At first sight the Ford Flex 2019 is a large automobile car.
But personally I like the exterior design and its interior, which is spacious, flexible and easy to set up for passengers and cargo.
The car is quite powerful due to the 3.5-liter V6 producing 287 horsepower and 420 Newtons of torque per meter, so the car is quite competitive in the segment of traditional three-row SUVs.
There are seven seats inside the Flex, and you can load a lot of cargo by folding the seat backs as needed. With a turbocharged engine, the Flex can pull a serious load that is 2.5 times its weight. And thanks to the reasonable height of the road clearance and large windows around all passengers, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the street.
However, fuel economy is lower compared to competitors. The latest advanced driver safety features are available, but only in the most expensive configurations. And the Flex interior design, while functional, lacks the most modern styles and materials that modern cars have.
Standard features for the SE trim include 17-inch wheels, rear Parking sensors, heated side mirrors, rear safety glass, Keyless start, auto-dimming rear view mirror, leather-covered steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver’s seat (with manual tilt), folding second and third row seats, etc.
However, steering and braking leave much to be desired. In general, the Flex is not as pleasant or easy to manage as some new competitors.
When it comes to acceleration, the Flex is a great performer of the driver’s will, especially with the affordable EcoBoostV6. With this engine, the Flex accelerates to 100 kilometers per hour in 6.2 seconds, which is faster than any other crossover or minivan. The brake pedal has a large stroke and is almost not felt. The brakes, however, are very effective.
Like the brakes, the steering is very competent. But it doesn’t give enough feedback to the driver.
The six-speed automatic transmission shifts slowly up or down, and the V6 engine doesn’t pick up speed very quickly. This powertrain is strong at maximum rpm, but less impressive in normal driving situations.
The Flex rides hard on small cracks, especially when equipped with extra 20-inch wheels. When driving on uneven asphalt, passengers experience more jolts than other crossovers.
The Flex front seat cushions are flat. There is no support for long-distance driving, and short-back rear seats may be inconvenient for taller passengers. In the second row there is enough space for passengers, and the third – for adults of average height.
Front visibility is excellent, with a good understanding of where the long trunk ends. Rear visibility is improved by the camera, but even without it, you would feel comfortable. Large side mirrors provide good coverage of the entire rear area of the car.
|EPA Classification||Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD|
|MPG/MPGe||23 Highway / 16 City|
|Engine||Regular Unleaded V-6 3.5L/213 cu in|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
Starting MSRP $30,575.00
Destination Charge $1,095.00
Dealer Suggested Retail $31,670.00
While other Fords now use physical buttons, the older Flex retains annoying and often accidentally pressed touch controls for climate and sound settings.
- Spacious interior.
- Inconvenient control of the touch screen.