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2017 Ford Flex Overview

Ever since it first burst upon the scene for the 2009 model year, the Ford Flex crossover has been a favorite of families looking for a vehicle with a spacious cabin, as well as attention-grabbing good looks. Those are two areas where the Ford Flex shines the brightest. Thanks to its squared-off design, it would be rather hard not to notice this vehicle out on the open road. In addition, the Flex’s boxy frame allows for a roomy interior that can comfortably seat up to seven people. The Ford Flex is also relatively affordable, as the 2017 model carries a starting MSRP of $30,025.

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What’s New for the 2017 Ford Flex?

There are three new exterior colors offered with the Flex for the 2017 model year. Those hues are White Gold, Blue Jeans, and Burgundy Velvet tinted clear coat. Furthermore, the rear-console refrigerator that was offered on last year’s Flex is not available with the 2017 model.

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2017 Ford Flex Exterior

While the 2017 Ford Flex certainly seems to borrow a few design cues from the Mini Cooper, the Flex is definitely much larger and it’s also a lot more expensive. Noticeably absent from the front fascia is any trace of Ford’s trademark blue oval badge. Instead, the new Flex only wears the Ford logo on its rear liftgate. The back of the new Flex also features a noticeable dual exhaust system, which hints at the Flex’s two capable V6 engine options. Standard on the ‘17 Flex are rear privacy glass and 17-inch alloy wheels, while exterior color options include White Platinum, Ruby Red, and Ingot Silver.

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Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Flex SE

  • Halogen headlamps with autolamp feature and wiper activation, Intermittent speed-sensitive front windshield wipers, Rear window defroster with 2-speed wiper/washer, Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler, Bright Dual Exhaust Tips, Integrated blind spot mirrors, Manual-folding power heated mirrors, Solar tinted glass for all windows

Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Flex SEL

  • Adds to or replaces features on SE: Fog lamps with bright bezel, Stainless steel bright beltline molding on sides and liftgate, Chrome Door Handles

Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Flex Limited

  • Adds to or replaces features on SEL: Power Liftgate, HID Headlamps, LED Taillamps, Satin-Aluminum Finish Grille, Rain-sensing wipers, Satin Aluminum liftgate appliqué, Front and Rear chrome with aluminum insert scuff plates, Power heated mirrors with memory feature and security approach lamps, Power-folding heated mirrors

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2017 Ford Flex Performance

Besides its unique design and comfy cabin, the 2017 Flex is also notable for offering two strong V6 motors for buyers to choose from. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 287 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels on the most affordable model. However, consumers can choose to upgrade to an available all-wheel drive system, which could be a desirable feature in northern states that see a lot of snowfall during the winter. The other available engine is a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 that provides 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, but that engine can only be matched with the all-wheel drive system.

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2017 Ford Flex Efficiency

Fuel economy for the 2017 Ford Flex varies depending on which V6 engine and drive system the consumer chooses for their crossover. When equipped with the standard V6, the rear-wheel drive Flex yields an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined. That rating drops down to 18 mpg combined when that V6 is matched with all-wheel drive and efficiency drops even further to 17 mpg combined when the turbo V6 is used with the vehicle. A 18.6-gallon fuel tank is equipped inside every new Ford Flex.

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2017 Ford Flex Interior

Even though the current version of the Ford Flex debuted for the 2009 model year, the interior has stayed current thanks to continued updates that Ford has made. Even the entry-level model comes standard with premium equipment, such as a leather-wrapped shifter, Ford’s MyKey system, and a reverse sensing system. For even more luxurious features, consumers might want to check out the SEL trim. This higher-level model offers dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and the SYNC3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen. In addition, since many consumers looking at crossovers want to know about cargo space, the 2017 Flex offers 20 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row seats. Furthermore, both the second and third row can fold down to provide more than 80 cubic feet of available storage area.

