The Ford Flex is the only game in town, if you want a smooth, fast, comfortable, safe, and roomy full-size utility vehicle that seats seven and isn't a crossover or SUV. It's got the latest technology and available options, and is available with all-wheel drive to take you anywhere. Like they used to say, Ford has a better idea.
Sam Moses filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report from Portland, Oregon, after his test drive of the Ford Flex lineup.
Model Line Overview
Ford Flex SE FWD ($30,885); SEL FWD ($33,225); SEL AWD ($35,175); Limited AWD EcoBoost ($39,230)
dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, safety canopy airbags with rollover sensor, front passenger sensing system, driver seat position sensing system, crash severity sensing system, up-down adjustable head restraints for all passengers, LATCH system child-seat anchors and tethers, rear door child-safety locks, seatbelt pre-tensioners, load-limiting seatbelt retractors; AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC), ABS, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Torque Vectoring Control, Curve Control; wiper-activated automatic headlamp on-off switch, intermittent speed sensing windshield wipers, reverse sensing system, tire pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional):
inflatable rear seatbelts, radar adaptive cruise control, collision warning and brake support, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS); all-wheel drive
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Ford Flex Limited AWD ($43,850)
perforated leather-trimmed upholstery, chrome door handles, satin aluminum grille and liftgate trim, HID headlamps, LED taillamps, 110v power outlet, adjustable pedals with memory, ambient lighting, woodgrain instrument and door trim, BLIS blind spot monitoring system, HD radio, push-button start, power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, rearview camera, remote start, Sony 12-speaker audio system, voice-activated navigation system, cabin air filter, 10 cupholders and bottle holders, 60/40 flat-folding second row seats, 50/50 flat-folding third row seats, leather shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls and tilt/telescope adjustment, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system, foglamps, power heated mirrors, dual zone climate control, 10-way power driver seat and 6-way power passenger seat, MyFordTouch electronic controls with 8-inch LCD touch-screen, media hub with USB ports, input jacks, satellite radio, power windows, power locks, power mirrors
independent, MacPherson struts with L-shaped lower arms, stabilizer bar
independent, upper and lower control arms, stabilizer bar
ventilated disc/solid disc with four-channel ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of March 14, 2012.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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