Consumer Reviews Summary
18 of 19 (94%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 Ford Flex Overview
The boxy exterior of the 2013 Ford Flex harkens back to the station wagons of yesteryear, but this stylish and comfortable crossover is anything but vintage. Three rows of seats provide seating for up to seven passengers and the Flex is versatile enough to provide ample cargo room for heavy duty shopping trips or a combined passenger/cargo load for cross-country touring.
Front wheel drive comes standard, with an optional active all-wheel drive system, powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 with 287 horsepower, or a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 365 horsepower. Both engines are offered with a six-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters are included with the turbocharged V-6.
The front-wheel drive equipped Flex delivers 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Upgrading to all-wheel drive with the standard engine drops the fuel economy rating to 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The more powerful turbocharged V-6 Flex, with all-wheel drive, gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The Flex promises a comfortable ride with spacious seating in all three rows, and soft-touch materials throughout. Cloth seats with a six-way power driver’s seat come standard, with available leather or perforated leather trimmed seating. The second row seat includes a 60/40 split-fold bench with autofold, and can be upgraded to reclining bucket seats with or without a heated feature. The third row consists of a standard vinyl 50/50 fold-flat bench seat and can be upgraded to a powerfold bench with a tailgate feature, which converts to rear facing seats for recreational seating at picnics or sporting events. An optional refrigerated second-row console keeps beverages and snacks cold when on the go.
The Flex is packed with entertainment features. Upgrades include a Sony sound system with 12-speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, and DVD entertainment system. Ford’s SYNC system is included for hands-free audio and phone control, and a navigation system with SiriusXM traffic and travel link is available.
The distinct exterior style of the squared Flex features makes it a standout around town or on the road. The bold front end sports a chrome grille and the sides are defined with sculpted horizontal lines in the sheet metal drawing the eye down the side of the vehicle. Exterior convenience options include a power liftgate and a vista roof which provides natural light and open air driving for all three rows of seating.
The Flex is equipped with standard and optional safety features that keep family driving in the forefront. Dual-stage front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors protect passengers in all three rows. Optional inflatable second-row safety belts soften the impact of a frontal or side crash, and are compatible with child safety seats. Four-wheel disc brakes with antilock braking, electronic stability and traction control systems are included with all Flex models.
The 2013 Ford Flex is a crossover vehicle designed with family and fun in mind. With a base price of about $30,000, the Flex may not be the most economical crossover on the road, but the slate of standard and optional features deliver strong value for the investment.