Unlike most rivals on the market, Ford Flex 2019 doesn’t offer a ton of trims to pick from. With this SUV, you only get to choose between 3, but they’re all worth your while.
Interesting fact: the very first generation was introduced a decade ago – in 2009 – and, despite the subtle changes, this is, in fact, the same car.
The 2019 edition, for example, isn’t at all different from what we had to deal with in 2018.
That doesn’t mean Flex is a bad car, though.
On the contrary: the pros include a cozy, comfortable, and spacious interior, both for the passengers and cargo. Secondly, outward visibility is fantastic, especially for a big SUV like this one. And finally, the turbocharged engine is stronger than you might expect it to be.
The cons include somewhat sloppy controls design, limited availability of techy features, and a 2nd-row bench that doesn’t slide.
Ford’s Full-Size SUV In A Nutshell
Numerous critics and experts around the globe used to say that Flex wouldn’t last 5 years, but, as you can see, it’s been around for 10. There’s no denying the fact that this wagon is outdated and doesn’t look and feel nearly as cool as when it was first introduced to the market. On the other hand, if you need a reliable, durable, and relatively affordable family SUV, this might just be what you’re looking for.
Besides, for some drivers, the vintage (and maybe even a bit clumsy) exterior design is a pro rather than a con. As mentioned, the interior deserves the highest praise, and for a full-size SUV, that’s one of the most important aspects.
Engine-wise, Ford Flex 2019 doesn’t disappoint either. The entry-level 3.5-lit V6 is 287 horses-strong and is good for 254 lb-ft. For a 3-row full-sizer, that’s just right. Or, you can go for the turbo engine (365HP, 350 lb-ft).
So, Is This Car Worth Your Money?
Inside the car, you can easily seat up to 7 passengers. Or, fold down the seats and you’ll get an impressive amount of cargo space – it all depends on your current needs. What’s even more important is the fact that every single person inside Flex will have a decent view through the windows (which can’t be said about most models in this category).
If you’re all about camping out with your family in the woods and hauling a big trailer, the turbocharged engine can tow anything up to 4.5K pounds.
Sadly, the interior design leaves a lot to be desired. True, it’s functional and gets the job done, but you’ll need to forget about up-to-date materials and styling with this SUV.
That’s more than enough for a large trailer, a boat, or pretty much anything else.
The bad news is – all those impressive numbers come at a price.
Fuel economy is below-average in Ford Flex 2019: the average numbers are 23 miles per gallon hwy/16mpg city. Those estimates aren’t horrible or anything. It’s just that the rivals managed to achieve better results over the years, while Ford’s model stayed at the same level.
Taking Flex For A Spin
One thing is clear: Flex isn’t as enjoyable to drive as some of the leaders in the segment, especially if you stick with the standard engine.
The lack of proper feedback is the biggest problem with this car. That’s equally true for handling and breaking.
Yet, there’s enough traction, and while braking and steering aren’t particularly exciting, you still won’t be bored behind the wheel. I’m not sure why a regular family would need fast acceleration in a full-size SUV, but the turbo V6 can go from zero to 60mph in 6.2 seconds, which is kinda amazing.
It needs to be stressed, though, that you won’t have any problems with that while driving through familiar routes (like heading to the office/school/closest store). The tires aren’t particularly “grippy”, and, since this is quite a big and long vehicle, there isn’t much maneuverability in Ford Flex 2019.
More About The Available Trims
Alright, now that we know how the vehicle feels on the road and on the inside, let’s quickly go over the three trims I mentioned earlier. SE, the entry-level trim, is FWD (AWD is only available with the higher trims), and the engine – a 3.5-lit V6 – works in combination with a 6-speed auto transmission. The turbocharged V6 is only available with Limited – the most expensive trim.
SE costs 30.5K and features 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, a 4.2-inch screen, 6 speakers for the sound system, voice controls (through the Sync system) folding 2nd– and 3rd-row seats, and more.
SEL can be yours for 33.3K.
The additional 2.8 thousand US dollars offer bigger (18-inch) wheels, keyless ignition, high-quality wood interior trim, Sync 3 with an 8-inch touchscreen, Smartphone compatibility, and better breaks, among other things.
The Limited Trim And Additional Packages
With the SE trim, you can also purchase the 2020A package. It adds a series of safety features (blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert), along with a power liftgate, leather upholstery, and an additional speaker. Limited costs 38.8K: that makes it 28% more expensive than SE. But, it introduces a number of luxury-level stuff like metallic exterior trim, auto wipers, xenon head-/LED taillights, 12 speakers for excellent sound quality, and navigation.
For Limited, Ford Flex 2019 offers the 301A package for even more safety features. If you need FCW, adaptive cruise control, auto parallel parking, ventilation for the front seats and adjustability for the 3rd-row seats, this is for you.
Don’t forget to take a good look at the video to see the latest Flex in more details.