- 287 hp horsepower
- 3.5 liter V6 DOHC engine
- 4 Doors
- 4-wheel ABS brakes
- 8-way power adjustable drivers seat
- Air conditioning with dual zone climate control
- All-wheel drive
- Audio controls on steering wheel
- Automatic Transmission
- Clock - In-radio display
- Driver memory seats
- External temperature display
- Front fog/driving lights
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 23 and EPA city (mpg): 17
- Head airbags - Curtain 1st 2nd and 3rd row
- Heated drivers seat
- Heated passenger seat
- Interior air filtration
- Leather seats
- Memory settings for 2 drivers
- Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate remote engine start
- Navigation system - With voice activation
- Passenger Airbag
- Power Activated Trunk/Hatch - Power liftgate
- Power door locks
- Power heated mirrors
- Power windows with 1 one-touch
- Rear air conditioning - With separate controls
- Rear wiper
- Stability control - Stability control with anti-roll
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Traction control - ABS and driveline
- Trip computer
- Universal remote transmitter
- Xenon headlights
The Ford Flex is offered in SE, SEL and Limited models. Base SE models are front-wheel drive, while SEL and Limited models have a choice between front- and all-wheel drive. Separately, at the top of the lineup, is the all-wheel-drive-only Limited EcoBoost model.
Most of the Flex lineup is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that makes 287 hp and 254 pound-feet of torque. The top-of-the-line Limited EcoBoost model instead has a 3.5L turbocharged V6, making 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque--essentially the output of a V8. Both engines are hooked up to a smooth-shifting and responsive 6-speed automatic transmission. Models with the base engine and front-wheel drive return 18 mpg city, 25 highway, while the top EcoBoost model returns 16/23 mpg.
The Flex shares some of its underpinnings with the Ford Taurus sedan, and it drives more like a car than a truck, even though it does have the somewhat taller seating position of a utility vehicle. A round of improvements last year brought better-responding electric power steering, along with improved braking and brake-pedal feel--as well as improved noise insulation. The Flex also comes with Torque Vectoring Control and Curve Control technology, imitating the effect of a limited-slip differential and making cornering feel more responsive.
The Flex's big and boxy exterior pays off inside, with three rows of seating, including a rearmost row that's doable for adults. The interior features two seats in each row, for a comfortable capacity of six. Additionally, the second and third rows can fold, for a total of 83 cubic feet of space behind the front seats.
Optional features of note include inflatable second-row seat belts, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support, and the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert--a system that might help you avoid an accident in the first place.
Also available is MyFord Touch, a touch-screen-based system that helps connect smartphones and media devices and serves as a go-to-point for media, climate controls, navigation, and other vehicle controls. Most tasks can be performed several different ways--by using the screen menus, steering-wheel buttons and voice controls.
Standard equipment on the base SE includes SecuriLock keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering-wheel adjustment, a 6-speaker sound system, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth and Sync, a USB input and multi-purpose MyFord display. SEL models step up to fog lamps, 18-inch painted alloy wheels, black heated folding side mirrors, bright stainless trim, dual-zone climate control, a universal garage-door opener and MyFord Touch. The Limited piles on more luxuries, with 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, HID headlamps, a satin aluminum grille, body-color mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, chrome door handles, a power liftgate, voice-operated navigation, heated perforated leather seats, remote start, power-adjustable pedals and 17-speaker premium Sony sound with HD Radio.
An Appearance Package available on either Limited or SEL models spruces up the look even more, with a two-tone black roof and black mirrors, plus 20-inch machined alloy wheels, unique door-trim panels, leather seats and other upgrades.
There are no changes to the Flex for the 2014 model year.