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2013 Ford Flex

More Of The Same Is Just Fine With Us The Ford Flex hasn't seen much sales success since it first hit America's streets back in 2008, and its boxy flanks have been decidedly hit or miss with the buying public. Still, when we first got a chance to drive the Flex, the big crossover was a revelation. It was smooth yet brash, comfy and luxurious all at once. In hindsight, one could argue that this big boat stands as a harbinger of Ford's revival. After the Flex arrived, a re-imagined Fusion, a much-improved Edge, the Explorer crossover and the new Focus all bowed. The Flex was a big step... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
3.5L V6
Power:
285 HP / 255 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$39,000 as tested
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    SEMA 2008: A baker's dozen concepts stretch Ford Flex-ibility
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    With so many acres of sheetmetal to work with, the Ford Flex definitely offers a tempting canvas for tuners and automotive taggers. But 13 official custom Flexes? It seems everyone and their mother decided to do up a tuned Flex this year for SEMA. We were told there were at least 13, but we suspect there were closer to 1,000 including everything from ...

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    Slow Ford Flex sales blamed on...
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    Ford's boxy new Flex crossover wagon is far from meeting its sales expectations. And while part of its slow sales can be chalked up to the overall downturn in the auto market, and specifically sales of large 'utes, some believe that there could be more than meets the eye to this particular story.Up to this point, Jim Farley, Ford's main marketer, has been ...

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    Minnesota state fleet using 77 percent more E85 this year
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    The Minnesota SmartFleet Committee took a look at the amount of E85 used thus far in 2008 and found that the biofuel mixture's use is way up compared to 2007. In the first nine months of 2008, the state fleet of about 1,700 flexfuel vehicles has burned 529,000 gallons of E85; in the same time period in 2007, this number was just 295,000 gallons. That's ...

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    SEMA Preview: CGS ReFlex
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    Every time we see a Flex on the road, it looks cartoonish to us – those two massive rectangles sitting on cute little wheels. We wouldn't be surprised if, a la CARS, a Flex started talking to us. The "ReFlex" above, designed by Sean Smith of SS Designs and being prepared by CGS Motorsports for this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, looks like it could ...

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    Spy Shots: 2010 Lincoln MKT
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    Only a few days after Ford officially confirmed that the seven-seat crossover everyone already knew was coming was indeed coming, a preproduction mule of the Lincoln MKT has been spotted in the wild. Ford promised that the MKT would look nothing like its Ford Flex sibling, and a quick glance at these spy pics prove that to be the case. In fact, the ...

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    Ford to officially announce Lincoln MKT today
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Lincoln MKT concept.We've been waiting for an official production announcement of the Lincoln MKT since the concept was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and according to Automotive News and the Wall Street Journal, that confirmation comes today. The Ford Flex-based crossover will give Lincoln a ...

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    Ford Flex earns five stars all around for crash safety
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Flex.Ford has made safety one of its top priorities, and its efforts have paid off. Not only does the Blue Oval have more five-star crash rated vehicles than any other automaker, but it's added another notch to its safety belt with NHTSA giving the Flex five stars for both front and side impact tests. A front ...

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    Second drive: 2009 Ford Flex SEL AWD, I concur!
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Ford FlexAs things turned out a brand new Ford Flex turned up the Ypsilanti branch of the Autoblog garage just a week after my friend Chris had one. While Chris used the Flex as a daily hauler, my family and I used the Flex to make a trek up to Traverse City in the opposite corner of Michigan's lower peninsula for a ...

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    Flex designer casualty of Ford bloodletting
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    From: Ford Motor CompanyTo: Richard GresensRichard; sincere thanks for designing the Flex, a vehicle that's working well for FoMoCo in the press, gathering much critical praise at a time when we need it most. Your team succeeded at turning the Freestyle's sows ear into a bigger, slicker, bolder silk purse that's drawing good attention to Ford. ...

