The Ford Flex is back for 2018! This crossover SUV has incredible versatility so all your friends and family can pack in as well as all your gear at the same time! There is a ton of features and options from engines to the interior and exterior available so creating the perfect Flex for you is easier than ever! Keep reading our review to learn even more about the 2018 Ford Flex!
What kind of features are available for the interior and exterior of the 2018 Flex?
The Ford Flex is part of the large crossover and wagon categories and can traditionally seat seven passengers and is offered in three trim levels; the base SE model, the SEL and the top of the line Limited model! The base SE model doesn't seem like a base model because it comes loaded with a ton of fantastic features! The exterior features include 17-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, a keyless entry pad and rear privacy glass! The interior of the SE has features like an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a six-way power driver seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, second-row seats with 60/40 split folding and a third row of seats with 50/50 split! There’s also a ton of tech features like Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, voice controls, a 4.2-inch central display screen, a rearview camera, a CD player plus a USB port! If you want to get the most comfort and convenience out of your Flex take a look at the Limited model! This model builds upon the other trim’s features with 19-inch wheels, LED taillights, xenon headlights, automatic wipers, power folding mirrors, and even more metallic trim all on the exterior! The interior of the Limited models adds features like a navigation system, ambient interior lighting, upgraded wood trim, and an incredible 12-speaker premium Sony audio system that comes equipped with HD radio! You can also opt for the 301A package (only available for the Limited model) which adds even more features like a heated and power adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and inflatable second-row outboard seat belts! All of the 2018 Flex models come with three rows that can seat seven. However, in the SEL and Limited trims, you can opt for second-row bucket seats to give easier access to the third row but that lowers the seating capacity to six! Lastly is the cargo room! There are 43.2 cubic feet of space with the third-row fold flat, and if you need some more room you can fold down the second row as well and expanded the space to 83.2 cubic feet!
What are the standard and optional engines for the 2018 Ford Flex?
Ford offers two engines for the 2018 Flex. The standard engine for all models is a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 287 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. Front wheel drive is standard, but you can opt for all-wheel-drive! The EPA estimates that this engine can reach up to 23 mpg on the highway with FWD and with AWD it can reach 22 mpg! There is an optional engine for the Limited model, a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that outputs 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque! This engine reaches an estimated 21 mpg on the highway, comes with standard AWD and even has steering wheel mounted paddle shifters! All three Flex models pair their engines with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. If you need to regularly tow with the Flex, you can also opt for the Class III trailering package and tow up to 4,500 pounds!
How does the 2018 Ford Flex do when it comes to safety?
The Ford Flex comes with a ton of great standard and optional safety and security features! Standard safety features for 2018 include Blind Spot Information System with cross traffic alert, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, rain sensing wipers and Intelligent Access with push-button start. All models also come with Ford’s MyKey technology. This tech lets you program two separate keys so you can share cars! Plus you can program the key to operate unique features like top speed restrictions and creating a lower max volume for the entertainment system! MyKey also gives drivers a warning when the wagon’s fuel range is low and the Belt-Minder that mutes the audio until seatbelts are buckled!
The 2018 Ford Flex is a fantastic family wagon! There is a ton of room for all members and their gear for school and sports plus it's a great car for teen drivers with Ford’s MyKey! Come into Sunset Ford today to take a look at the Flex in person, try out the features and even take on for a test drive!