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.