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2017 Ford FlexSE 4dr Front-wheel Drive

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Flex is otherwise quiet, with little wind or road noise penetrating into the cabin.
- Consumer Guide
Inside and out, the Flex is dazzling. Panel gaps, paint, surface textures-all are superb.
- Car and Driver
The horizontal graining on the dash and door-panel inserts looks like it might have been diverted from becoming a Louis Vuitton Epi Leather handbag or wallet.
- Motor Trend

The Ford Flex is a full-size family vehicle that features three-rows of seating, bold styling and is highly functional. The Flex competes directly in the popular crossover segment.

The front-wheel or all-wheel drive Flex is powered by a 287-hp 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. Available on the all-wheel drive Limited only is the 365-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift, steering wheel shift paddles are added with the EcoBoost engine. Available features include a Multi-Panel Vista Roof, interior refrigerator, and DVD entertainment system. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and roll control, six airbags, tire pressure monitor, and a rearview camera.

For 2017, SYNC replaces SYNC with MyFord as standard on the SE trim, and three new paint colors are available.


The Ford Flex has been around for nearly a decade, and gone mostly unnoticed even though it was original and generally considered a good idea.It's like a small school bus that feels like a car but seats seven.

The 2017 Ford Flex is unchanged except two new colors.The Ford badge has been erased from the grille.It's just Flex, pasted on the nose.A lonely blue oval lingers, relegated to the lower right corner of the rear hatch, as if Ford is quietly waving bye-bye.

To be sure, the Flex doesn't carry that many more passengers than some crossovers, it just carries them more comfortably.The wheelbase of 118 inches is 8 inches longer than a Honda Pilot, but 1 inch shorter than a Chevy Traverse, and both the Pilot and Traverse have better third-row accommodations.The Flex focuses on second-row comfort and car-like driving dynamics.

Even as a 4600-pound school bus, the Flex is almost fun to drive, thanks largely to two good engines.The base 3.5-liter V6 makes 288 horsepower, and with a 6-speed automatic it does the job, although we wouldn't exactly call it quick.It's front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available.

The optional engine comes from the potent Taurus SHO.It's a turbocharged V6 making 365 horsepower, also with a 6-speed automatic, with paddle shifters.It only comes with all-wheel drive.

With the base engine and front-wheel drive, the Flex gets 16 miles per gallon city, 23 highway, and 19 combined, according to the EPA ratings.That's about 2 mpg less than the three-row Hyundai Santa Fe and 3 mpg less than the Honda Pilot.The Flex turbo V6 with all-wheel drive gets 15/21/17 mpg.

The NHTSA hasn't crash tested the Flex, and the IIHS gives it mostly Good scores except for an Acceptable in the difficult small overlap crash test.All Flexes have Curve Control and torque vectoring, systems that combine with the electronic stability control to help the Flex corner better.

Six airbags are standard, as is a rearview camera.Advanced safety features, such as forward collision warning and blind-spot monitors, are available on higher models.Ford's MyKey system is also available; it allows owners (parents) to set limits on the speed, as well as entertainment features like stereo volume.Ford should market that system for the house.


The 2017 Ford Flex comes in SE ($29,710), SEL ($32,410), and Limited ($37,910).Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.

Standard equipment includes power windows, mirrors, and locks; three-row seating, Ford's SYNC infotainment system with a 4.3-inch screen and Bluetooth; rearview camera; 17-inch wheels; and fabric upholstery.

SEL models add 18-inch wheels, SYNC3 infotainment system with 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, keyless ignition, remote start, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, and wood trim.

Limited models add 19-inch wheels, leather seats, 12-speaker Sony sound system, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, power liftgate, and upgraded interior materials.

If you want front collision warning and adaptive cruise control, add a $2900 package.And appearance option includes 20-inch wheels with a black roof, door handles, grille, and window sills.There's also a heated steering wheel, power folding rear seats, panoramic sunroof, trailer-prep tow package, and second-row captain's chairs.


Even if the Flex goes away, its profile and styling will be remembered, and probably even reborn in some other vehicle, not necessarily a Ford.It works, even if there isn't a great demand for it.We see a space-age surf wagon.

We also see some British in the sides of the Flex: part Range Rover, part Mini Cooper.And we see some 1960s Ford Fairlane and Country Squire wagon, without the faux woody.


The Flex shows its age in the cabin, with dated styling.It hasn't changed much since 2008, except for a revision of the centerstack and slight upgrade to materials.The instrument panel is low.The Flex clearly, if lightly, copies the Mini dash that was all the rage back then.The centerstack houses the large SYNC3 touchscreen interface on SEL and Limited models, along with capacitive touch controls for climate and audio.

