The Ford Flex is a full-size family vehicle that features three-rows of seating, bold styling and is highly functional. The Flex competes directly in the popular crossover segment.The front-wheel or all-wheel drive Flex is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine.
New and only offered on the all-wheel drive is the 3.7-liter twin turbo V6 engine featuring EcoBoost?. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Class leading seven-passenger seating is standard on all trim levels. Available features include the SYNC communication and entertainment system, a Multi-Panel Vista Roof, interior refrigerator, and capless fueling.
Standard safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, stability and roll control, six airbags, and a tire pressure monitor. For 2010, the Ford Flex receives MyKey as standard equipment on all models, and trailer sway control is now included with the trailer tow package.
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The 2010 Ford Flex is a seven-passenger crossover wagon; optional captain’s chairs reduce seating capacity to six. It is available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels.
The base SE comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglamps, rear parking sensors, keyless entry and an exterior access code pad, cruise control, automatic climate control, eight-way-driver and two-way-passenger power front seats, a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split-folding second row (with power-activated 40 portion), a 50/50 split-folding third row, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a trip computer and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The SEL adds 18-inch wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, driver power lumbar adjustment, a six-way power passenger seat, wood interior trim, the Sync electronics interface system (optional on SE, includes Bluetooth and iPod control), an in-dash six-CD changer and satellite radio.
The last three items are optional on the SE. Options on the SEL include leather upholstery (third-row vinyl) and a 12-speaker Sony stereo. The SEL Convenience Package adds a power tailgate, heated mirrors, driver memory functions, adjustable pedals and a 110-volt inverter jack.
The Limited adds those SEL options, plus 19-inch wheels, HID headlights, satin aluminum tailgate trim, perforated leather upholstery, ambient lighting, a wood-trimmed steering wheel and a navigation system that includes real-time traffic and weather, a touchscreen interface, a single-CD/DVD player, digital music storage and a rearview camera.
Options on all Flexes include second-row reclining captain’s chairs and contrasting roof colors. The SEL and Limited can be equipped with the turbocharged V6, the Vista Moonroof (consisting of a power front sunroof and three fixed units over the two back rows), front parking sensors and a DVD entertainment system. The Limited can be had with 20-inch wheels and a refrigerated second-row center console.
The 2010 Ford Flex comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 producing 262 hp and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed ford 1automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is optional. EPA fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 16/22/18 with all-wheel drive.
Optional on the SEL and Limited is the turbocharged 3.5-liter “EcoBoost” V6. It produces 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic with manual shift control are standard. Ford estimates fuel economy to be 22 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.
The 2010 Ford Flex comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and rear parking sensors. A rearview camera is optional.
The Ford Flex’s interior quality is top-notch, with abundant soft-touch materials and an attractive, upscale design. The spacious layout affords true seven-passenger seating — even the third row is hospitable for full-size adults.
The optional reclining second-row captain’s chairs shrink seating capacity to six, but comfort increases. With either configuration, the standard power-folding mechanism in the second row makes getting into the third easy. With the rear seats lowered, the Flex can hold 83 cubic feet of stuff.
The available Microsoft Sync system lends the Flex a high-tech character, offering trick features like advanced voice-recognition software for iPods as well as cell phones.
Other intriguing options such as the Vista Moonroof, Sirius Travel Link and rear-console refrigerator extend the Flex’s appeal. This year’s addition of a telescoping steering wheel corrects one of the Flex’s few glaring problems, making the driving position friendlier for drivers of above-average height.