2016 Ford Flex

 
2016 Ford Flex
 
2016 Ford Flex
 

2016 Ford Flex

MSRP 
$40,755
Invoice 
$39,723
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 22 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 287 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The 2016 Ford Flex remains an excellent choice for those who lament the absence of large station wagons on the market, yet want something far more stylish than truck-like SUVs or look-alike crossover vehicles. It drives responsively, rides smoothly and quietly and is a great highway vehicle. Plus, the Flex's boxy shape makes it one of the most spacious vehicles inside, especially from a passenger standpoint. Consider its excellent safety ratings and standout active-safety features and it makes a lot of sense from a family standpoint-- making a luxurious minivan alternative, too.

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What's New For 2016

The Ford Flex enters into no significant changes for 2016, save for a standard back-up camera on all trims.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 Ford Flex

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Rear Parking Sensors
    • BLIS Blind Spot Sensor
    • and Cross Traffic Alert Rear Collision
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
    • Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • SYNC 3 -inc: enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system, 8" LCD touch-screen in center stack w/swiping and pinch-to-zoom capabilities, AppLink, 911 Assist and 2 smart-charging USB ports
    • 390w Regular Amplifier
    • Sony Speakers
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Integrated Roof Antenna
    • Sony w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM/HD Single CD/MP3 Capable -inc: voice-activated navigation system w/12-speaker Sony audio system, auxiliary audio input jack, USB port, SiriusXM radio, integrated SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, (SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link includes 5 year prepaid subscription, Services are not available in Alaska and Hawaii, SiriusXM audio and data services each require a subscription sold separately, or as a package, by Sirius XM Radio Inc, If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates, Fees and taxes apply, To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349, See SiriusXM customer agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com, All fees and programming subject to change, Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 19" Painted Aluminum
    • Tires: P235/55R19 AS BSW
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper
    • Stainless Steel Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Chrome Rear Window Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Power Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper, Heated Wiper Park and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Metal-Look Grille
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Laminated Glass
  • Interior Features
    • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
    • Perforated Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's seat w/power recline, lumbar and memory, 6-way power front passenger seat w/manual recline and lumbar and driver and front passenger 4-way head restraints
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, 4 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Net
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat, Door Mirrors and Pedals
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Remote Engine Start
    • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
    • Instrument Panel Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Power Adjustable Pedals
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Systems Monitor
    • Includes Fold Flat
    • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Simulated Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Garage Door Transmitter
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Valet Function
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Keypad
    • Compass
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • Leather/Genuine Wood Steering Wheel
    • Fixed 50-50 Split-Bench 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor, 2 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
    • Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Air Filtration
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L Ti-VCT V6
    • Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic -inc: shifter button activation
    • 3.65 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 6,150 lbs
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
    • Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 72-Amp/Hr 650CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 175 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • 18.6 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 83.2
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 43.2
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 20
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 650
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 175
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - 998
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/213
    • Fuel System - Sequential MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 287 @ 6500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 254 @ 4000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 117.9
    • Length, Overall (in) - 201.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 75.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 68
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 65.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 65.4
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 18.6
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 155.8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.8
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.8
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 58.4
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 40.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 44.3
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 58.1
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 55
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.7
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 33.3
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 50.8
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 41.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 16
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 22
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Ford Flex
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/55HR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/55HR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 2000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 200
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 2000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 44J
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.48
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.87
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.84
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.41
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.88
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.65
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 9.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4637
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2016 Ford Flex Photos & Colors

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  • Bronze Fire Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Magnetic Metallic Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Bronze Fire Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

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Introduction

Few vehicles are more identifiable at a glance than the Ford Flex. In an arena of gently contoured crossovers, the utterly rectilinear, defiantly boxy full-size crossover SUV stands apart.

In addition to handsome squared-off styling, the Flex provides outstanding interior space with three rows of seats that seat six in comfort with available capacity for seven. Flex features comfortable ride and handling characteristics that transcend most vehicles of this size. People who own them love them. Safety scores excel.

Introduced as a 2009 model, the Flex was updated for the 2013 model year, with a fresh front end and reworked interior. For 2016, Flex has not changed much: A rearview camera has become standard on 2016 Flex models, and a new blackout appearance package is available. Also, the infotainment system has been substantially upgraded for 2016.

Two powertrains are available. The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine develops 287 horsepower and performs strongly. However, the real performance sensation is the turbocharged, 365-horsepower V6. Capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in fewer than seven seconds, the turbocharged V6 makes the Flex swifter than any crossover in its class.

Electric power steering not only has a quick ratio, it’s locked onto the vehicle’s subframe, providing more precise feel. Drivers can expect a nicely controlled ride, as well as responsive brakes.

Cozy seats in the first and second rows provide limousine-level space all around. Buyers get a choice of a middle-row bench or bucket seats. The long Flex wheelbase ensures that even the third-row seat has legroom for adults, though six-footer head space falls short.