The fit and finish are good, with soft materials and upholstery in front that feel luxury grade, at least in the SEL and Limited.And it's fairly quiet inside, after sound deadening material was added in 2013.

But it's still mostly about passenger comfort and space: seven people and 20 cubic feet behind the third row.With wide door openings and a tall roof, it's easy to climb inside.Long windows keep the interior bright; anything else would make the Flex feel like a cargo van.

The front and second-row seats are wide and comfortable; in fact they're a pleasure.The second row is a 60/40 that seats three and folds easily and quickly; optional captain's chairs seat two for six-passenger seating capacity.The Flex's Volvo roots show (back in 2008, Ford owned Volvo) in the second row, where there's more headroom and legroom than many crossovers.

The third row is 50/50 that seats two and folds easily.Not only that, but we put a 6-foot, 6-inch editor back there, and he emerged smiling with his knees still working.The seat isn't padded as well as the second row, but it's fine for short trips.The tall roof means passengers have to bend less to get back there, although it's still not as tall as a minivan.

With both the second and third rows folded, there's 83 cubic feet of space, which is 20 cubic feet less than the Traverse and just a bit less than the Pilot.


We wouldn't expect a car with the dimensions and weight of the Flex to be fun to drive, but it is relatively so, thanks to clever engineering and suspension black magic that minimizes the effort to move 4600 pounds around highways, towns, and parking lots.The Flex feels like a wagon, with fairly crisp steering and a compliant ride that only gets bouncy if you drive too fast in tight corners.

The electric power steering, hard-mounted to the chassis subframe, has a quick ratio.The steering loads up predictably, and there's even a little feel of the road coming through.

The brakes have been improved with more surface area, a larger master cylinder, and sharper booster tuning, to give a stronger bite and more feel to the pedal.

The good powertrains deserve some credit for making the Flex stress-free.The base V6 brings 288 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque, enough to make acceleration adequate, while the 6-speed automatic shifts with grace.We've found that it performs best with simple front-wheel drive, because of the extra 200 pounds that comes with the all-wheel drive.If you need AWD, go for the V6 turbo that makes 365 horsepower.

That all-wheel-drive system is quite smart, with sensors that measure yaw, steering angle, and throttle.They work with the paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission, which won't upshift when you're in a corner or climbing a hill.But if you ease off the throttle it will upshift.

Final Word

The Flex has eminent charm, if you have the need.There's no other vehicle quite like it.It's a pure people-mover.With all-wheel drive and a hot turbocharged V6 with paddle shifters, it's worthy of respect; and with the black appearance kit, it takes a step deeper into its own world.But it's not cheap.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Driving Impression



ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio/Video Remote ControlYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Door trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeather/chrome
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet4
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringElectric power steering
Remote trunk releasePower
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
3rd Row Head Room982 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,044 mm
3rd Row Leg Room846 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,290 mm
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).36 cD
Front Head Room1,061 mm
Front Hip Room1,410 mm
Front Leg Room1,036 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,483 mm
Front track1,661 mm
Overall height1,726 mm
Overall Length5,125 mm
Overall Width1,928 mm
Rear Head Room1,029 mm
Rear Hip Room1,398 mm
Rear Leg Room1,125 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,476 mm
Rear track1,661 mm
Wheelbase2,994 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments6
Axle ratio3.39
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio10.30 : 1
Displacement213 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power287 hp
Max RPM6,500 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Size3.5 L
Torque345 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City14.7 L/100 km
Combined12.7L/100 km
Highway10.2 L/100 km
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Third row headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote, digital keypad power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingTumble forward
Rear heatWith separate controls
Roof rackRails only
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
FoldingFold flat passenger
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Satellite communications911 Assist
smart device integrationAppLink
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Third Row Seat
Speed RatingT
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size4.2"
Primary Video Monitor Size4.2"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Video Monitor LocationFront and rear
Video playerWith DVD
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance100,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place415 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,224 L
Curb weight2,028 kg
EPA interior volume4,412 L
Fuel Capacity70 L
Gross vehicle weight2,708 kg
Ground clearance150 mm
Max cargo capacity2,355 L
Towing Capacity907 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
Front wipers - speed sensitiveSpeed sensitive
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
A/V remote
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Entertainment system
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Speed sensitive wipers
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Mode select transmission
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Manual driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Split folding rear seat
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar

2017 Ford Flex SE 4dr Front-wheel Drive, Kingston, Ontario

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