2013 Ford Flex Review
The 2013 Ford Flex comes in three models: Flex SE, Flex SEL, Flex Limited.
The front-wheel-drive Flex SE ($30,885) comes with Ford's new 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine making 287 horsepower, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual gear selection. Seating is three rows, of two-three-two seats in cloth upholstery, with 6-way power driver's seat. Standard equipment includes power everything, halogen headlamps, body-colored door handles and black mirrors, rear tinted glass, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, cabin air filter, 10 cupholders and bottle holders, 60/40 flat-folding second row seats, 50/50 flat-folding third row seats, leather shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls and tilt/telescope adjustment, 6-speaker sound system with single CD and MP3 capability, 4.2-inch color LCD information screen, and SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system.
Flex SEL is available with front-wheel drive ($33,225) and all-wheel drive ($35,175). SEL trim adds foglamps, stainless steel exterior trim, power heated mirrors, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, dual zone climate control, 10-way power driver seat and 6-way power passenger seat, MyFordTouch electronic controls with 8-inch LCD touch-screen, media hub with USB ports, input jacks, and satellite radio.
Flex Limited FWD ($39,230) and Limited AWD ($43,850) get the 3.6-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 making 365 horsepower, and the 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Limited also adds chrome door handles, satin aluminum grille and liftgate trim, HID headlamps, LED taillamps, 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, 110V power outlet, adjustable pedals with memory, ambient lighting, woodgrain instrument and door trim, perforated leather-trimmed seats, BLIS blind spot monitoring system, HD radio, push-button start, power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, rearview camera, remote start, Sony 12-speaker audio system, and voice-activated navigation system. A rear console refrigerator ($795) is optional.
Options for Flex include a Class III Trailer Towing Prep Package ($570) with receiver hitch, wiring harness with 4/7 pin connector, engine oil cooler, tire mobility kit; second-row 40/40 reclining seats ($650); second-row floor console ($100); deep-tint Vista roof ($1,595); roof rack side rails ($195); Microsoft SYNC system; DVD rear-seat entertainment center; 6CD with satellite radio; remote start system; Active Park Assist; power-folding third-row seats; special paint; 20-inch wheels.
Safety features include driver and front-passenger dual-stage airbags, side-impact and safety canopy airbags, front passenger airbag sensing system, inflatable rear seatbelts, rear door child-safety locks, perimeter alarm, seatbelt pre-tensioners, reverse sensing, passive anti-theft system and tire pressure monitoring system. Active safety features include Torque Vectoring Control, Curve Control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), AdvanceTrac electronic traction control, RSC Roll Stability Control, brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Optional all-wheel drive can enhance safety in slippery conditions.