Ford Flex

Introduced in 2009, the Ford Flex is a full-size crossover vehicle that provides an alternative to minivans and large SUVs. Manufactured to replace the Ford Freestar minivan and Ford Taurus X, it is the first crossover to feature SUV and minivan properties.

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About the Ford Flex

The Ford Flex, recognized by its boxy exterior and unique styling, offers up to seven passengers a comfortable ride, and provides plenty of room for cargo storage. This is not your mother’s minivan. The 2012 Ford Flex is designed for style, roominess, comfort, and safety.

The Ford Flex’s unique design offers many features that drivers may find attractive. The exterior is striking. Beginning with the grooves on the body sides, the Ford Flex’s linear appeal is evident. The black vertical window pillars, when combined with the privacy glass on the second and third row windows, give a unified appearance to the vehicle. The roof can be white, two-toned in White Suede or Ingot Silver, or the multi-paneled glass Vista, drawing attention to the Flex’s exterior styling. The black roof rack rails provide contrast against the roofline and enable owners to take advantage of additional cargo space. Even the EasyFuel capless fuel filler is innovative, allowing drivers to fill the tank and keep their hands clean.

The 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost, twin turbocharged, direct-injection engine offers improved power and performance. Available on the Limited and Titanium models, the engine, when combined with the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle activation, rates fuel economy at 16/22 mpg city/highway.

Ford Flex Features

The 2012 Ford Flex is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission in the base SE model. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is optional. Gas estimates for the front-wheel drive 2012 Ford Flex (with the standard engine and transmission) are 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is good for a large crossover vehicle.

The SE includes 17-inch painted wheels with P235/60R17 all-season tires. Its 201.8-inch length makes an impressive statement on the road. AdvanceTrac with roll stability control also comes standard. The reverse sensing system can alert drivers if there is an object nearby when the car backs up, helping to prevent fender benders in parking lots or tight parking situations. Full curtain airbags offer protection for all passengers in the second and third rows.

MyKey, standard on all Ford vehicles since 2010, lets parents configure a key for their adolescent or young adult drivers. Chimes sound if seat belts are not fastened or if they exceed a pre-defined speed limit. MyKey also lets a parent control the maximum stereo volume. These features increase a parent’s peace of mind when their younger drivers use the vehicle.

Power steering and all-wheel, power anti-lock brakes also come standard. Independent front and rear suspension improves handling. The 2010 Ford Flex includes many standard features that other vehicles offer as options.

The interior of the 2012 Ford Flex is roomy, offering above average leg room for all passengers, even those in third row seating. Cloth first and second row seats are standard. The six-way power driver seat and two-way front passenger seat offer the optimum in comfort and control. The front passenger seat back folds flat; when the second and third row seat backs are also folded flat, long items can be hauled inside the vehicle. The 60/40 second row split-fold bench seat has a power release feature and a center pull down armrest with cup holders. An optional 40/40 reclining fold-flat seat is available. Third row seating consists of a 50/50 fold-flat bench seat.

In terms of upgrades, the SEL model features the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission found on the SE. Options include 18-inch machined aluminum wheels and P235/60R18 all-season tires. Dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a voice-activated Sync system (Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, and iPod/USB interface) come standard. Heated front seats with an eight-way power driver seat and a six-way power front passenger seat offer easy comfort.

The Limited model features 19-inch polished alloy wheels, a power tailgate, a driver memory system, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, leather upholstery on the first two seating rows, a rear view camera, Sync, and a stereo with CD/DVD player. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine improves fuel economy while providing additional horsepower.

The Titanium model offers the EcoBoost engine and a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle controls as standard equipment, along with all-wheel drive and electronic power assisted steering. Twenty-inch luster nickel aluminum wheels, leather-trimmed seats with suede inserts, a black painted roof and black chrome grille are all standard equipment on the Titanium model.

Ford Flex Evolution

Ford introduced the Flex model in 2009. In 2010, the company released the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine, offering improved fuel economy and power. In addition, a telescoping steering wheel entered the design, and the SEL began offering Sync as standard equipment. Later, in 2011, Ford introduced the Titanium model.

Select a Ford Flex Year

2012 Ford Flex

SUV, Utility/Offroad


For 2012, The Flex received minor changes. New for 2012 are roof rack side rails, EcoBoost engine available for the Limited and Titanium models, the rear windshield wiper is now center-mounted, and the second row bench on the Limited and Titanium now includes a center armrest with two cupholders. Also, Ford now offers five new colors for the 2012 Flex: Ginger Ale Metallic, Cinnamon Metallic, Black, Mineral Gray Metallic, and Dark Blue Pearl Metallic.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $17,926

MPG
16-24
Seats
7

2011 Ford Flex

SUV, Utility/Offroad


""If it's not broke, don't fix it"" could well be the slogan for the 2011 Ford Flex.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $16,338

MPG
16-24
Seats
7

2010 Ford Flex

SUV, Utility/Offroad


The big news for the 2010 Ford Flex is the addition of the powerful EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V-6. Additionally, the Flex receives the Active Park Assist self-parallel-parking system as an option on range-topping Limited models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $15,402

MPG
16-24
Seats
7

2009 Ford Flex

SUV, Utility/Offroad


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,315

MPG
16-24
Seats
7

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