This article was published on May 26th, 2012
From the sleek exterior lines and eco-boost engine, to the air conditioned leather seats and four moon roofs, the Ford Flex is the hottest and most comfortable seven-passenger crossover vehicles in 2013. It’s fun to drive, full of safety features and most importantly, fuel-efficient.
“Flex appeals to people who want to stand out from the crowd,” said Mark Fields, President of The America’s. “With technologies not found in other full-size utilities, even better fuel economy and a more modern, sophisticated look, we’re offering people even more reasons to choose Flex with the new model.”
On the outside, the 20” aluminum wheels make a bold statement and the new front end rounds out the edges. “Flex” is the only name you’ll find on the front end, and on the back a standard dual exhaust. Standard colours are ruby red, deep blue or brown – or customize it with tow-tone with white, gray or black body-colour roofs.
Inside the three-row crossover is nothing but space, even in the back bench seating for three. The mid-cabin console has a cooler/freezer compartment, ideal for keeping things cold on long-trips. Each row of seating has their own moon roof and the middle row has their own climate control.
The 2013 Ford Flex has every feature a driver needs. Front row leather seats are heated and air conditioned, there are rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, power-fold mirrors and a mountain of safety features like blind-spot sensors.
The cruise control is radar-enabled. It detects the relative position to other vehicles. When the cruise control is on, it functions normally, however, when there is a slower vehicle ahead the sensors automatically slow down until the vehicle has cleared, then it resumes to the set speed. Very cool!
The MyFord Touch control system has been overhauled for 2013. The 4.2 inch screen controls everything from music and interior lighting, to GPS mapping and temperature control. When synced with Bluetooth or USB, the hands-free voice-activated calling features and stored device music are all available. Unfortunately there are still bugs in the system because the connectivity with smart phones doesn’t always work, or work consistently.
Powering this baby is a 3.5-litre V6 eco-boost engine that delivers outstanding fuel-efficiency for its size. Essentially you get the all-wheel-drive capability and power of a V8, but in a precisely designed high-output, engine. It delivers exception fuel economy and horsepower. The automatic transmission also has a manual control, powered by paddle shifters on the steering wheel – standard on all models. It easily powers up steep hills, handles fast corners well, and is easy to drive through the city.
For a mid-size vehicle it’s really fun to drive, has many great features for both driver and passenger enjoyment and is extremely comfortable on long-trips.
The 2013 Ford Flex is built in Oakville, Ontario.