The 2018 Ford Flex is a renegade in the crossover SUV market, a combination of a fabulously stylish retro throwback to a bygone time of station wagons and a performance-driven, tech-forward SUV that caters to modern drivers. If you're looking for an SUV that will stand out from the crowd, the Ford Flex is the right choice.
2018 Ford Flex
Why Buy the 2018 Ford Flex?
The Ford Flex is a full-size crossover utility vehicle on a different level--it's part station wagon, part SUV, part minivan. The boxy, long shape is distinctive, and you'll know as soon as you see it whether its look is for you or not. The Flex has the seating and ease of entry of a minivan with the cargo space and utility of an SUV. It seats seven, more than enough for most families, with three car seat latches. The already ample cargo space more than triples when you fold down the back row, making this a versatile car for long road trips or helping a friend move. The base engine is decent but if you upgrade to the turbocharged engine you'll be surprised at the boost in power.
The Flex hasn't had a complete redesign since it arrived on the scene in 2009, but that's a complaint for designers and collectors. What HAS changed is the technology the Flex offers buyers. Ford has recently added the innovative, intuitive SYNC 3 Infotainment system with options for both Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity. SYNC 3 is a simple system that's easy to use and highly visible. Available features also include two USB ports, two audio systems, and satellite radio.
Is the Ford Flex a Good Car?
Competition is fierce among SUV models and, while it may not rank as high as the Ford Edge or Ford Explorer, the Flex's unique design and utility hits the sweet spot for many owners. You would be hard pressed to find an SUV with seven seats, a powerful engine, all-wheel drive, and with cargo and towing capacity to spare. This vehicle is called the Flex for a reason--because it does a little of everything and adapts to the needs of buyers.
Is the Ford Flex All-Wheel Drive (AWD)?
Living up to its SUV roots, front-wheel drive comes standard on the Ford Flex, but all-wheel drive is available. Surprising for its shape, the Flex is agile and maneuverable. And with the turbocharged engine, it's plenty fast.
How Much Can the Ford Flex Tow?
With the Class III tow package, the Ford Flex can tow a whopping 4,500 pounds, the equivalent of nine industrial refrigerators! Though the Flex does not get great gas mileage compared to others in its class, when towing it doesn't seem to feel the strain. Merging into traffic feels pretty effortless, even with a trailer or camper in tow.