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Interior available on the 2017 Ford Flex SE

  • Manual climate control, Leather-wrapped shifter knob, Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, Manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Cloth Seats, 6-way power driver’s seat with 4-way manual front passenger seat, Second-Row 60/40 Bench Seat with Autofold Feature on passenger “40”, 3rd-row manual fold-flat-into-floor split 50/50 bench seat, MyKey®, Reverse Sensing System, Four 12V powerpoints, Audio Input Jack and USB port, SYNC®, AM/FM Stereo with Single-CD Player

Interior available on the 2017 Ford Flex SEL

  • Adds to or replaces features on SE: Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, San Macassar Wood Appearance Appliqués, Cargo Net, Heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, 6-way power passenger seat with manual recline and lumbar, Universal garage door opener, Remote Start System, Intelligent access with push-button start, Two USB ports, SiriusXM Radio, SYNC® 3

Interior available on the 2017 Ford Flex Limited

  • Adds to or replaces features on SEL: Ambient Lighting, Perforated Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inlay and cruise, Yoho Maple Cross appliqué on instrument panel and door inserts, Memory feature for driver’s seat and foot pedals, Perforated Leather-Trimmed First- and Second-Row Seats, 110V inverter with AC outlet, BLIS® with cross-traffic alert, Audio System from Sony® with 12 speakers, Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, HD Radio™ Technology

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2017 Ford Flex Safety

When the Ford Flex underwent IIHS safety testing, the organization gave it “Good” ratings in multiple categories, but the Flex didn’t earn Top Safety Pick status because it only received an “Acceptable” score in the difficult front overlap test. Standard safety equipment for the 2017 Flex includes traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, six airbags, and a rearview camera. Ford also offers more advanced safety equipment on more expensive trims, including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning, as well as blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert.

Standard Safety Features

  • Rear view camera with backup assist grid lines
  • Personal Safety System™
  • Safety Canopy®System
  • Front seat-mounted side airbags
  • LATCH – Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

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2017 Ford Flex Rumors

When it first debuted in 2008, the Ford Flex caused quite a stir. The 7-seater Flex captured the hearts of many buyers looking for a spacious family SUV at a reasonable price. On its launch, the Flex’s sweeping flat-roofed vehicle helped fill the gap that Ford had in its lineup of people haulers after the company discontinued the Freestar minivan.

However, the Ford Flex fortunes quickly dwindled prompting the automaker to carry out an extensive facelift in 2013.  Nonetheless, the facelift failed to reignite the vehicle’s lost spark. Now, not giving up, it is rumored that Ford has decided to hook up the vehicle with fresh changes in a bid to revive its fortunes.

The new 2017 Ford Flex is set to feature a more stylish exterior, interior and a powerful engine to entice new customers and retain current ones. Read along to find what rumor mongers are saying about this Ford SUV;

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2017 Ford Flex Exterior

Ford is believed to have added extensive modern touches to the exterior profile of the upcoming Ford Flex. The large SUV will be based on the Ford D4 platform.

The 5-door SUV will have a lighter body compared to the predecessor model. This is as a result of use of lightweight materials on its structure and body materials. According to these rumors, the overall design steps out of the previous version’s design language.

The new model will be bigger and more desirable but will maintain its boxy body shape. Ford Flex enthusiasts should expect a redesigned front fascia which features a modified bumper and a redesigned chromed grille which is flanked by LED headlights with chrome surrounds. At the back, the Ford Flex will feature LED taillights and a redesigned bumper.

2017 Ford Flex Interior

Switching gear to the cabin styling, customers will find even a roomier cabin than that of the current model. Its cabin styling has been upgraded to rival higher-end automobiles. Its styling features a good combination of class, convenience and comfort. The seats will be trimmed in quality leather while rich fabrics will cover the rest of the cabin.

The model will feature an updated infotainment system with a large touch-screen. The system will integrate features such as Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system among others. There will also be another 4.2-inch touch-screen mounted on the cockpit to display other information of the vehicle. For entertainment, the 2017 Ford Flex will feature a 12-speaker Sony sound system.

The rumors go on to allege that the cabin will be equipped with an impressive array of safety features including ABS, traction and stability control, forward collision warning, blind sport monitoring and a package of 6 airbags. Higher trims will feature additional features such as parking sensors and a rearview camera.

Remember that most of this information is based on rumors; therefore, be sure to check this page later to get more updates on this model.

Engine Specs and performance

According to the rumors, the Flex will have an improved engine that offers a better performance and improved fuel efficiency.  The 2017 Ford Flex will feature two power-trains.

The base engine will be a 3.5 L, V-6 which is capable of producing 287 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque.  In terms of fuel economy, the engine is expected to deliver 18 mpg in city and 25 mpg on highway drives.

