Ford Flex

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2019 Ford Flex Ratings & Reliability
The boxy Flex combines SUV-like versatility with almost carlike driving dynamics. The interior has plenty of storage bins and cubicles, and provides room for seven passengers in three rows. Plus, the Flex's shipping-container shape works well for carrying large cargo. Rear visibility is hampered by the large head restraints. Handling is not particularly nimble, but the ride is comfortable and the cabin remains quiet. The base 3.5-liter V6 gets just 18 mpg overall. Choosing the turbo V6 gives drivers quicker acceleration at a cost of only 1 mpg. The Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to use. The Flex will be phased out soon.
2013 Redesign Year
Ford Flex 2018
The 2013 Flex update brought the addition of variable cam timing to the 3.5-liter V6. This bumps horsepower from 262 to 287. A self-parking system, capable of easily and accurately slotting the Flex into a tight parallel parking space, is offered as an option. Overall, the Flex rides well and is commendably quiet. Rear-seat room is cavernous, with a usable third-row seat and generous cargo space. But handling is clumsy and a large turning circle, along with limited rear visibility, hampers maneuverability. Antilock brakes and ESC are standard, collision warning and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert are optional.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $18,275 - $24,600 $16,420 - $22,620
2017 $17,150 - $25,100 $14,420 - $23,120
2016 $15,275 - $22,125 $12,500 - $20,100
2015 $12,500 - $19,025 $9,780 - $16,980
2014 $11,425 - $15,475 $8,660 - $12,460
2013 $9,675 - $13,250 $6,935 - $10,285
2009 Redesign Year
Ford Flex 2012
The Flex has defied classification since its introduction. The model combines minivan-like versatility with station wagon looks, an SUV profile, and car-like driving dynamics. The exceptionally open cabin seats seven adults comfortably and its second-row seats are about the most spacious you'll find. Meanwhile, dual rear-seat sunroofs let in lots of light. The standard 3.5-liter V6, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, isn't the most refined powertrain. However, it pulls well and gets 17 mpg overall. The optional EcoBoost V6 delivers effortless power and the same fuel economy. The ride is comfortable and quiet. The Flex also has very good fit and finish. Among our gripes; the driver's footwell is a little cramped from the left, the cockpit feels narrow, and the MyFord Touch control interface is both complicated and distracting.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2012 $8,175 - $12,500 $5,490 - $9,540
2011 $7,125 - $11,375 $4,440 - $8,440
2010 $6,050 - $8,600 $3,390 - $5,790
2009 $4,975 - $7,000 $2,385 - $4,285