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  • William Kinton
    Automotive Editor - January 18, 2018

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    16 City / 22 Highway

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    2018 Ford Flex OVERVIEW

    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.

    Ford Flex

    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 SE trim is the base level trim for the Flex, starting at $31,190 including $995 destination fee. It is equipped with cloth seats (power-adjustable on the driver's side), 17-inch wheels, and rear bumper parking sensors, but not much else. There's a simple display audio system, along with USB connectivity. The only available option at this trim level is inflatable second row seat belts for $195.


    The SEL offers much more for $33,895, with Ford's latest SYNC 3 infotainment system, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and fog lamps now standard. It also opens the door to all-wheel drive, as well as more options and equipment groups. The 202A Equipment Group rings up at $2,400 and has the biggest impact on the Flex SEL, adding a seven-speaker audio system, blind-spot monitoring, leather upholstery, a power liftgate, and a memory function for the driver's seat.

    A $1,495 Appearance Package adds numerous blacked-out exterior elements (grille, mirror caps, etc.), along with black wheels and a black contrasting roof. Standalone options include an innovative glass roof system that bathes all three rows in natural light for $1,595. Navigation is a $795 option. Each of these options requires the 202A Equipment Group.


    The Limited trim starts at $39,395 and adds much of the optional gear from the SEL, including leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, and navigation. On top of those features, the Limited boasts HID headlights. Its big draw, though, is the available twin-turbocharged V6. The brawnier engine is a $3,350 option that comes with 20-inch wheels but also requires all-wheel drive and the 301A Equipment Group, making its effective price $8,200.

    That 301A Equipment Group adds $2,900 to the price tag and outfits the Flex with adaptive cruise control, an automatic parallel parking system, a power third-row seat, and a heated steering wheel with power tilt/telescoping functions. The driver and passenger seats also get heating and cooling functions. The Appearance Package on the Limited is only $495 while the glass roof's price is unchanged.

    CarsDirect Tip

    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.

    Get your price on a Ford Flex »

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