Bob Long
Automotive Editor - June 13, 2014

2014 Ford Flex OVERVIEW

The style of the Ford Flex has always been somewhat polarizing. While California has embraced its retro chic, the Flex hasn't been as popular in other parts of the country. Which is too bad: This crossover has many of the pros you'll find in a wagon, a minivan or an SUV, and few of the cons.

The Flex is not meant for off-roading or serious towing; rather, it's designed to haul people and cargo in a car-like package.

What's New for 2014

After last year's facelift, along with some mechanical and equipment upgrades, the Flex sees only minimal changes, like new colors.

2014 Ford Flex Glam

Choosing Your Ford Flex

Standard across the line is front-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission. The most important factor in your Flex choice is trim level:


Don't look for lots of standard extras on the base model. There aren't many options, either -- you can't have all-wheel drive, automatic climate control or leather upholstery, for instance. But for families who want maximum utility at a low price, the SE offers good entry-level value.


The SEL doesn't add much to the standard features list, but it unlocks access to a wide spectrum of options and option packages. If you need all-wheel drive or the tow package, this is the lowest level at which you can get it.


A top-of-line Flex is substantially more expensive than the SE and SEL, but comes with standard features like a power liftgate and HID headlights. Opting for a Limited is also the only way to access an optional 365-horsepower EcoBoost engine and an automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

CarsDirect Tip

We like everything about the Limted, but it can get expensive. Most families will find what they're looking for in an SEL with well-chosen options.

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