2019 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD Review



2019 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD Review

2019 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD Review

2019 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD Review

2019 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD Review -It looks like just yesterday that we initially proclaimed the cool-parent virtues of the Ford Flex, but the wagon/crossover box-of-all-trades struck the marketplace as a 2009 design. Neither a high-riding would-be SUV neither a typical car-height station wagon, the Flex still provides distinct, unabashedly squared-off style and a helpful, reconfigurable three-row cabin. We like it, as well as constantly have, but Ford doesn't sell most of them, as well as the version's future doubts. With its days potentially numbered, we believed it smart to inspect back in on our favorite pseudo wagon while we had the chance.

Eight years after very first going on sale, the Flex is still funky, however it publishes the smallest sales numbers in Ford's lineup. The Explorer, which shares the Flex's foundations and also bundles the three-row seats format and comparable size into the more popular crossover mold and mildew, outsold it more than 9 to one over the past three years. An additional platform-mate, the wallflower Taurus sedan, outsold the Flex by almost 3 to one throughout the very same period. Most individuals look at the Flex as well as probably believe, rightly so, that it's some type of retro-modern take on the all-American station wagons that wandered the interstates like invading ant colonies in the 1960s and also 1970s. That's specifically why we dig it-- that and also the available 365-hp, twin-turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost engine. It should come as not a surprise that for this retrospective examination we decided to example the Flex Limited, the only method to obtain the meaningful V-6 (a 287-hp 3.5-liter normally aspirated V-6 also is readily available in the Flex).

Middle Age Was Ages Ago
While the Flex's favorable features haven't altered since it was introduced in 2008 (and also just enhanced with its updates for 2013), the competition has actually proceeded, as well as this Ford is beginning to reveal its age. The inner door panels are primarily difficult plastic, onto which soft-touch pads are included; the same plastic is utilized for the top of the dashboard, and it is made use of even more extensively the further rearward one moves in the cabin. Plop down in among the third-row seats, and you'll be surrounded by the things. It's also much easier to take a paleontological strategy to this day the Flex's interior by examining its various switches as well as buttons; the steering-wheel controls, for example, are a generation behind those in Ford's latest vehicles, and the Flex examined right here dealt with curly cutlines around the audio speaker grille on top of the dashboard and also an overhead sunglasses holder that really did not fit fairly squarely in its opening. The whole control panel was about half an inch better to the left-side door panel than to the right-side door panel, leaving an almost one-inch void on the traveler side. Newer Fords are much better in these areas.

Ford refreshed the Flex 3 years ago with a brand-new snout and included a touchscreen infomercial system with capacitive-touch dashboard controls and a pair of screens in the gauge cluster. Those basic elements carry over right into 2019 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD with one essential exception: The old MyFord Touch infomercial touchscreen has been changed with Ford's latest Sync 3 setup, which is easier to make use of as well as more responsive to inputs. While not transformative-- this is still an eight-year-old inside, besides-- the new screen is welcome. We just want Ford had also fine-tuned the touch-sensitive center-stack controls for the A/C as well as some audio features. They continue to be instead little, especially offered the amount of extra area around them, but a minimum of most every major adjustment additionally can be fiddled with using redundant controls on the Sync 3 screen.

Low, Fast, Flexible
For those with children, particularly those unusual rascals that make messes, the Flex's imperfections could appear even more like benefits. The plasticky interior little bits? Easy to clean! Flagging fit and complete? The youngsters will probably kick something and also damage it, anyway. Considered as a device for removaling one's family to and fro, the Flex beams. The relatively reduced trip height makes it very easy for little (or aged) ones to climb aboard, as well as loading things right into the Flex's cargo hold is a breeze. Fold up down 2 rows of seats and there's 83 cubic feet of delightfully cubic freight area. Even with the third-row seats in use, there's much-better-than-average travel luggage space thanks to a deep well behind the seats. The second-row captain's chairs are comfortable (although they do not have center armrests) and also are spaced apart in such a way regarding leave a reasonably sized pass-through aisle to the two rearmost seats (a three-person second-row bench additionally is readily available). Obviously, you can flip either second-row seat onward for access to the back, yet it's not required. The third-row chairs, by the way, are best suited for more youthful guests; this five-foot, ten-inch writer fit, but the pillow is low as well as there isn't much foot space under the 2nd row.

The Flex Limited EcoBoost design's optional $1595 "View Roofing" brings a range of glass roofing system panels, consisting of a power-sliding/-turning front sunroof, a pair of longitudinal glass panes above the 2nd row, as well as a second rectangle-shaped sunroof over the 3rd row. It was a hit among staffers as well as their children, but the actual fun is located under the hood. The 365-hp EcoBoost engine is amongst one of the most powerful found in a vehicle such as this, as well as though our test automobile trailed a 2013 Flex EcoBoost we formerly tested to 60 mph, it did the deed in 6.2 secs. Regardless of the engine speed, goose the throttle and also there's power on tap, all set to carry the Flex around like a smaller equipment. The compromise is gas economic climate, which, at 18 mpg over 1000 miles of driving (consisting of a trip from Michigan to Virginia as well as back), is right in accordance with the last Ford Explorer Sport we assessed. That Traveler had the identical engine as well as weighed regarding the very same, so the result isn't surprising, yet given the Flex's carlike look, it 'd be nice to fracture 20 mpg in typical use.

It would certainly additionally be nice if the quickest-- as well as we really feel the very best-- Flex, the EcoBoost, were slightly much more budget friendly, particularly provided its age. While the base version begins at $30,495, the engine is exclusive to the $43,995 Limited EcoBoost design. With a few choices, including a $3400 plan with flexible cruise ship control, power-folding third-row seats, a heated guiding wheel, power steering-column modification, as well as a 10-way power driver's seat; a $495 appearance plan with black trim as well as black-painted 20-inch wheels; and the abovementioned sunroof, the Flex we examined supplanted at $50,840. If you demand a carlike owning experience with serious off-the-line swiftness, there are couple of three-row, family-hauling alternatives to the Flex, however there are lots of much newer ones with much less punch that own nearly also. We still delight in the low-slung Flex's spiritual link to classic station wagons and also its admirably anti-establishment form, and we wish the version's reduced sales numbers won't hinder Ford from keeping it in the lineup-- as a matter of fact, we would certainly state it advantages a redesign.


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