2018 Ford FlexSE 4dr Front-wheel Drive

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CITY

14.7

Litres / 100 Kms
HWY

10.2

Flex is otherwise quiet, with little wind or road noise penetrating into the cabin.
- Consumer Guide
Inside and out, the Flex is dazzling. Panel gaps, paint, surface textures-all are superb.
- Car and Driver
The horizontal graining on the dash and door-panel inserts looks like it might have been diverted from becoming a Louis Vuitton Epi Leather handbag or wallet.
- Motor Trend

The Ford Flex is a full-size family vehicle that features three rows of seating, distinctive styling, and a high degree of functionality. The Flex competes directly in the popular crossover segment.

The Flex is offered in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations, with three trim levels - SE, SEL and Limited. Power is supplied by either a 287-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine, or a 365-hp 3.5-liter twin turbo EcoBoost V6; both are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and available paddle shifters. Trim-dependent standard equipment includes: 19-inch aluminum wheels, power liftgate, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery and Intelligent Access with push-button start, along with satellite/HD radio, smartphone integration, voice-activated navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen display and Ford's SYNC communications and entertainment system. Safety features found on every Flex include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, traction control and a rearview camera, as well as six airbags; Limited trims are also outfitted with a Blind Spot Information System and Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Ford Flex carries over unchanged for 2018.

Introduction

Introduced for the 2009 model year and facelifted for 2013, Ford's sizable, defiantly squared-off crossover continues to stand apart from the crowd.The futuristic, space-age design isn't quite as distinctive as it used to be, but the Ford Flex remains a practical, family-friendly utility vehicle.

The 2018 Ford Flex is a carryover, with little change evident from 2017.

2018 Flex SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels offer a choice of two V6 engines:

Standard is the long-lived 3.5-liter V6, rated at 287 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque and paired with Ford's familiar 6-speed automatic transmission.With front-wheel drive, the base engine serves well enough.Because the Flex is no lightweight, optional all-wheel drive extracts quite a bit of its performance potential.

Optional is an Ecoboost twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that develops 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet, also working with a 6-speed automatic.All-wheel drive is standard on a Limited with the optional EcoBoost engine, adding $8,200 to the retail price of a regular front-wheel-drive Limited with the standard engine.

Three-row seating is standard, providing seven-passenger capacity.At 117.9 inches, the Flex wheelbase is almost 7 inches longer than that of a Honda Pilot.

Ford offers some valuable active-safety technology for the Flex, but most features are optional, and only for the most costly trim levels.The Limited model, for instance, comes with blind-spot monitoring.Adding forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, coupled with adaptive cruise control and a power-folding third-row seat, means paying $2,900 additional.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Flex Good scores for most crash-tests, with an Acceptable rating in the challenging small-overlap frontal-impact test.

All Flex crossovers have a rearview camera.Also standard is a system that can apply front braking to the outside wheel, intended to provide a more secure feeling when zipping through corners.

Ford's optional MyKey system lets parents set limits on a youngster's driving habits.MyKey can restrict vehicle speed, stereo volume, and various entertainment features.Additional Flex options include a panoramic sunroof, second-row captain's chairs, a power-folding third-row seat, a heated steering wheel, and a towing package.

Lineup

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.

Walkaround

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

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.

Driving Impression

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.

Summary

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.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio/Video Remote ControlYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
headsets2
In-Dash CDSingle
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotSYNC
Memory Card SlotSYNC
MP3 playerYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeather/chrome
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet4
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringElectric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
3rd Row Head Room982 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,044 mm
3rd Row Leg Room846 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,290 mm
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).36 cD
Front Head Room1,061 mm
Front Hip Room1,410 mm
Front Leg Room1,036 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,483 mm
Front track1,661 mm
Overall height1,726 mm
Overall Length5,125 mm
Overall Width1,928 mm
Rear Head Room1,029 mm
Rear Hip Room1,398 mm
Rear Leg Room1,125 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,476 mm
Rear track1,661 mm
Wheelbase2,994 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.39
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.30 : 1
Cylinders6
Displacement213 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power287 hp
Max RPM6,500 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size3.5 L
Torque345 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleChrome
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City14.7 L/100 km
Combined12.7L/100 km
Highway10.2 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Third row headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote, digital keypad power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingTumble forward
Rear heatWith separate controls
RecliningManual
TypeSplit-bench
Roof
Roof rackRails only
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
FoldingFold flat passenger
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
Satellite communications911 Assist
smart device integrationAppLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Third Row Seat
FoldingManual
Type50-50
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixP
Profile60
Speed RatingT
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size4.2"
Primary Video Monitor Size4.2"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront and rear
Video playerWith DVD
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance100,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place415 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,224 L
Curb weight2,028 kg
EPA interior volume4,412 L
Fuel Capacity70 L
Gross vehicle weight2,708 kg
Ground clearance150 mm
Max cargo capacity2,355 L
Towing Capacity907 kg
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter17
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Width7.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
A/V remote
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Entertainment system
Headphones
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Configurable
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Speed sensitive wipers
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Mode select transmission
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Manual driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
Ford CA Mobility Program
Flex
$1,000 Jan 2, 2019
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA - Delivery Allowance
Flex
$1,500 Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018
Ford CA SUV Leadership Bonus
Flex
$1,000 Apr 30, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Ford CA Standard APR
All SUVs
N/A N/A 5.99% 5.99% 5.99% N/A Dec 31, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA Finance Rates
Flex
N/A 0% 0% 0% 0.99% N/A Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
Ford CA Standard RCL
All SUVs
8.19% 8.19% 8.19% N/A N/A N/A Dec 31, 2018
Ford CA Residuals
Flex SE FWD
40% 33% 27% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
Ford CA RCL Rates
Flex
0.99% 0.99% 1.99% N/A N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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