Making its debut in 2009, the Ford Flex full-size crossover wagon comes well equipped with a long list of standard features and offers a variety of options ranging from a refrigerated console to a multi-panel Vista moonroof. Powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that generates 262 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque paired to a mandatory six-speed automatic transmission, the Ford Flex offers either front- or all-wheel drive, although the latter is available only on the SEL and Limited. The Flex seats up to seven passengers with the standard 60/40 second-row bench seat; however, a six-passenger version with 40/40 second row bucket seats is an option. EPA fuel economy for the FWD Flex is 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy, while AWD drops those numbers to 16/22 mpg. Standard safety features on the 2009 Ford Flex include antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. As Ford Flex photos reveal, this vehicle is a viable alternative to minivans and seven-passenger crossover SUVs.Read more Read less
The Ford Flex crossover is an all-new model for 2009 and is something of a departure for Ford. Not a sedan, not really a minivan, and not quite an SUV either, the Flex--as its name suggests--is a little of all three. The Flex is based on the Fairlane concept of 2005 and shares its 262-horsepower 3.5L Duratec V6 and six-speed automatic with the Ford Edge, but the similarities end there. The Flex has an unmistakable upright look that makes it distinctive and appealing from any angle. Inside, the Flex features cool available options like programmable ambient lighting, Ford's Sync voice-activated infotainment system, an enormous moonroof, and a second-row mini-fridge. Prices range from $28,295 to $36,555.
Room for seven passengers; available all-wheel drive; good power from a 3.5L V6; continues Ford's aggressive styling language.
The Ford Flex is one of the most exciting designs to come from the Blue Oval in a long time. With room for seven adults, you can carry all your friends. With those seats folded flat, interior space is a cavernous 83.2 cubic feet, so the versatility should appeal to just about everyone. With loads of standard features, plenty of cool optional ones, and a towing capacity of 4,000 pounds when properly equipped, the 2009 Ford Flex is a do-anything, go-anywhere people mover.