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2013 Ford Flex

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2013 Ford Flex Review

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Vehicle Overview

The 2013 Ford Flex full-size crossover offers seating for up to seven passengers, and is a great alternative choice to a minivan. Available in three models, the SE, SEL, and Limited, the Flex is powered by either a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 287 horsepower and gets 18/25 mpg city/highway, or a turbocharged version with 365 horsepower and 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

In a late 2012 road test, the 2013 Ford Flex brought with it comfort and versatility, without the stigma of a minivan. It delivered the capacity to haul the same amount of passengers, with more standout exterior styling. However, when on the highway, getting to speed and passing was difficult. "The transmission was slow to respond, and the shift-your-own button placed on the corner of the shift lever is mostly to select lower gears for hilly driving or towing." The Ford Flex has brought back the idea of the station wagon, but has developed on the idea to make it more modern and attractive.

Standard features for the 2013 Ford Flex SE include automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors, front seat manual lumbar adjustment, leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel, Sync, and a six-speaker sound system. The SEL adds heated mirrors, foglamps, heated front seats, satellite radio, MyFord Touch, an enhanced Ford Sync, and enhanced steering control wheels. The top-of-the-line Limited furthers the list of standard features and adds xenon headlights, LED taillights, power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, blind spot warning, power-adjustable pedals, wood trimmed steering wheel, rearview camera, navigation, and a 12-speaker Sony sound system.

New for 2013

The 2013 Ford Flex has new exterior styling, a redesigned instrument cluster, steering wheel, and seat trim. The Titanium model has been dropped from the lineup, and three exterior colors have also been added.

You'll Like:

  • Easy access to the third row
  • Available turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive

You Won't Like:

  • Expensive with all options
  • Less cargo room than some competitors
  • MyFord Touch

Key Competitors:

  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Dodge Durango
  • Toyota Sienna

See the New 2015 Flex.

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