Smooth ride; excellent outward vision; elegant interior; adult-sized space in all three rows
What We Don't
Small cargo area behind third-row seat; no sliding facility for the standard second-row bench
Now that everyone's buying crossovers, the Flex may not appear fashionable enough. But for those adventurous few who still want to take a chance, they just need to decide how much they want to spend. And bear in mind that the demand for crossovers will have a beneficial impact on their resale values, but not so much on the Flex's.
The 2018 Ford Flex is available in either 6- or 7-passenger form, and in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels.
The SE ($31,020) comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, air conditioning with rear controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, rear parking sensors, Sync voice-command system with Bluetooth and a 4.2-in touchscreen, a power-adjustable driver's seat (manual recline and lumbar, though), cruise control, automatic headlights, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera and a 6-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input and a USB port.
The SEL ($33,725) steps up to 18-in alloys, remote start, fog lights, Sync 3 infotainment system (including an 8-in touchscreen, high-tech gauge cluster and two USB ports), additional powered adjustments for the driver's seat (making it 10-way), a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, heated mirrors, brighter exterior trim, a universal garage door opener, wood-effect dashboard trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and satellite radio.
The Limited ($39,225) has 19-in wheels, keyless entry/ignition, leather upholstery, 12-speaker Sony audio system, power-folding mirrors with puddle lamps, voice-activated navigation with real-time traffic, xenon headlights/LED taillights, ambient cabin lighting, a powered tailgate, a 110-volt outlet, adjustable pedals and a wood/leather steering wheel.
Some higher-spec standard features are available on lesser trims as options. Other extras (depending on trim) include two second-row captain's chairs in place of the standard 3-person bench seat, a multi-pane sunroof, an automated parallel-parking system, adaptive cruise control, cooled front seats, a power-folding third-row seat, 20-in wheels and a power-adjustable steering wheel.
Behind the third row of seats, cargo space measures 20 cu ft. Behind the second row, volume expands to 43.2 cu ft. With both rows down, there's 83.2 cu ft above a flat load floor.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2018 GMC Acadia -- Better cargo space, but the Flex's third-row seat is more accommodating.
2018 Toyota Highlander -- Holds its value better than the Flex and comes in a hybrid version.
2018 Dodge Durango -- Impressively powerful V6, or there's the option of a V8. The Durango's towing capacity is superior as well.
2018 Mazda CX-9 -- Does almost everything right. Try to get a model without the base engine and entry level stereo system, though.
Used Chevrolet Suburban -- Big power, big space. As long as the big fuel bills aren't an issue.