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    Ford cancels planned third shift for crossovers at Oakville plant
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    Click above high-res gallery of the 2009 Ford FlexFord has been banking on strong sales of its crossover vehicles to help counter the sinking ship that is its line of SUVs. While the new Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, along with the brand new Ford Flex and revised Escape, have sold well enough to post a meager 2.8-percent gain in overall sales so far this ...

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    VIDEO: Autoblog goes commercial with faux Flex spot
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    We're typically too busy with our nose to the automotive grindstone to goof off. After stumbling across some 50 year old Ford commercials on YouTube during our time with the Ford Flex, we had all the inspiration needed for some weekend fun. The old days of automotive advertising meant long, one- to two-minute commercials, bad camera work, and scripting ...

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    Review: 2009 Ford Flex Limited [w/VIDEO]
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    When the Ford Fairlane concept bowed in Detroit in 2005, it proved that Ford could design a stylish crossover recognizable from a mile away. Unfortunately, Ford didn't exactly have a stellar record of bringing hot concepts to market, so expectations were low that we would ever see the Fairlane reach production. Fast forward to 2008, and the Ford Flex is ...

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    Look at those shoes: Goodyear picked for standard Flex fitment
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    They're not very glamorous, but tires make or break our driving enjoyment. Ford wants to soothe drivers of its new Family Truckster Flex, so Goodyear's Assurance ComforTred tires have been specified as the original fitment for the big crossover. The Assurance ComforTred uses a special cushion layer to smooth out road imperfections, the last thing anyone ...

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    Ford reduces time between styling changes to three years
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    Click above for high-res gallery of our first drive of the 2009 Ford FlexAccording to Peter Horbury, Ford's head of design in North America, the Blue Oval will be shortening the time frame between major styling changes for its models from five years to three. This move is part of a plan to reduce the need for large incentives to move older models that ...

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    First Drive: 2009 Ford Flex Limited AWD
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    Those of you who follow the auto industry as obsessively as we do will immediately recognize the all-new 2009 Ford Flex as the production version of the well-received Ford Fairlane "People Mover" concept from the 2005 Chicago Auto Show. The suicide doors are gone and the front has been opened up a bit to allow the engine to breathe... but Ford's execution ...

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    Ford begins production of the Flex
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    On one end, General Motors is announcing its intention to wind down SUV and truck production, while at the other, Ford is just gearing up production of a vehicle that's plenty large in its own right. Ford Flexes are now beginning to roll off the line in Oakville, Ontario, and the plant even has plans to bring on new hires in order to meet production ...

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    VIDEO: Autoblog talks design with Ford Director Peter Horbury
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    Autoblog talks design with Ford Design Director Peter Horbury.Ford has seen its ups and downs when it comes to vehicle styling, but with immense competition around the world and in North America specifically, design disasters will hurt an automaker now more than ever before. Ford design director Peter Horbury leads Ford's North American design, so ...

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    Ford preparing to launch fumes-to-fuel at Flex assembly plant
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    With full production of Ford's new Flex crossover kicking off this week, the Dearborn automaker is cleaning up the plant's emissions and generating electricity at the same time. The Flex is built at the Oakville Assembly Plant west of Toronto that also builds the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. Oakville is implementing the first full scale application of ...

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    Ford Flex gets fridge
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    The move to make your car a rolling house makes takes another step. Ford has included a refrigerator option on the all new Flex, and in doing so has provided something better than what you'll find on many luxury cars. The rear seat gadget doesn't just chill the holding area -- it runs off of a compressor, like a proper fridge, to chill a liquid to keep ...

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    Damn that Flex is sexy!
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    Click above for new high-res pics of the Ford FlexThe Ford Flex has that boxy design that people either love or hate, which is good because for many years the Blue Oval had too many designs that nobody cared about either way. After looking at some drop-dead sexy picks that FoMoCo added to its flickr account, there could be a few converts from the abhorrence ...

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