Top trims will be fitted with a more potent engine. This engine is believed to be still a 3.5 L, V-6. However the engine will be boosted by twin-turbochargers that help it to pump out 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine is expected to return a fuel economy of 16 mpg in city and 23 mpg on highway drives.

The engines will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system that sends power to the Front wheels or all wheels. However, there are some rumors claiming that the 6-speeed transmission will be replaced by a new 9-speed automatic system.

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Price and release date

The rumors don’t stop there, the rumor mongers go ahead to claim that the model will be available for sale in the first quarter of 2017. According to those rumors, a base 2017 Ford Flex will have a price tag of between $ 30,000 and $ 38,000.

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2017 Ford Flex Expert Review

By Scott Oldham -- Contributing Editor

KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

The 2017 Ford Flex is part station wagon, part SUV and part minivan. It’s a unique 7-passenger crossover SUV that offers all the space and versatility large families need along with available sure-footed all-wheel drive and decent fuel economy. But it’s the Flex’s distinctive long-and-low styling that really sets it apart from its competitors including the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer. Unlike some SUVs, the new Flex is low to the ground and makes no pretense of being off-road capable. That lower ride height makes for a smooth ride, easy step-in and cargo loading. The Flex is offered in three trim levels, SE, SEL and Limited, and there’s a choice of two V6 engines along with numerous electronic and convenience features.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need minivan-like room and versatility but won’t be caught dead driving a minivan, you’ll like the new Ford Flex. Its boxy styling maximizes interior space, while its car-like ride and numerous options, including all-wheel drive and a 365-horsepower turbocharged engine, make it the perfect all-weather family truckster.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If off-roading is your thing and you need significant ground clearance, an advanced AWD system or the ability to tow more than 4,500 pounds, scratch the Flex off your list. The Ford Explorer, or a full-framed SUV like the Ford Expedition or Chevrolet Tahoe, might be more to your liking.

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What's New for 2017

For 2017, the Ford Flex no longer offers optional heated, 2nd-row captain’s chairs with a refrigerator in the center console. The unique but unpopular option has been discontinued. Otherwise the Flex is essentially unchanged from last year’s model.

Driving the Flex

Driving Impressions

Its size might suggest a truck-like driving experience, but the 2017 Ford Flex is actually quite maneuverable and car-like in the city. In sharp turns, the Flex’s steering is precise...

... and responsive, and its suspension does a great job of keeping the car level during high-speed cornering, with good control over body sway and pitching. It also provides one of the most comfortable rides in the segment. If you’re going to take the tribe cross-country, this is your automobile. Ford has done an excellent job keeping outside noise outside, although the larger wheel-and-tire packages vary the amount of road noise that sneaks inside the interior. The base 3.5-liter V6 is more than adequate, but we prefer the surge of power delivered by the available 365-horsepower EcoBoost engine (that’s more horsepower than the V8-powered Dodge Durango). The optional all-wheel drive operates seamlessly and adds a measure of safety in nasty weather.

Favorite Features

ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE Although the Flex’s standard 287-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 is strong enough for most, check out the optional 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, which is only available on the top Limited trim level and only with all-wheel drive. Zero to 60 takes just about 6.2 seconds, which is sports-sedan territory. SYNC 3 Ford consistently improves its Sync infotainment system, and the 2017 Flex is equipped with the latest and greatest version that is also now one of the easiest to use. The new system’s screen allows for phone-style navigation gestures like pinch and swipe, plus there’s faster performance and improved voice recognition.

2017 Ford Flex Details

Interior

The interior of the 2017 Ford Flex is inviting, functional, elegantly appointed and meticulously assembled. The Flex’s instrument panel is clean and functional, with large air conditioning vents and three screens for the Sync 3 system. A massive 4-panel Vista skylight is one of the noteworthy features. The 2nd-row and 3rd-row seats fold flat, as does the right-front passenger seat, for hauling extra-long cargo like your long board or an 8-foot ladder. The front and middle rows provide spacious and comfortable accommodations for five. Third-row occupants will find legroom a little tight, but full-size adults can ride back there comfortably.

