The 2009 Ford Flex represents the automaker’s latest entrant in the crossover/minivan market to cash in on the increasing popularity of such vehicles. The Flex appeals to large families that seek a winning combination of practicality and panache. It also offers a very suitable alternative to large crossover sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
While on the road, the 2009 Ford Flex can get the job done in a very competent way. Although the unusual length of the car remains apparent, it still offers secure handling for such a large vehicle. That requires a fair amount of playing around with the steering wheel. The suspension of the car provides a very forgiving ride that cushions impacts with an impressive degree of refinement. According to most automobile experts, the model offers decent acceleration. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine has a rather tranquil feel to it. While the long travel-brake pedal fails to inspire confidence, the all-wheel drive version of the car stops from 60 mph in 128 feet.
Body Styles: crossover wagon
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Ford Flex SE, Ford Flex SEL, Ford Flex Limited
2009 marks the debut year of the Ford Flex. The crossover wagon sports some eye-catching styling and provides room for seven adults.
The exterior of the vehicle is superbly styled with a metallic finish.
The 2009 Ford Flex crossover comes in three different variants. The basic SE version only offers front drive. Other standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, 60/40-split second-row seats, rear park assist, and 50/50-split third-row seats that can fold over the floor, a power driver’s seat, a six-speaker CD music system with an auxiliary audio input jack, and rear climate controls.
The mid-range SEL version comes as either an all-wheel drive or a front drive vehicle. It adds to the upgraded exterior trim and includes automatic dual-zone controls, 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, front power-heated seats, and a 10-speaker music system with satellite radio.
The top-line Limited version comes with all-wheel drive or front drive. This trim offers 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, xenon headlights, power-adjustable pedals, perforated leather upholstery, memory function for the driver’s seat, and the Sync multimedia interface that Microsoft designed exclusively for Ford.
The 2009 Ford Flex features a top-notch interior. It has abundant soft-touch materials apart from the upscale and attractive design. The spacious layout of the vehicle accommodates seven passengers. Even the third row of seats can accommodate adults and offers a surprising amount of headroom and legroom. The second row of seats, however, impinges on the legroom of the third row. The armrests of the latter do not have padding like the others.
The Microsoft Sync system lends a high-tech character to the vehicle and offers features like advanced voice recognition software for cell phones and MP3 players. Other interesting features include the Sirius Travel Link, Vista roof, and rear console refrigerator. The seats as a whole are somewhat narrow for larger adults. The vehicle offers a minimum cargo capacity of 83 cubic feet, more than adequate for most needs.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Ford Flex contains a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 262 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed automatic provides the only transmission option for the vehicle. The Flex comes with either all-wheel drive or front drive. The former, however, is available only in the Limited and SEL variants of the car. The all-wheel drive version can reach 60 mph in very impressive 8.8 seconds.
Standard safety features on all 2009 Ford Flex vehicles include stability control, anti-lock brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, and front-seat side airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Flex (front drive): 17/24 mpg city/highway
Ford Flex (all-wheel drive): 16/23 mpg city/highway
- Seats seven
- Unique styling
- High-quality interior materials
- Available Sync multimedia interface
- Optional all-wheel drive
You Won't Like
- Lacks a telescopic steering wheel
- Below-average cargo capacity
A thoughtfully designed, high quality vehicle.
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