Mechanical changes have made the 2013 Flex SUV Crossover much more powerful than last year’s model. It is motivated by a surprisingly power 3.5-liter V6 engine that offers 285 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. Fuel-economy is about what you would expect for a vehicle of this size, returning 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. If you don’t mind sacrificing a small amount of fuel-economy, all-wheel drive is optional on both the SEL and Limited trims.
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Another option drivers may want to take advantage of is the upgraded engine for the Limited trim. A turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 produces 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard with the upgraded engine. Dubbed EcoBoost, this engine can accelerate zero to 60 mph in a super swift 6.6 seconds. Towing capacity is virtually the same with both powertrains at a maximum of 4,500 pounds.
Even with bigger wheels, the ride is smooth and comfortable, virtually absorbing every bump in the road. Its four-wheel independent suspension is to thank for this.
Crash test results for the 2013 Flex SUV Crossover have not yet been revealed, but braking power has been. It was able to stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, which is average for this class.
Unique optional features that you may want to add if you typically have backseat passengers are second row inflatable seatbelts. Depending on trim, you may also appreciate a blind-spot warning system and collision warning. Features that come standard on all trims include:
The 2013 Ford Flex is a crossover that you will either love or hate the appearance of. Some really like the boxy style paired up with a sleek new front end. The avant garde fascia, minimalist grille and stylish headlamps are certainly a unique combination. However, there are others that argue that no amount of styling can dismiss the fact that it is a rectangle on wheels.
Thanks to the more wagon-like stance and one-touch tumble feature in the second row, making use of the third row is a little easier than what you will find in many large crossovers. As many as seven can fit comfortably with an abundance of room to spare. Even six-foot passengers in the third row can stretch out their legs.
Soft touch materials and an upscale design are what you notice first when you slip behind the wheel. The dash has seen a makeover, which now incorporates the MyFord Touch System, made up of three display screens.
The Ford Flex falls short in cargo space, when compared to other crossovers. With all seats in place, you are granted 20 cubic feet, which isn’t bad. The problems is that with its boxy styling, even with all seats folded down, only 83 cubic feet is offered behind the front row.