Immediately distinguished by unusually boxy exterior appearance, the Ford Flex debuted in 2009 as a seven-passenger crossover vehicle. Serving as more than a simple model name, Flex conveys the vehicles devotion for flexibility. Offered with front-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains, the 2009 Ford Flexs interior can configured in a variety manners. With all third rows of seating in use for seven occupants, the Ford Flex accommodates up to 20 cubic feet of cargo capacity. When the back two rows of seating are folded down, interior cargo capacity grows to 83.2 cubic feet. A six-seat interior option was also offered on the Flex equipped with a second-row center console.
Available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels, the 2009 Ford Flex came equipped with standard four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system, keyless entry, cruise control and air conditioning. For 2009, the Ford Flex was exclusively powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine developing a respectable 262 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. In 2010, the Flex became available with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine that pumped out 355 horsepower. A Titanium trim level was added to the 2011 Ford Flex featuring the inclusion of 20-inch aluminum wheels, Ford SYNC with navigation system, backup camera and Sony sound system. For 2013, all vehicles in the model line-up featured a front end that omitted the customary Ford Blue Oval.
With the Flex name is also spelled above the grille work, no markings on the front of the crossover identify it specifically as a Ford. Engines for the Flex were also enhanced for 2013 with the naturally aspirated V-6 receiving 282 horsepower while the EcoBoost V-6 generated 365 horsepower. For 2015, new two-tone color schemes are available and heated mirrors are standard.