At any level, Flex is equipped well. The top-rung Flex Limited can be fitted with the turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, leather interior, and glass panoramic sunroof. New this year is an appearance package that blacks out trim on the roof, grille, door handles, and window sills.

A second-row refrigerated console is available, a feature not found in any other vehicle in this class. Other new features include passive entry and start, rain-sensing wipers, and a feature that lets you go up or down by a gear on all models, not just those with paddle shifters. On the XC70 SEL and XC70 Limited, new Sync 3 is installed, with much better performance, simpler operation, and cleaner graphics.

Parking sensors and inflatable second-row seatbelts are available. So are adaptive cruise control with forward-collision alert and a blind-spot warning system. Flex gets a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with Good scores in most tests, but hasn’t been crash-tested recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Lineup

Volvo XC70 SE ($29,600) comes with front-wheel drive, three-row seating, AM/FM/CD, rearview camera, reverse sensing, MyFord Touch, Bluetooth, 17-inch alloy wheels. XC70 SEL ($32,300) upgrades with dual-zone climate control, pushbutton start, Sync 3. XC70 SEL AWD ($34,250) adds all-wheel drive.

XC70 Limited ($37,800) and Limited AWD ($39,750) feature perforated leather-trimmed seats, rearview camera with guidelines, 12-speaker Sony audio, power liftgate, and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert. AWD Limited can have EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 ($42,600).

Safety features include six airbags, traction and stability control, with anti-rollover technology. Optional all-wheel drive enhances stability in slippery conditions.

Walkaround

The Flex exudes an effortlessly cool aura, despite being unabashedly boxy. Defiantly forging its own style, square yet sleek, Flex handily evades the stigma faced by minivans. Curiously, the only Ford identification is a blue-oval badge at the corner of the rear hatch.

Instead of playing down its body’s corners, Flex amplifies them. Designers even carved grooves into the bodysides to highlight the long, glassy greenhouse. Right down to the rectangular grille, which reminds some observers of a USB port, Flex’s fusion of retro with modernity works just right in today’s crossover SUV marketplace.

Interior

Simply put, the Flex cabin is one of Ford’s finest, blending touch controls with LCD screens in a layout that suggests serenity. Some subtle changes have occurred, making materials feel luxury-grade, especially the soft-touch panels.

SEL and Limited trims get the latest Ford infotainment system, which replaces the troubled MyFord Touch. New Sync 3 responds quicker and its screens look less cluttered. Flex has restored some console controls, but almost every action relies on touch.

In the first and second rows, wide, well-cushioned chairs promise a satisfying melding of supple, soft-touch cushioning and long-journey support. Headrests have improved mightily, thanks to a four-position design.

Second row occupants can savor abundant head/leg room. Back seats are fairly easy to reach, thanks to the horizontal roofline, but thinly padded when you get there. Still, riders well over six feet tall can manage the third row.

Fit and finish are better than ever, and the interior is quiet. With 83 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats, Flex has 20 fewer cubic feet than a Chevrolet Traverse. However, second- and third-row seats can be power-folded out of the way.

Driving Impressions

Pleasant to drive, the Flex feels like a step up from a Chevrolet Traverse or Toyota Highlander, due largely to its superior ride. Even the base model comes across like a smaller wagon, helped by relatively crisp steering feel and the long (118-inch) wheelbase. Even when pushed harder than most drivers ever will, body motions are adeptly controlled. Despite its dimensions, the Flex is surprisingly easy to park and maneuver through urban settings, and feels no more ponderous than a midsize sedan.

Both drivetrains deliver plenty of power. Even with several passengers, a base-engine Flex responds strongly to pass. Still, the EcoBoost turbocharged Flex approaches the level of some sport sedans. We prefer EcoBoost, though it does exact a gas-mileage penalty. Specifically, the front-drive base Flex is EPA-rated at 18/25 mpg (City-Highway), versus 17/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. With the EcoBoost turbo, mileage dips to 16/23 mpg. Flex simply isn’t as frugal as some newer three-row models.

Ford’s 6-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. As the transmission upshifts, the EcoBoost edition cranks out torque in a seamless wave. Tapping one of the paddle shifters triggers a manual-control mode. The system considers steering-angle and yaw sensors, as well as throttle position. While climbing a hill or rounding a quick corner, for instance, it will stick in lower gear. Only when pushing excessively hard in such a corner is the otherwise compliant ride likely to become jittery.

All-wheel drive makes sense in the snowbelt region; but otherwise, note that it adds heft to a vehicle that already weighs 4,600 pounds.

Summary

Despite its size and utility, the Flex almost slips into fun-to-drive category. Highly comfortable seats, easy entry/exit, and expansive cargo space place it among our top-rated family SUVs. Platinum and Limited models are costly, but they affirm that a Flex can be quite luxurious, if you’re willing to pay.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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