2018 Ford Flex

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Ford Flex highlights

Customer rating


  • Interior is spacious and versatile for cargo or passengers
  • Outward visibility is excellent for such a large vehicle
  • Turbocharged V6 engine has an abundance of power


  • Standard second-row bench does not slide
  • Advanced safety features have limited availability
  • Difficulty using some controls

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 21 highway, 17 combined

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Unique styling of the 2018 Ford Flex hides a versatile and comfortable interior

The 2018 Ford Flex packs three rows of seats into a vehicle somewhere between a station wagon and a midsize SUV. The Flex offers up a long list of features, a comfortable interior and a high degree of flexibility that keep it a compelling choice, even against newer competitors. Two V6 engines are available, including a twin-turbocharged version that turns the Flex into a secret hot rod. The infotainment system has also kept up with the times, with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ available on SEL and higher trims.

That boxy exterior design stands out in a parking lot and helps create a roomy interior with tons of space for people and their things. Even the third row has acceptable space for adults, at least for short trips. Behind the third row is a large cargo area that’s easy to load and unload.

Note that although the Flex’s design has aged gracefully since its 2009 debut, most competitors from 2018 have more modern-feeling interiors and more widely available driver assist systems.

All Ford Flex years

What is new for the 2018 Ford Flex?

  • Flex trims have been upgraded with Vinyl Seats as standard equipment this year.
  • The SEL trim now comes with Navigation System as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Rear Air Conditioning as standard equipment.

2018 Ford Flex trims

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  • 290-hp, 254-lb-ft of torque 3.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • View our Ford Flex SE inventory


  • Includes all features available on the SE
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Smart Key
  • Remote Start
  • 4WD/AWD
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Navigation System
  • View our Ford Flex SEL inventory


  • Includes all features available on the SEL
  • 365-hp, 350-lb-ft of torque 3.5L
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seats
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Sony Sound System
  • Vinyl Seats
  • View our Ford Flex Limited inventory

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Ford Flex

What We Like

Interior flexibility: The 2018 Ford Flex lives up to its name with an interior that’s roomy, comfortable, and has tons of cargo and small item storage space. There’s plenty of cargo space behind the third row, and it’s easy to fold down the third row for even more. There’s even an available fridge, mounted between the middle row seats, that makes the Flex the ultimate road tripper.

Visibility: The unique exterior styling of the Flex pays off with excellent outward visibility. The big windows and wide exterior mirrors make maneuvering this large vehicle easy enough that the backup camera almost feels unnecessary, although we’re still glad it’s there.

Turbocharged engine: The twin-turbocharged V6 engine available in the 2018 Flex puts out 365 horsepower. Couple that with all-wheel drive, and the turbocharged Flex handily outpaces even more modern SUVs. Keep an eye out for the “EcoBoost” badge if you want a sleeper hot rod.

What Needs Improvement

Driver assist system availability: While the Flex does offer a comprehensive suite of advanced driver assist systems, they’re confined to the most expensive Limited trim. That wasn’t so unusual for 2018, but note that many competitors, such as the Honda Pilot, offered their systems at much lower price points.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.3 out of 5

6 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Ford Flex an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Ford Flex 9th out of 14 among Minivans.

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Ford Flex features and specs

SE 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Sync System
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.8"/M 44.3"/R 33.3"

Head room

F 41.8"/M 40.5"/R 38.7"

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Max towing capacity

200/2000 lbs.



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