The Ford Motor Company introduced the Ford Flex full-size crossover in 2008 to replace the Ford Taurus X MPV and the Ford Freestar minivan. The Flex can be said to be part SUV, part station-wagon, and part minivan. It is based on Ford’s D4 SUV platform and offers SUV-like towing capability, but is shaped like a station wagon; it also offers minivan-like versatility and utility. The Flex also adds retro styling, sweeping lines, a wide footprint, and a low-slung stance to its boxy shape. This full-size crossover accommodates up to seven passengers and also offers plenty of room for cargo.
Ford started developing this crossover shortly after the turn of the century. What followed was the unveiling of the Ford Fairlane concept vehicle at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show. The concept vehicle was well received and so the vehicle was approved for production, but under the ‘Flex’ nameplate.
One of the key selling points for the Ford Flex is its utility. Most large SUVs offer cargo areas with curved and angled walls, and so most times, much of the cargo space offered in such SUVs is never utilized. The Ford Flex, however, has perpendicular walls, so you can line your cargo right next to the walls and take advantage of more of the vehicle’s cargo space. When all its seats are up, this crossover offers 20 cubic feet of cargo space, but when its 2nd- and 3rd-row seats are folded down, that cargo space increases to 83.2 cubic feet.
The Ford Flex is also powerful. Its standard engine is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops up to 285 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. It pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and sends its output to the front wheels. An all-wheel-drive system also available. From 2010, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine also became available. It produces up to 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. When equipped with this Ecoboost engine, the Flex can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
In addition, the Ford Flex also offers a roomy and comfortable cabin. Depending on the model or trim level, this crossover may feature a 3-person 2nd-row seat bench or just two 2nd-row captain’s chairs. The 2nd row is the most comfortable place to sit in the Flex because it has 44.3 inches of legroom, which is 3.5 inches more than the legroom offered in the front row. The 3rd row is also roomy enough for adults. Also, the 3rd-row seats can be configured in two ways: they can be folded and stowed to make room for more cargo space, or they can also be configured to become tailgate seats that face the rear of the vehicle.
The Ford Flex is offered in SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels, all of which are well equipped. The range-topping Limited models offer features and accessories like 19-inch alloy wheels, high-intensity discharge headlights and LED taillights, a power liftgate, a keyless entry system with push-button start, power-adjustable pedals, perforated leather seating surfaces, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a navigation system, a 110-volt power outlet, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, and much more. This crossover also offers various optional accessories like a multi-panel sunroof, a center console refrigerator between the two 2nd-row captain’s chairs, heated second row seats, 20-inch alloy rims, and roof rails.
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