When Ford designed the Flex, they clearly designed the ultimate family vehicle. If you have not considered the Ford Flex, you are truly missing out. Full size SUVs like the Flex are taking over the minivan market, and who wouldn't want something that looks as cool as this ride does. The Ford Flex is like nothing else on the road and its interior packs as much of a wow-factor as does the handsome and sophisticated exterior. If you enjoy sporting events or outdoor activities, the back row seats can be converted to rear facing tailgate seats with just the push of a button. But there is much, much more.
The First Generation began in 2009 to present. The Ford Flex replaced the Taurus X and the Freestyle, and it was based on Ford's D4 Platform. The Flex came standard with front wheel drive with the option of all-wheel drive and it had an independent rear suspension with Advance Trac traction control. The 2009 Ford Flex was offered in three models: SE, SEL, and Limited.
The SE was offered in front wheel drive and had 18" alloy wheels, a 60/40 split second-row bench seat and a 50/50 split third-row bench seat that would fold flat into the floor to make for plenty of cargo space. Rear climate controls, and a power driver's seat were also available. It was standard with a 3.5L V-6 that offered 262 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque.
The SEL model could be had with either front or all-wheel drive, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a 10-speaker sound system. The Limited offered a power liftgate, perforated leather upholstery, memory function driver seat, and you could opt for the four-panel vista sunroof, keyless ignition/entry and a rear DVD entertainment system. To round out the Limited's offerings, Ford SYNC was also available on this model.
The 2010 Ford Flex saw a big change when Ford's EcoBoost V-6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injected engine became an option. For this year, the Flex was offered in the following models: SE, SEL, and Limited. A power-folding second-row bench seat was standard on all models. The SE offered automatic headlamps, cruise control, keyless entry, automatic climate control, and rear parking sensors, to name a few. The SEL offered heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-way power passenger seat, wood interior trim, and 18" alloy wheels.
The Limited offered all the SEL had but added 19" alloy wheels, HID headlamps, wood-trimmed steering wheel, a rearview camera, and a navigation system with traffic and weather updates. On this model you could opt for the turbocharged V-6 that offered 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. No, this wasn't your mama's minivan. Also optional was the vista moonroof that included a power front sunroof and three fixed units over the back rows. You could also opt for the exclusive refrigerated second-row center console that would hold up to seven 12-ounce cans of your favorite beverage and snacks.
The 2011 Ford Flex did not see many changes, but an additional model was added to the lineup: SE, SEL, The Limited, and Titanium. The SE offered many standards such as an eight-way-power driver's seat and a two-way power passenger seat. It also offered fog lights, keyless entry and an exterior access code pad along with rear parking sensors and automatic climate control. The SEL model came with 18" alloy wheels, heated front seats, wood interior trim, driver's side power lumbar adjustment, and Ford's SYNC communications system. Options included leather upholstery and a 12-speaker Sony stereo, driver memory functions and a power liftgate.
The Limited came loaded with all the SEL model had to offer along with dual zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, perforated leather seats, wood trimmed steering wheel and a navigation system with a touch screen interface and a rearview camera. The new Titanium model was equipped with 20" chrome wheels, microfiber suede seat inserts, unique interior accents and added exterior features. You could also opt for front parking sensors and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
The 2012 Ford Flex lineup remained the same: SE, SEL, Limited and Titanium. The SE base model offered numerous standards from cruise control to a six-way power driver's seat to manual lumbar support and a leather-wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel. The SEL offered heated mirrors, satellite radio and SYNC with Bluetooth connectivity. The Limited offered LED taillights, a power tailgate, navigation system, and an eight-way power driver's seat with memory. The Titanium offered all of the Limited perks along with 20" wheels and a more upscale interior and exterior.
Optional features available for all models included roof side rails and a reclining and sliding second row captain's chair with console. The Titanium and Limited offered the refrigerated second row console and power-folding third-row seat. If you opted for the EcoBoost engine, you would also get an automatic parking system with it.
The 2013 model year saw a major refresh and an updated body. The three bar front grille was replaced with a single bar and its looks became more refined, yet remained funky and hip. The lineup was changed to include the SE, SEL, and the Limited. The SE now offered a rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors, SYNC with Bluetooth interaction capability that offered your vehicle "health" report and free vehicle lifetime 911-assist.
The SEL added MyFord Touch and enhanced SYNC features. The Limited added a blind spot warning system, HD radio, a rearview camera, and power adjustable pedals. The SEL and Limited could opt for the Titanium package that offered a black-painted roof and unique interior/exterior upgrades. All trim levels could also opt for second-row inflatable seatbelts and sliding and reclining second row captain's chairs.
The 2014 Ford Flex lineup remained unchanged with the SE, SEL and Limited. The SE offered an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a base version of SYNC with 4.2 inch central display screen that offered voice controls for phone and audio. The SEL offered MyFord Touch with an 8-inch central touch screen and two multifunction secondary displays in the gauge cluster.
On the SEL, you could opt for upgrades with Equipment Group 201A or 202A that added a rearview camera, power liftgate, remote ignition, blind spot warning system and an upgraded sound system. The Limited was standard with all 202A options for the SEL, and also offered chrome and satin-aluminum accents along with rain-sensing wipers, and a 12-speaker Sony stereo system.
The 2015 Ford Flex offered the same great lineup as in the past few years: SE, SEL and Limited. The models also offered the same endless standards and awesome options. New for the Limited was Equipment Group 301A/303A upgrades that included adaptive cruise control, automatic parallel parking, a collision warning system with brake support and a one-touch power-fold-and-tumble third row seat. The SEL and Limited also offered a rear seat dual headrest entertainment system with 7" screens and separate sets of headphones.
The 2016 Ford Flex lineup remains the same with the SE, SEL and Limited trim levels: Why mess with a great thing! New for the 2016 Ford Flex is the new Sync 3 Infotainment system that offers a responsive touch screen with a pinch-and-swipe smartphone-like capability. The rearview camera is now standard on all models.
The SE continues to offer endless standards while the SEL sports a new chrome exterior trim, a 10-way power driver's seat and upgraded brakes. There is now an available rear climate control and power inputs for passengers' added comfort. A 202A SEL upgrade package includes rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitor. The Limited is top-of-the line and dressed to the max and offers options such as a power adjustable heated steering wheel, cooled front seats and power-folding third row seats.
The Ford Flex is unique in every way. It is off the chart on the cool factor when it comes to its looks and the lofty, quiet interior comes in handy when you are carting around a family of seven across the U.S. It has cubby holes and nooks and crannies for stashing stuff away and it has a refrigerated storage console. It has entertainment systems throughout. It has great visibility and the multi-panel vista roof brings nature into the mix. There is also tons of storage for luggage thanks for the boxy cargo area. Who wouldn't want one? And remember, whether you stick with the standard engine or go for the gusto with the turbo charged one-either way, the Flex is no slouch.
Angela Krause Ford Lincoln is your Ford dealership on Mansell Road in Alpharetta. We have a new or used Ford Flex just waiting for you to come in and test drive today. We are near Milton, the Humane Society on Mansell Road, North Point Mall, and just off GA 400. If you are looking for an SUV that drives like a car, has a lot of kick to it, offers more room and ambience than a minivan ever could, then the Flex is for you. And if you look at it close, you may even see the essence of the beloved 1930s Ford "Woody" from back in the day.