Where Useful Crossover Meets Luxury Sport Wagon 2011 Ford Flex Titanium – Click above for high-res image gallery Ford has been hard at work building the finest arsenal of in-cabin technologies in the auto industry, and our recent reviews of its products suggest the effort is paying off. But offering a huge collection of amenities means the customer must choose from a laundry list of options that can make the car-buying process overly complicated. Some options aren't available on some trim levels, while those same options come standard on others. Ford also uses "Rapid Spec" packages that can range in price from $1,000 to well over $4,000, depending on how much luxury and technology you care to pile on. And, of course, there's nothing worse than checking a box with an asterisk, a bit of punctuation that means you have to add another option before earning the right to check the box you wanted in the first place. Ordering a new vehicle gets a lot easier when you use the "I'll take everything" approach. This is the simplest way to shop, but it's also the priciest. And what happens if "everything" isn't enough? Ford thinks it has the answer to that question: a Titanium model that bungees on every conceivable extra to already loaded-up Limited models. Already a hit in Europe, Ford's Titanium trim level is chugging across The Pond this year with a maiden voyage aboard the S.S. Flex. We just spent a week with the 2011 Flex Titanium to see if the Blue Oval's ultimate trim level is worth its premium price. Continue reading... %Gallery-109602% Photos copyright ©2010 Chris Shunk / AOL Before detailing what makes our $50,145 tester Titanium-worthy ($49,370 plus $775 delivery), it's important to recap what we already know about Ford's boxy three-row crossover. When the Flex first arrived in dealerships back in 2008, we said it has "the technology customers crave, its interior is world-class and it turns heads everywhere it goes." Those attributes still apply to the Flex more than two years later, and the addition of an optional 355-horsepower EcoBoost V6 has only bolstered the status of this unique crossover. So how does the Titanium trim level improve upon the already distinctly styled Flex? Dearborn designers have differentiated it with several standard features that aren't available anywhere else in the Flex lineup. On the outside, Titanium Flexes get a Tuxedo Black Metallic roof (lesser models make do with body-color or white lids) accented by black chrome and alloy metallic accents. When contrasted against the White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat paint on our tester, the razor-sharp all-black greenhouse really pops. Our favorite exterior feature, however, is the black chrome liftgate applique that tells the world this is no run-of-the-mill Flex. Other Titanium-specific trim features include sinister smoked head- and taillight fixtures, a gunmetal gray front grille and eye-catching 20-inch alloys wrapped with 255/45R20 rubber. If there were one Titanium feature we would uncheck if we could, it'd be the bold, capitalized "FLEX" badging affixed …
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