Call it an SUV, station wagon or minivan, the 2019 Ford Flex can really be called a crossover SUV. This 3-row utility vehicle can be configured to accommodate six or seven passengers, and even those in the back enjoy a decent room. Like its competitor the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot or its siblings the Explorer, the Flex offers many conveniences to keep the families comfortable, and is available with all-wheel drive to handle bad weather. What really distinguishes the 2019 Ford Flex is its design. Boxy and lower-riding than other SUVs, it has a spacious interior inside while creating its own statements outside.
The 2018 Ford Flex is a large crossover/wagon available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels. The base Flex model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, cloth upholstery, air conditioning with extra controls in the rear, 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Standard infotainment includes a basic version of Sync, Ford’s voice-controlled tech hub and an AM/FM/CD player with Bluetooth phone connectivity, and one USB port. The Flex SEL adds 18-inch alloys, universal garage-door opener, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, the Sync 3 infotainment system with two USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The standard engine for all 2019 Ford Flex models is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 287 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission sent that power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available an option for SEL and Limited trims. The Limited trim is eligible for the optional turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that boosts output to a heady 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard and has steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for a little more fun.
In testing, the 2019 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, a quick time for a mainstream three-row crossover. Properly equipped, the Flex can tow up to 4,500 pounds, regardless of engine choice.
3.5-liter V6 with 6-speed automatic
287 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
254 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 16/23 mpg (FWD) or 16/22 mpg (AWD)
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 6-speed automatic
365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,250 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 15/21 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Ford Flex SUV is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The entry-level SE trim has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $31,569 plus a $995 destination fee. A recommended SEL trim start from $36,235. At the top of the line, the Limited model starts at $39,785. Adding all-wheel drive is an extra $1,950, which is relatively pricey. With the turbocharged engine and other features, the Flex Limited could pass the $48,000 mark.