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2016 SE 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $29,710
2016 SEL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,410
2016 SEL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,360
2016 Limited 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,910
2016 Limited 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $39,860
2016 Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,710

Overview

The Ford Flex seems to qualify as a modern-day cult vehicle. Owners love it, most reviewers love it, yet sales have been slow from the start. That's not the car's fault. This big, distinctive seven-seater mixes hefty doses of comfort, practicality, unique design, and solid driving characteristics. In a market full of conformist crossovers, often dressed up to appear off-road ready, the Flex makes an unmistakable statement about living in the real world with a sense of style.

What's New for 2016

New for the 2016 model year, a Flex Appearance Package includes black door handles, window sills, roof, and grille, as well as 20-inch wheels. SEL and Limited trim levels get Ford’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system with conversational voice recognition, which promises markedly improved operation, an intuitive touchscreen, and a more understandable interface compared to the previous setup. Otherwise, little has changed apart from three new color choices.

Ford Flex

Choosing Your Ford Flex

Ford’s Flex is available in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. Standard powertrain for each is a 3.5-liter V6, which develops 287 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, driving the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available on the SEL and Limited. In addition, the Limited with all-wheel drive can be equipped with an EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 that cranks out 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet. The standard V6 provides plenty of power for everyday driving duties, while a Limited with the EcoBoost motor could almost qualify as a clandestine muscle car.

Fuel economy is nothing to boast about, estimated at 16 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway with the standard engine. All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 16/22 mpg, while EcoBoost is estimated at 15/21 mpg (city/highway). Standard equipment for every Flex includes a rearview camera and sensors to detect obstacles while backing up. Optional active park assist uses ultrasonic sensors to locate a parallel parking space, and can then steer the Flex into position as the driver operates the gas and brake pedals.

Ford Flex

SE

Starting at $29,600, the base version has an equipment level that’s best described as adequate. Luxury touches are lacking, with few extras available. Standard are air conditioning, a power driver’s seat, CD player, SiriusXM satellite radio capability, SYNC with MyFord, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Ford Flex

SEL

Stepping up to the SEL costs $2,700 more, but includes dual-zone automatic temperature control, foglamps, heated power front seats, keyless entry with pushbutton start, SYNC 3 infotainment, and 18-inch wheels. You also get access to more options, from all-wheel drive, a trailer package, and DVD entertainment to leather seat upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, and adjustable pedals.

Ford Flex

Limited

As expected, the top trim level piles on standard features such as HID headlights and a 12-speaker Sony sound system, while making even more options available, including adaptive cruise control and cooled front seats. Each Limited has blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a power liftgate, perforated leather-trimmed seats, and 19-inch wheels.

CarsDirect Tip

A midlevel SEL makes sense for most customers -- not much more costly than the SE with its basic feature set, but well short of the Limited’s price. The SEL deserves careful consideration from families in need of serious interior space, who also appreciate a distinctive look. The Limited starts at $37,800, but the sticker price could approach $50,000 if the buyer isn't careful with the order form. Even so, a serious argument can be made that a well-equipped Flex is worth the high tab.

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Expert Review

Expert Rating
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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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When Ford launched the defiantly big and boxy Flex as a 2009 model, the company claimed that it “dares to be different.” At a time when curves counted, the Flex was all straight edges. Having changed little, the three-row Flex is still one of the most distinctive crossover vehicles around. Sales have been slow, but buyers can expect comfort as well as practicality, augmented by surprisingly enjoyable driving characteristics.

Pricing and Equipment

Starting at $29,600 (plus destination charge) for an entry-level SE model, the Flex also is available in SEL and Limited trim. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine makes 287 horsepower, while a 365-horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 is available in the Limited edition. Both engines mate with a six-speed automatic transmission. For 2016, a Sync 3 infotainment interface is used in upper trim levels.

Our test-drive report features the Flex SEL.

Standard Flex SEL equipment includes:

  • Rearview camera
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated power front seats
  • Keyless entry and pushbutton start
  • Sync 3 infotainment interface
  • Reverse sensors
  • Eighteen-inch wheels

SEL options include all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, adjustable pedals, DVD entertainment, and a trailer-tow package.

Performance Pros

Ford Flex
  • Response from the twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6, with its 365 horsepower, is simply stunning, while earning EPA fuel-economy estimates of only 15/21 mpg (city/highway).
  • Ride comfort scores high, as the Flex suspension absorbs most trouble spots. In addition, a Flex handles quite well, more like a smaller wagon than a crossover or SUV.
  • Quiet running and smooth engine response melds with barely noticeable automatic-transmission shifts. All-wheel drive is available, though only for the two upper trim levels.

Performance Cons

  • Abundant dimensions inevitably affect maneuverability, including parking ease. Determining just where the wheels are takes a certain amount of guesswork.
  • Fuel economy leans toward the dismal side, regardless of engine.

Interior Pros

Ford Flex
  • Front headroom ranks as massive. Head space is also huge in row two, and seats actually feel more comfortable in the back than up front. Even the center rear position, though low-set, isn't bad.
  • The low cowl provides a fine view of the road ahead.
  • Not many vehicles exhibit such a practical and sensible interior layout, giving all six or seven occupants a sense of airness.

Interior Cons

  • Short driver’s seat bottoms aren’t exactly rarities nowadays, but the one in the Flex is shorter than most—odd, isn’t it, for such a large vehicle?
  • Instruments are surprisingly small. So is the central video screen, for that matter.
  • Lax seat bolstering could almost allow a passenger to slide past the barrier, if a leather-upholstered Flex were driven over-aggressively through curves or corners.
  • Upper trim levels have switched to the contemporary Sync 3 infotainment interface, but the oft-criticized MyFord Touch (now called MyFord) still goes into the SE dashboard.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Space. That’s right: just plain, simple interior space, whether used mainly for passengers or luggage. On that score alone, a Flex is hard to beat.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Being big and boxy has its drawbacks, especially when you’re trying to park in a normal-size space. May as well expect to be a frequent customers at the local gas station, too. Even if you select the base engine and front-drive, the EPA estimate is a mere 16 mpg in city driving and 23 mpg on the highway.

The Bottom Line

Because the standard 287-horsepower Flex engine responds with surprising strength, paying a hefty premium for a Limited with the twin-turbo V6 is utterly unnecessary. Best choice is the midlevel SEL, which can be fitted with all-wheel drive—invariably a wise choice for owners in the snowbelt.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 287 HP / 254 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 287 HP / 254 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
18.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$71
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
83.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
156 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
201.8 "
Exterior Width
75.9 "
Exterior Height
68.0 "
Front Headroom
41.8 "
Rear Headroom
40.5 "
Front Legroom
40.8 "
Rear Legroom
44.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,439 Lbs.
Wheel Base
118 "
Turning Radius
20.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
8-way (6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
8-way (6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Securilock
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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