The Ford Flex is one of the hardest vehicles to classify on the road today. It's not quite an SUV or a station wagon and it fulfills a role similar to that of a minivan, yet fails to fall into that category as well. In reality, it's an amalgam of all three of those segments, providing the best of all worlds. Unfortunately for Ford, this hasn't translated into a sales success. Still, the Flex soldiers on into 2018, after almost 10 years of production.
What's New for 2018
There have been no significant changes for 2018.
Choosing Your Ford Flex
Despite the Flex's poor sales, it's a solid choice for someone who wants a practical vehicle that can carry seven people and a bunch of stuff. The interior is cavernous, and it's easily equipped to become one of the best road-tripping vehicles on the market. The design may be polarizing, but those who love it tend to really love it.
The Flex is available with two different V6 engines: the base level 3.5-liter V6 produces 287 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque and an optional twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 available on the top Limited trim with all-wheel drive that puts out 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Neither of these engines are particularly fuel efficient, attaining its best rating of 16 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway for the base engine with front-wheel drive; other powertrain configurations are slightly worse.
All-wheel drive is available on the SEL and Limited trims, and adds $1,950 to the cost.
The Ford Flex may be getting long in the tooth, but it still fills a niche that isn't directly filled by anything else. The best value lies with the SEL, which can be well optioned yet still cost less than the higher limited trim. Also, because the Flex doesn't sell well, keep an eye out for factory incentives that can bring the cost down considerably.