We wouldn’t be so bold by saying that the Ford Flex is one of the most easily distinguished automobiles that is on the road today.
It’s the perfect choice for families that are seeking out a more modern version of the old-school station wagons that were popular during the 1980s. This seven-passenger crossover vehicle may not be a fan favorite for Ford lovers out there, though when it comes to flexibility, it is a wonderfully configurable machine.
A Brief History of the Ford Flex
The Ford Flex hit the market back in 2009 as a successor to the Ford Taurus X and the Ford Freestyle. It was first unveiled to the world at the 2007 New York International Auto Show as a seven-passenger vehicle that was not a minivan.
The Flexible and Adventurous Performance of the Ford Flex
The 2019 Ford Flex is available with two different V-6 engines, though both are 3.5L. The base engine puts out 287 horsepower with front or all-wheel-drive, while the twin-turbo V-6 puts out 365 horsepower with all-wheel-drive. This improves how the vehicle functions on all terrains, and prevents it from getting stuck in difficult or muddy areas.
The interior comes hooked up with Ford’s Sync 3 Infotainment system, three rows of seats, and an optional 12-speaker Sony audio system. Some of the available driver features include adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning. These are both safety features, and features that make the drive easier.
Through the Evolution of the Ford Flex
- First Generation Ford Flex (2009-2012)
The first-generation Ford Flex came with three different trim models and were available in both six and seven-passenger seating configurations. By 2010, Ford released a twin-turbocharged engine with EcoBoost technology and 355 horsepower. An automatic parking system became an option for higher trim models in 2012.
- Second Generation Ford Flex (2013-Present)
The second-generation Ford Flex received a few exterior upgrades, such as the new three-bar grille and a new “FLEX” emblem above the grille. A three-spoke steering wheel was included as well.
The Ford Flex in the News
In recent and unfortunate Ford Flex news, a 33-year-old man from Apple Valley died while driving on the National Trails Highway in the afternoon when he was hit head-on in his Ford Flex. This is definitely a negative news coverage and is worrying as it brings up the extent of safety features present in the Ford Flex.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Ford Flex
The Ford Flex is a pretty quirky vehicle, which means it is best-fitted with a quirky owner. We weren’t surprised to see famous comedian Gabriel Iglesias sporting his custom 2013 Ford Flex. That’s not to say it isn’t a cool ride as well, as hip-hop star Nelly could be seen showing off his 2009 Ford Flex when it first hit the market.
Best Ford Flex Groups
If you are looking to flex alongside other Ford Flex owners and enthusiasts, one of the best places to do so is Drive Tribe’s Ford Flex Owners Club. Here you can find tons of information, modifications, and answers to all of your Ford Flex questions.
The Ford Flex – The American Spaceship
The Ford Flex was always an outcast in the Ford Lineup, and unfortunately did not age as well as some of Ford’s other top SUVs. It looked more like a boxy UFO than a modern vehicle, which is likely why Ford won’t be continuing production of the Ford Flex when 2020 rolls around. With over ten years of flexing its powerful grille and long, square body, it is finally time for the Ford Flex to go into recovery.