Exterior

In a world of automotive sameness, the 2017 Ford Flex brings a style all its own. It looks like nothing else on the road and there aren’t many cars or trucks you can say that about these days. It’s a box, for sure, but an elegantly detailed box, with aero-friendly contours, soft edges and a large greenhouse. The Flex’s face is quite modernistic, with a strong horizontal character and unconventional treatments in its shapely headlights and prominent Flex name in chrome across the nose. A liftgate clad in brushed-aluminum and the optional contrasting-color roof are also strong visual elements.

Notable Equipment

Standard Equipment

The 2017 Ford Flex comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Limited. All come standard with a stout 287-horsepower V6, a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes keyless entry, a 6-way-power driver’s seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Reverse Sensing System, front and rear air conditioning, rearview camera, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Limited trim adds heated front seats, a 10-way-power driver’s seat, Sony Premium audio, Ford Sync 3, a heated steering wheel, navigation, leather upholstery, a power-folding 3rd-row seat and 19-inch alloy wheels. Safety equipment includes 3-row side-curtain airbags and inflatable 2nd-row safety belts.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2017 Ford Flex vary by trim and include the 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6 (Limited only), all-wheel drive (SEL and Limited), a power rear liftgate, heated 2nd-row seats with power Autofold mode, a 4-panel Vista roof, a contrasting-color painted roof panel, adaptive cruise control with Collision Warning and Brake Support, remote start, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Also optional is Ford’s active Park Assist, which gives the Flex the capability to parallel-park itself. The system steers the Flex into place with the driver controlling the gearshift, gas and brake pedals.

Under the Hood

Across its trim levels, the 2017 Ford Flex offers a choice of two V6 engines both with a 6-speed automatic transmission and either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The standard engine is a smooth and efficient 3.5-liter V6 with variable valve timing. It makes 287 horsepower and is certainly adequate if not class-leading. Fuel economy is below average for the vehicle’s size with an estimated 16-mpg city and 23 highway. AWD models earn slightly lower estimates. The Limited trim offers the option of the EcoBoost V6, which has twin turbochargers and direct injection to produce an impressive 365 horsepower. This EcoBoost engine is offered only with AWD and has an EPA fuel-economy rating of 15-mpg city and 21 highway. 3.5-liter V6 287 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm 254 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (FWD), 16/22 mpg (AWD) 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm 350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,250 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg

Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a 2017 front-wheel-drive Ford Flex SE starts just under $31,000. For the mid-level SEL, prices start around $33,500 (FWD) and $35,550 (AWD). A top-of-the-line Limited begins just over $39,000 with the base engine and FWD and bumps up against $44,000 with the EcoBoost V6 and AWD. Heavily optioned, a Flex Limited can easily exceed $50,000. That pricing is in line with such competitors as the Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango and Honda Pilot, but more expensive than the Kia Sorento. To make your best deal, be sure to check our Fair Purchase Price and see what typical Flex transaction prices are in your area. Considering resale value, Kelley Blue Book expects the Flex to hold a good portion of its original purchase price, on par with the Chevy Traverse, but falling slightly behind the Honda Pilot.

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The Ford Company is giving us another outstanding vehicle. The new 2017 Ford Flex is the perfect combination of traditional and modern that will provide a pleasurable and stylish ride.

2017 Ford Flex Redesign

Exterior

The new 2017 Ford Flex will keep its iconic box-like structure.But is redesigned to bring a new contemporary look for the Ford Flex. This model will be lighter due to use of high quality lightweight materials. It will be bigger than the previous model. The biggest change on the car is on the front. Buyers will find a modernized front fascia with a modified chromed grille and bumper. It will have a LED headlights that are surrounded with chrome details and LED taillights. Some modern colors will add to the new 2017 Ford Flex’s fashionable design. They include Shadow Black, Ingot Silver Metallic, Too Good To Be True Blue Metallic, Magnetic Metallic and Oxford White.

The new 2017 Ford Flex interior is all improved, elegant and stylish. The biggest change for the new car is more spacious cabin with modern design. It is going to have 3 rows of seats that will be able to accommodate up to 10 people for a comfortable ride. Seats will have rich leather upholstery with quality fabrics covering the rest of the cabin space. It will also have a number of safety features. It will include 6 airbags, anti-lock brakes, forward collision warning, blind sport monitoring and rear view camera. Also a parking sensors for higher trim levels. The new 2017 Ford Flex also has a 4.2-inch touch-screen, 12-speaker Sony sound system,Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system.

