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2010 Ford Flex Review

Big box SUV still flexing its muscles

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In a Nutshell
The 2010 Ford Flex is a crossover wagon / sport utility vehicle (SUV) in several trim levels: SE Sport Utility, SEL Sport Utility, SEL EcoBoost Sport Utility, Limited Sport Utility, and Limited EcoBoost Sport Utility. Standard on the Ford Flex is a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional. Available on the SEL and Limited is the turbocharged 3.5-liter "EcoBoost" V6 engine with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The Ford Flex is capable of towing up to 4,500 pounds.

Given the Ford Flex boasts a smooth ride and comfortable interior, it's great for long distance travel. The interior is loaded with both standard and optional features, while the flat rooftop allows plenty of head and cargo room, plus the back seat has lots of legroom to boot. EPA-rated gas mileage is in the 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway range, while the Ford Flex earned five-star safety ratings.

New for 2010

For 2010, the Ford Flex adds the powerful EcoBoost V-6, twin-turbocharged, direct-injected engine boasting an impressive fuel economy. A power-folding, second-row bench is now standard. Other available features are a telescoping steering wheel, the Active Park Assist self-parallel-parking system, and leather upholstery.

Essentials

Engines: 3.5L V-6, 3.5L turbocharged V-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Body Style: SUV
Trims: SE Sport Utility, SEL Sport Utility, SEL EcoBoost Sport Utility, Limited Sport Utility, Limited EcoBoost Sport Utility

On the Outside

The Ford Flex SEL and Limited trims get white roofs and body-color mirrors, while wheel options range from 17 inches on SE trim to 20 inches on the Limited trims. The EcoBoost trims sport separate dual exhausts.

From the Inside

Depending on configuration, the Ford Flex sits either six or seven passengers, although large adults may find the third row a bit tight. Cargo capacity ranges from 20.0 cubic feet to a 83.2 cubic feet.

Driving Performance

While the Ford Flex is not the most nimble vehicle, with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 engine churning out 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, it gets the move on. The base engine, a naturally-aspirated version of Ford's 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 262 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, also does a dandy job of moving Flex's two-and-a-quarter tons.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the Ford Flex includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and rear parking sensors, while a rearview camera is optional.

Gas Mileage

SE, SEL FWD, Limited FWD: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
SEL AWD, SEL EcoBoost, Limited AWD, Limited EcoBoost: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Spacious interior
  • EcoBoost engine
  • Towing capability

Minuses

  • Heavy curb weight
  • Polarizing style

Rating

Big box SUV still flexing its muscles

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