We drove the 2017 Ford Flex to Squamish from Vancouver and we filled it up with a car full of people. The Flex can set up to 7 people in the car. We tested the car out in the city, off-road and on the highway to get a better feel of the vehicle.
The Flex is quite boxy and reminds me of a modern station wagon. It’s long and wide to maximize the space to fit everything inside. The overall look of the Ford Flex has been unchanged except for a few tweaks here and there since it’s debut is 2009. The look is very distinct and will stand out from the crowd. Some people online have created memes to compare it to a toaster or tissue box.
The Limited trim includes lower tier options plus 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, additional metallic exterior trim, upgraded wood interior trim, ambient interior lighting, a navigation system and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio.
There are lots of sensors around the car and a rear view camera to make parking a breeze. I find the sensors sensitive when an object really isn’t that close to the car. It can be good for some people.
Getting in and out of the vehicle is quite comfortable as the whole car sits low on the ground. With the boxy space, that means there is tons of space inside especially in all 3 rows of seating. Tall adults have no fear sitting in the rear seats.
The car is loaded with great tech features that will help make driving the Flex a breeze. With Sync 3, you can use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to have a better integrated experience with your cellphone. I love how easy it is to access calls, maps, music, and other items from my phone. A lot of the tech features really helps reduce the blind spots around the car.
There is 3 rows of seating and can accommodate 7 passengers with some extra leg and head room too.
The passengers can control the temperature and fans in the back. Also, there is an AC outlet in the back if you have things to plug in. A nifty feature that you don’t see too often.
When all the seats are up, there is still space to put a few bags and since the floor is lower, you can still fit quite an amount of things back there. When you start collapsing the seats, you have plenty of space to move around large objects.
There are electric buttons to help you configure the seats so you’re not straining your arms or back to adjust.
The engine has a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 Engine that produces 287 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Similarly with other cars, if you start adding in more passengers and cargo, the engine will definitely feel it and your gas tank too.
It handles well on tight corners and is responsive.
The ride while in town or on the highway is very comfortable for the driver and passengers. On the way back to Vancouver, everyone else fell asleep.
A cool feature is the keyless engine start and also, you can start the engine with the key fob before you’re in the car.
The Ford Flex isn’t a car for everyone.The fuel economy is an important drawback as a tank will definitely cost you. The price is a bit high for the Ford Flex, but if you’re looking for a spacious car to haul around your family and all their equipment across town or across the country, this might be the car for you.