2018 Ford Flex SUV

City mpg:
16
Highway mpg:
23

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Ford Flex SUV Overview

The standard features of the Ford Flex SE include 3.5L V-6 290hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, airbag childseat sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.

2018 Ford
Flex SUV

Starting at: $30,285

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 150mm (5.9")
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 4.2"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 7
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Manual driver lumbar support
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 290hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 254 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 92.5mm x 86.7mm (3.64" x 3.41")
  • Compression ratio - 10.30 to 1
  • Curb weight - 2,013kg (4,439lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,708kg (5,970lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 907kg (2,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,126mm (201.8")
  • Exterior body width - 1,928mm (75.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,727mm (68.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,995mm (117.9")
  • Turning radius - 6.2m (20.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,036mm (40.8")
  • Rear legroom - 1,125mm (44.3")
  • 3rd row legroom - 846mm (33.3")
  • Front headroom - 1,062mm (41.8")
  • Rear headroom - 1,029mm (40.5")
  • 3rd row headroom - 983mm (38.7")
  • Front hiproom - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,397mm (55.0")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,044mm (41.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,483mm (58.4")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,476mm (58.1")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,290mm (50.8")
  • Passenger volume - 4,412L (155.8 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 566 L (20 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,356 L (83 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 290hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Torque - 254 lb.-ft. @ 4,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 19mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 18.6gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 16mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 23mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Childseat sensing airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 235/60TR17.0
  • Rear tires - 235/60TR17.0
  • Wheel size - 17"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
SE 2018 Ford Flex SUV SE Search New $30,285   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
SEL 2018 Ford Flex SUV SEL Search New $32,995   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
SEL 2018 Ford Flex SUV SEL Search New $34,945   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Limited 2018 Ford Flex SUV Limited Search New $38,495   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 23  
Limited 2018 Ford Flex SUV Limited Search New $40,445   290-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  16 / 22  
Limited w/EcoBoost 2018 Ford Flex SUV Limited w/EcoBoost Search New $43,295   365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  15 / 21  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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Comfort heads the list of Flex benefits. Specifically, ride comfort. Overall, the suspension is effectively compliant, though a fast-moving Flex can bound a bit in tight corners. Even the available 20-inch wheels don’t mar its smooth ride quality.

Standing tall and riding high, the Flex comports itself well. Considering that a heavyweight Flex tips the scales at around 4,600 pounds, handling is significantly better than expected.

Steering feels crisp, with even effort throughout its range. Brakes have plenty of stopping power.

Acceleration is adequate with the standard 287-horsepower V6, helped by a fuss-free automatic transmission. Still, a bit more energy would be welcome. That’s the job of the more exuberant twin-turbo V6, optional on the Limited, which provides some lusty sounds as well lively response to the gas pedal. Paddle shifters are included with the EcoBoost engine.

In either configuration, Flex borders on fun to drive. Both engines do a credible job of handling the Flex’s heft.

Gas mileage is well below average, trailing several three-row rivals. Base models with front-wheel drive and a V6 are EPA-rated at 16/23 mpg City/Highway, or 19 mpg Combined. With all-wheel drive, the estimate dips to 16/22/18 mpg. The twin-turbo V6 version is EPA-rated at 15/21 mpg City/Highway, or 17 mpg Combined.

Walk Around

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Not many vehicles brandish a body that’s so idiosyncratic. In stark contrast to the battling curves that have served as the main trend for recent crossovers, the Flex relies almost solely on angles and dead-straight lines. The boxy profile is highlighted by a pattern of grooved ribs reaching down its flat bodysides. Roofs can be black or body-colored, and the front end has been likened to a computer’s USB port.

Hints of several other makes, from Mini Cooper to Range Rover, might be discerned when viewing a Flex. Still, taken in total, this Ford is in a league all its own.

Interior Overview

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More sedate than charming in its current form, the Flex cabin benefits from a simple and effective control layout, centering on a large touchscreen. Touch-sensitive controls, arranged in a stack, work efficiently. In base models, the standard infotainment screen measures only 4.3 inches.

Quiet operation adds to the premium feel of the Flex. Upper trim levels get leather seating surface in the front and second rows, along with a power liftgate.

Comfort and usable space score highly, thanks to the boxy profile. Headroom is especially appealing. Adults can expect excellent seat comfort in front and second rows, whether the latter has captain’s chairs or the standard fold-down bench. Amply-padded second-row seats can accommodate occupants who are quite tall.

Easing into the front seats is no problem, facing abundant knee and shoulder room. Side bolsters are soft, but effective.

Third-row seats are usable, too. For short treks, at least, even those tall riders can manage. For enhanced storage, the split rear seat folds in two matching sections. Cargo volume totals 20 cubic feet behind the third row, growing to 83 cubic feet if both the second- and third-row seatbacks are folded down.

Summary

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Despite its age, the Flex remains a solid competitor in the large family-vehicle category, helped by an impressive standard-feature list. While substituting for a minivan in utility, a Flex is priced more like a classy Lincoln. That’s almost logical, since the family-oriented Flex boasts a fair number of luxury-car touches. Advanced safety features are costly, too, offered mainly for Limited trim.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Flex SE ($30,300) has a 3.5-liter V6, 6-speed automatic, front-drive, three rows of seats, a second-row bench, Bluetooth-enabled and voice-controlled SYNC infotainment, 17-inch wheels, CD player, cloth seats, heated power mirrors, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. All-wheel drive is not available on the base model. (Prices do not include $895 destination charge.)

Flex SEL ($33,000) adds an 8.0-inch touchscreen, SYNC 3 infotainment, remote start, keyless ignition, heated power front seats, 18-inch wheels, woodgrain trim, and dual-zone automatic climate control. All-wheel drive adds $1,950.

Flex Limited ($38,510) gets 12-speaker Sony audio, perforated leather seat trim, power front seats with driver’s memory, navigation, power liftgate, 19-inch wheels, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. All-wheel drive adds $1,950.

Only the Limited is available with the optional twin-turbo, 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6 engine. Priced at $8,200 including all-wheel drive, the EcoBoost version has an MSRP of $45,105.

A $1,495 Limited appearance package adds Shadow Black exterior details, deluxe leather-trimmed seats, and 20-inch wheels.

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