cubic-feet of cargo space. Put all three rows down flat, and you open up an impressive 83.2 cubic-feet of cargo space. There's over 155 cubic-feet of total passenger space in the Ford Flex, across all model years since its introduction in 2009.
Ford Flex Colors
The 2013 and newer Ford Flex is available in the following colors:
- Blue Jeans (2017 onward)
- Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
- Ingot Silver
- Oxford White
- Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
- Shadow Black
- White Gold (2017 onward)
- White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
Ford Flex Engine and Transmission
Standard on all trim levels on 2013 and newer, is a 3.5L V6 engine, which makes 287 horsepower. All-wheel drive models have an optional twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine which produces 365 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all trims and models.
Years in Review
2013 Ford Flex
Fresh off a significant update of the body, the 2013 Ford Flex has a more prominent, bolder grille and front end while keeping the ridged roof and bold lines from previous years. The standard 3.5L V6 engine gets 23 more horsepower, increasing the total to 285.
2014 Ford Flex
With the success of the 2013 update, the 2014 Ford Flex is essentially unchanged. However, you can still stand out in the crowd thanks to a new optional appearance package. You can add 20-inch premium wheels, black roof, and a unique logo to your SEL or Limited Flex.
2015 Ford Flex
Connectivity now comes standard on the 2015 Ford Flex. New on the base-level SE trim is Ford's SYNC system, which brings Bluetooth connectivity to every model. The 2015 Ford Flex also adds rear parking sensors as standard gear, designed to help you get in and out of tricky parking spaces.
2016 Ford Flex
While most of the 2016 Ford Flex is the same as previous years, Ford keeps the Flex modern by building on standard tech. Now available in every model is a rearview camera and an updated Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system.
2017 Ford Flex
The Ford Flex starts 2017 off with a fresh coat of paint. The most notable additions to the 2017 Ford Flex are some new exterior paint colors; White Gold and Blue Jeans. Three color options have been dropped, reducing the total to nine.
2018 Ford Flex
There weren't any new updates for the 2018 Ford Flex from previous years.
The Bottom Line
Car shoppers who need something with three rows, like an SUV or minivan, but want to stand out should consider the Ford Flex. There is ample interior space, three model trims to keep decision-making simple, and a great selection of technology and premium feature options.
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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles 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 for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
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