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MSRP: $29,015 - $42,375
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MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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Ford Flex Review

The 2014 Ford Flex ranks 10 out of 21 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Flex, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Ford Flex is ranked:

Test drivers say that a spacious interior and refined driving experience are among the qualities that make the 2014 Ford Flex a comfortable family vehicle.

The Flex is powered by a V6 engine that automotive writers say makes adequate power. However, many prefer the optional turbocharged V6 for its added strength. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, and reviewers say it shifts smoothly. Fuel economy is rated up to an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. Reviewers say the 2014 Flex has a comfortable ride and fairly nimble handling for a seven-seat SUV. They also say the steering wheel feels neither too light nor too heavy, which helps make the Flex easy to maneuver in tight spaces like parking lots.

Reviewers say the Ford Flex has a classy, well-designed interior. There is some disagreement about the quality of the materials used, but most agree that the seven-seat Flex has comfortable seats in all three rows, which is rare praise for a three-row SUV, as critics typically say the third row is cramped. The Flex has less cargo space than some rivals, but reviewers still find the Flex's cargo hold spacious and useful. Standard features on the Flex include Ford's SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and voice commands for phone and music controls, which reviewers say works well. Options include a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system and Ford's MyFord Touch infotainment system, which features a touch screen to control climate, audio and navigation functions. Some reviewers say that MyFord Touch doesn't respond to inputs very well or very quickly, so you should test the system before you buy a Flex that has it.

  • "The 2014 Ford Flex offers a desirable combination of space, versatility, features and solid driving dynamics. It's a top choice among large, seven-passenger family crossovers." -- Edmunds
  • "Competitors like the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango and Chevrolet Tahoe can tout maximum tow ratings and off-road capability, but the Flex chooses to focus on transporting people over paved surfaces. It's striking and stylish as well as functional and useful - a fine combination similar to minivans and SUVs in capabilities, but clearly different from both." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Call it a full-size station wagon if you will - though Ford would prefer not to, opting for the less-homely crossover designation instead - the Flex effectively fills the family-vehicle hole left by the departed Freestar minivan in the Blue Oval's lineup." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Ford Flex is a compelling alternative to a minivan or large SUV because it offers smart styling, generous interior room, and a pleasant driving experience.” -- Automobile Magazine (2013)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Chevrolet Traverse is praised by reviewers for its high-quality and spacious interior that offers among the best cargo space in the class. Although it is one of the larger midsize SUVs, test drivers are also impressed with how easy it is to maneuver the Traverse in tight spaces.

Reviewers say the Mazda CX-9 is one of the most fun-to-drive midsize SUVs available, with a strong engine and sporty suspension. Additionally, the CX-9 has more overall cargo space than the Flex, which may make it a better choice for growing families.

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Details: 2014 Ford Flex

The 2014 Ford Flex seats up to seven and comes standard with front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard, while all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine are optional. A six-speed automatic transmission comes with both engines. The Flex comes in three trims: SE, SEL and Limited. The Flex was refreshed for 2013, but is otherwise largely unchanged since 2009. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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