Two V6 engines with six-speed automatic transmission will be available for the new 2017 Ford Flex depending on the buyer choice of trim levels. Entry level model will have a 3.5 liter engine that can produce 287 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque, and is expected to deliver 25 mpg on highway and 18 mpg in the city drives.Limited trim model will have Eco Boost 3.5 liter engine that generates 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, and is expected to deliver 23 mpg on highway and 16 mpg in city drives.

2017 Ford Flex Release Date and Price

Release date for 2017 Ford Flex is still unknown but the rumors are that it will be available in stores in the first half of 2017. Price tag is going to be between 28,000$ and 30,000$ depending on trim levels.

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2017 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost Review – It's Been Almost A Decade

3.5-liter V6, twin-turbo, DOHC (365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm; 350 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm)

Six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

15 city / 21 highway / 17 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

15.7 city / 11.2 highway / 13.7 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

16.0 mpg [14.7 L/100 km] (Observed)

Base Price: $30,920 (U.S) / $33,689 (Canada)

As Tested: $50,180 (U.S.) / $58,339 (Canada)

Prices include $895 destination charge in the United States and $1,790 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada.

My sister hates the Ford Flex.

She’s never driven a Ford Flex, mind you. She just hates the way it looks.

I, on the other hand, am a huge fan of the Ford Flex’s exterior design, particularly in Blue Jeans paint, particularly without these black wheels.

There are only two sides to this argument. There is no middle ground on which you stand and declare, “Meh, it’s alright.” Since 2008, consumers have fallen on either one side of the fence or the other. You either love the Ford Flex, or you hate the Ford Flex.

Based on the Flex’s lack of marketplace success, there are apparently too many haters. Some nine years after the Flex was launched, inspired in 2008 by the 2005’s Ford Fairlane Concept, Ford’s alternative crossover is increasingly forced into an ever-narrowing niche. The style quotient remains high — at least in the eyes of those who’ve always loved it — but the Flex now manifests too many signs of old age in a market full of remarkably competent and more popular challengers.

THIS FLEX At Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in 2005, way back before George W. Bush’s second inaugural, Ford wowed the crowd — or at least some of it — with the Fairlane Concept.

Suicide doors, a tailgate that opened every which way, and boxy styling cribbed from then Ford-owned Land Rover foretold Ford’s replacement for the Freestyle, which would become the Taurus X by the time the production Flex rolled around. Built on Ford’s D4 platform (an update of the Freestyle/Five Hundred D3 platform based on an updated version of Volvo’s P2 platform), the Canadian-built Ford Flex arrived in 2008 as a 2009 model. Ford hoped to sell 100,000 copies of the Flex per year but has averaged fewer than 28,000, never once topping the 40,000 mark in the United States.

EcoBoost availability in 2010, a refresh for the 2013 model year, and minor updates throughout its tenure — there’s SYNC3 now, for instance — have never inspired an increase in demand.

Loaned to us for the week by Ford, this 2017 Ford Flex arrived in top-trim Limited guise. The basic $30,920 Flex SE comes only with the 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated, 287-horsepower V6 and front-wheel drive. The $33,625 Flex SEL makes all-wheel drive a $1,950 option. AWD is still a $1,950 option on the $39,125 Flex Limited, but the Limited also makes available the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine.

If you want the 3.5 EB, however, you’ll have to select AWD and a 303A Equipment Group that drives the price up to $47,820. To that base Flex EcoBoost price, our tester added $2,360 in options, including the multipanel vista roof and an appearance package with a black roof and black wheels.

The resulting $50,180 MSRP is frightening, but keep in mind, Ford is currently discounting that price by $2,750 before negotiations even begin.

THIS FLEX’S FAULTS If you had somehow never laid eyes on a Flex, you’d still know it was old as soon as you hopped into the driver’s seat. The font accompanying the shifter seems to shout at you with all the caps lock intensity your grandmother employed on Facebook for the last two weeks because she’s too embarrassed to ask anyone how to get the lowercase goodies back.

“YOU’VE SELECTED DRIVE, ONE NOTCH PAST NEUTRAL!” No need to be angry about it, Babushka.

