Capable. Flexible. Unique. The 2018 Ford Flex is a one-of-a-kind family crossover with a personality all its own.
2018 Ford Flex
What is the Ford Flex?
The 2018 Ford Flex is technically categorized as a midsize crossover SUV, but it can probably give a few full-size models a run for their money when it comes to passenger and cargo space. Despite its purposeful retro styling, the Flex has only been around since 2009.
Unlike models like the Ford Edge, which can appeal to a very wide range of potential buyers, the Flex is first and foremost a family vehicle. Why? The design is all about convenience and accessiblity. You'll get more than 83 cu.-ft. of cargo space when the second-row and the class-exclusive PowerFold third-row seats are folded flat, and sixth and seventh passengers can pass easily into the third-row between the second-row bucket seats.
How is the Ford Flex different from other Ford SUVs?
The biggest difference between the Ford Flex and the rest of the Ford SUV lineup is quite simply the way it looks. The Flex's exterior styling won't appeal to everyone, but the no-nonsense approach of a big rectangular box will always be appreciated by taller passengers.
The Flex is far from unattractive--it's just different and the Ford Flex embraces that difference. The look hearkens back to the station wagon of the 60s, the Jeep Wagoneer, and even the massive Suburban, but with a stylistic flair all its own. You might think that such a hodge-podge would turn out to be unattractive, but that's not the case. The boxy, impressive Flex has a head-turning effect, a look that sets it apart from the Escape, Edge and Explorer.
Which Ford Flex is best?
We recommend the top-of-the-range Limited trim level, not because its the most expensive but because that trim is the only way you can have the optional engine. There's nothing wrong with the base engine, which is Ford's much-used 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated V-6, but once you experience the optional engine you won't want to settle for second-best. The optional engine is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 turbo, which develops 365 horsepower, compared to just 287 horsepower of the standard engine.
Is the Ford Flex AWD?
The Ford Flex comes standard as a front-wheel drive model, but all-wheel drive is available. The SE, SEL, and Limited are all front-wheel drive as standard, but all three can be specified with all-wheel drive if you prefer. All three also get a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with shifter button activation as standard.
If you choose the Flex Limited with the sensational EcoBoost V-6 engine, you will get all-wheel drive as part of the package. It does cost over $8,000 to upgrade the Flex Limited to the EcoBoost engine, but when you see how many other features comes as part of the deal, including a transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, it's well worth the extra investment.