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2013 Ford Flex

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Engine Engine 3.5LV-6
MPG MPG 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2013 Flex Overview

Substantially upgraded for 2013, the Ford Flex is an innovative vehicle, and the only full-size car of its kind.The Mazda5, a distant cousin, is the same people-moving type of vehicle in the midsize class, but the larger and smoother Flex is in a field of one.Ford says that among all its cars, the Flex has the highest percentage of return buyers, at 67 percent.And 45 percent of Flex owners are women.

With standard seating for seven in its 2-3-2 configuration (optional 2-2-2), the Flex is all about people.Except when the seats fold flat, as they easily do; then it can be all about cargo.Because Flex is not built on a rugged body-on-frame chassis, it's not like an old-school SUV.Nor is Flex like a van.At first Ford called it a crossover utility vehicle, but now Ford has decided that the term is unclear, so the latest official word is that it's just a utility vehicle.We'd call it a superb cross between a limo and a taxi.If you have a spouse and four or five kids who like to travel to distant places including snowy mountains or desert sands, the Ford Flex can't be beat.

All-wheel drive is available for wintry conditions.

The Ford Flex looks like a stylish box.The hood and roof are long and flat, the windshield stands relatively straight, the side and rear glass is flat, and the corners are sharp, although the front end has been rounded a bit for 2013.The shape is honest, simple, and even elegant, for a box.It suggests interior room and maximum space utilization.It has presence and upscale cues that some might call bling.It's not shy.The grille and tailgate have been redone for 2013, with a chrome or satin aluminum band, but frankly we can't say that's an improvement over the old three bars and signature blue oval.

There are substantial improvements for 2013.Most notable is a revised V6 that comes standard on the base 2013 Flex SE and 2013 Flex SEL: For 2013, the 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 25 more horsepower, to 287 hp (with 254 foot-pounds of torque at 4000 rpm), while gaining 1 mile per gallon, to 18 City/25 Highway, according to the EPA.This boost to the base 3.5-liter V6 is the result of new Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing, or Ti-VCT as Ford calls it.Ford continues to lead the way among American manufacturers in engine technology.

The full-tilt Flex Limited all-wheel-drive model uses the dazzling twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque at a super-low 1500 rpm, which gets just 2 mpg less than the base V6, or 16 City/23 Highway.We got 16.4 mpg running it hard for half a day, city and freeway but mostly two-lanes.

With the EcoBoost V6 you might find yourself at the limits of the suspension.Even though the springs and dampers were stiffened for 2013, our 2013 Flex Limited danced a lot during hard driving on rough and undulating two-lanes.But we also got good miles on an easy freeway and around town, and the Flex ride …
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2013 Flex Overview

Substantially upgraded for 2013, the Ford Flex is an innovative vehicle, and the only full-size car of its kind.The Mazda5, a distant cousin, is the same people-moving type of vehicle in the midsize class, but the larger and smoother Flex is in a field of one.Ford says that among all its cars, the Flex has the highest percentage of return buyers, at 67 percent.And 45 percent of Flex owners are women.

With standard seating for seven in its 2-3-2 configuration (optional 2-2-2), the Flex is all about people.Except when the seats fold flat, as they easily do; then it can be all about cargo.Because Flex is not built on a rugged body-on-frame chassis, it's not like an old-school SUV.Nor is Flex like a van.At first Ford called it a crossover utility vehicle, but now Ford has decided that the term is unclear, so the latest official word is that it's just a utility vehicle.We'd call it a superb cross between a limo and a taxi.If you have a spouse and four or five kids who like to travel to distant places including snowy mountains or desert sands, the Ford Flex can't be beat.

All-wheel drive is available for wintry conditions.

The Ford Flex looks like a stylish box.The hood and roof are long and flat, the windshield stands relatively straight, the side and rear glass is flat, and the corners are sharp, although the front end has been rounded a bit for 2013.The shape is honest, simple, and even elegant, for a box.It suggests interior room and maximum space utilization.It has presence and upscale cues that some might call bling.It's not shy.The grille and tailgate have been redone for 2013, with a chrome or satin aluminum band, but frankly we can't say that's an improvement over the old three bars and signature blue oval.

There are substantial improvements for 2013.Most notable is a revised V6 that comes standard on the base 2013 Flex SE and 2013 Flex SEL: For 2013, the 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 25 more horsepower, to 287 hp (with 254 foot-pounds of torque at 4000 rpm), while gaining 1 mile per gallon, to 18 City/25 Highway, according to the EPA.This boost to the base 3.5-liter V6 is the result of new Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing, or Ti-VCT as Ford calls it.Ford continues to lead the way among American manufacturers in engine technology.

The full-tilt Flex Limited all-wheel-drive model uses the dazzling twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque at a super-low 1500 rpm, which gets just 2 mpg less than the base V6, or 16 City/23 Highway.We got 16.4 mpg running it hard for half a day, city and freeway but mostly two-lanes.

With the EcoBoost V6 you might find yourself at the limits of the suspension.Even though the springs and dampers were stiffened for 2013, our 2013 Flex Limited danced a lot during hard driving on rough and undulating two-lanes.But we also got good miles on an easy freeway and around town, and the Flex ride …Hide Full Review