The steering wheel buttons for audio and cruise control are positively archaic and fiddly to operate. The doors are approximately as heavy as a SportKa. The wavy appliqué that stretched across the dashboard was left over from some Ford designer’s circa 2008 basement reno. It was stylish. So were puffy shoulder pads.

Yet in more practical terms, it’s the Ford Flex’s prodigious heft that speaks loudly of its outdated architecture. The Flex Limited EcoBoost is nearly 200 pounds heavier than the Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum, more than 500 pounds heavier than a Honda Pilot Touring and Mazda CX-9 Signature, and nearly 900 pounds heavier than the new GMC Acadia Denali. Granted, the largest of this group, the Pilot, is 7.3-inches less lengthy than the Ford Flex.

As a result, the 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 doesn’t make the Flex feel that quick off the line, although the hilarious levels of torque steer would lead you to believe otherwise. But once all that inertia is overcome, once you’ve begun to push a brick through the air, and once the 20-inch wheels start rolling, the powerplant comes into its own, providing ample passing power and outstanding off-ramp enthusiasm. A Nissan Pathfinder this is not.

But dipping into the reserves of an artificially aspirated engine that doesn’t make max power until 5,500 rpm has a deleterious impact on fuel economy. We averaged a frightening 16 miles per gallon in a mix of urban and highway driving. An F-150 with the 3.5-liter EB is less thirsty.

Thanks to the 117.9-inch wheelbase, ride quality isn’t bad, but the 20-inch wheels on 255/45R20 Hankook Optimos tend to crash about on rougher roads. Long gone is the time when enlarged wheels and low-profile rubber were used to enlarge a car’s contact patch. These wheels are here purely for style on a vehicle that isn’t — and perhaps can’t be — remotely athletic. There’s a pervasive sense of burden, of mass-inspired recalcitrance. The Flex doesn’t like to change directions and rolls excessively when forced to do so.

Making matters worse, all that weight has not created a vehicle that manifests modern structural rigidity. In only its second week-long test since coming off the Oakville, Ontario, production line, this Flex already revealed the early signs of creaking and groaning around the rear doors when traversing uneven pavement.

THIS FLEX’S FORTES Nevertheless, much is forgiven when using the Flex in the way it’s supposed to be used: as a minivan replacement.

Though the market is littered with three-row crossovers, few utility vehicles can adequately live up to the minivan when it comes to regular three-row use. The Flex’s mechanisms for accessing the third row aren’t up to snuff, but actual ingress is straightforward, and space is sufficient. Moreover, second row space is lounge-like, and there’s room for stuff behind the third row. The Flex’s boxy shape allowed Ford to perfectly position all seven seats without concerns for head and hip room.

At 202-inches long, you expect a vehicle to be spacious, but don’t assume the 195-inch long Pilot or 191-inch-long Highlander will be anything as family friendly as the Flex. And the Ford Explorer that shares the Flex’s underpinnings? It’s kind of cramped.

Child seat installation was a breeze. Visibility is outstanding. The vista roof panels let in loads of daylight, enhancing the feeling of space. Road and engine noise are kept to a minimum, although the Flex’s brick-like shape incites too much wind roar.

Up front, SYNC3 won’t wow you, but it’s intuitive and seemingly reliable. Too many capacitive touch controls below the touchscreen are irksome, but there’s nothing complicated about their operation. And at $50,180, the Flex is blessed with a high feature count: power liftgate, power-folding third row seats, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and active park assist.

The Flex is also perched at an ideal height. There are only 5.9 inches of ground clearance. You slide in and slide out. No climbing, no falling. That’s good news for those of us (me) who went skating on the Halifax Oval during the Flex’s visit and found out our (my) knees ain’t what they once were.

FINAL FLEX FINDINGS Ford can safely assume you’re not going to buy a 2017 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost tomorrow. We can safely assume you won’t buy a new Flex next year or the next, either. The numbers don’t lie.

I understand. I didn’t buy one, either.

But the Flex is still the kind of vehicle we ought to welcome on our highways and in our driveways. Its height serves a purpose. The shape is conducive to family life. The engine is mighty. In a world chock full of me-too two-box crossover silhouettes, the Flex is proof that automakers sometimes allow designers to have fun.

The Flex needed a significant revamp three or four years ago. The Flex didn’t get that revamp. The market began to rapidly move toward SUVs and crossovers, but Ford had not allowed the Flex to keep pace with evolving times. In too many ways, the Flex is not up to par. Not surprisingly, by 2020, there won’t be a Flex to buy.

But for the minivan buyer who doesn’t want a Dodge Durango, a Chevrolet Suburban, or a minivan, putting up with the Ford Flex’s faux pas could be worth it, especially if you can afford the EcoBoost V6 and tolerate its drinking habits.

And some people will think it looks amazing in your driveway.

[Images: © 2017 Timothy Cain]

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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2017 Ford Flex Redesign

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The first Ford Flex came into the market in 2008 and became quite popular as family SUV at an extremely affordable rate. However, the popularity of the SUV saw a downhill trend and in 2013, the vehicle got a facelift. But sadly, this facelift was not enough to bring back the lost glamor of Ford Flex. The 2017 Ford Flex is being planned to be launched with updated engine and exterior and interior features.

2017 Ford Flex – Body, Design, and Trims:

The exteriors of 2017 Ford Flex are highly updated when compared to the previous models of the family SUV. Though the vehicle retains the boxy look and appearance, it is much lighter in weight. The vehicle is based on the Ford D4 platform. The SUV comes with 5 doors and looks quite large. The front fascia of the SUV has seen considerable upliftment and redesigning. You will notice that the vehicle has modified bumper as well as redesigned chrome grille. The grille is flanked by headlights, which operate on LED technology.

The chrome touches not only make the vehicle look stylish, but also impart a bold appearance. The taillights in the vehicle also run on LED technology. The Ford logo does not appear on the front part of the car; rather the word ‘Flex’ is mentioned in bold letters in the front and rear fascia of the vehicle. There are three trims in which 2017 Ford Flex are available – they are SE, SEL and limited versions of the vehicle.

Interior:

Talking of the interiors of 2017 Ford Flex, major changes have not been seen. But definitely, there are upgradations in the features and facilities. The present cabins in the car are spacious and the interiors are done in state of the art style. There is the perfect combination of convenience, class, and comfort in the vehicle. High-quality leather is used in the making of the seats.

The steering wheel gets a refreshed design and the panels have an electronic finish. Other interesting interior features include updated infotainment system, which comes with large touch screen. The infotainment system can be integrated to Bluetooth connectivity. Navigation system is also available in the vehicle. There is also a 4.2-inch screen in the cockpit where different kinds of information regarding the vehicle are displayed. The 12-speaker Sony Sound System provides excellent sound effects in the SUV. Climate control facilities are also available in all the trims of the vehicle.

Safety and Security Features:

It is quite impressive to note that 2017 Ford Flex comes with excellent safety and security features for the driver as well as for the passengers. Some of these features include ABS, stability control, traction control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, 6 airbags etc. Higher trims of the family SUV have additional safety features like rearview camera and parking sensors.

2017 Ford Flex – Power of Engine:

It is being expected that the 2017 Ford Flex will have improved engine when compared to its predecessor. There are two engine options for this family SUV. The base engine is expected to be a 3.5 liter, V-6 engine, which has the capability of producing 287 hp of energy and 254 lb-feet of torque. However, if you are settling for higher trims of the family SUV, you will have the same base engine a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, but the engine is being expected to receive a boost by twin turbochargers. As a result, the performance of the engine will be excellent. It will provide 365 hp of energy and 350 lb-feet of torque. Though it is being said that the engines will be coupled to 6-speed automatic transmission; some reports are also talking about 9-speed automatic transmission.

2017 Ford Flex – Possible Arrival Date and Estimated Cost:

Fixed dates regarding the availability of new Ford Flex have still not been confirmed. However, automobile industry rumors say that the vehicle will be released in the first quarter of 2017. The pricing of 2017 Ford Flex varies from one trim to another. Higher the trim, higher are the prices of the family SUV. The price of the SE trim is around $30,500 while that of the SEL trim is $34,595. However, if you are looking for the Limited version, you will get it at $40,395.

Verdict:

To sum up, the 2017 Ford Flex retains its charm externally and internally and is sure to enchant its customers with amazing performance. Car enthusiasts are looking forward to its launch in the coming year.

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