By on February 7, 2017

2017 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost - Image: © Timothy Cain/The Truth About Cars

2017 Ford Flex Limited

3.5-liter V6, twin-turbo, DOHC (365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm; 350 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm)

Six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive

15 city / 21 highway / 17 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

15.7 city / 11.2 highway / 13.7 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

16.0 mpg [14.7 L/100 km] (Observed)

Base Price: $30,920 (U.S) / $33,689 (Canada)

As Tested: $50,180 (U.S.) / $58,339 (Canada)

Prices include $895 destination charge in the United States and $1,790 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada.

My sister hates the Ford Flex.

She’s never driven a Ford Flex, mind you. She just hates the way it looks.

I, on the other hand, am a huge fan of the Ford Flex’s exterior design, particularly in Blue Jeans paint, particularly without these black wheels.

There are only two sides to this argument. There is no middle ground on which you stand and declare, “Meh, it’s alright.” Since 2008, consumers have fallen on either one side of the fence or the other. You either love the Ford Flex, or you hate the Ford Flex.

Based on the Flex’s lack of marketplace success, there are apparently too many haters. Some nine years after the Flex was launched, inspired in 2008 by the 2005’s Ford Fairlane Concept, Ford’s alternative crossover is increasingly forced into an ever-narrowing niche. The style quotient remains high — at least in the eyes of those who’ve always loved it — but the Flex now manifests too many signs of old age in a market full of remarkably competent and more popular challengers.

THIS FLEX
At Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in 2005, way back before George W. Bush’s second inaugural, Ford wowed the crowd — or at least some of it — with the Fairlane Concept.

Suicide doors, a tailgate that opened every which way, and boxy styling cribbed from then Ford-owned Land Rover foretold Ford’s replacement for the Freestyle, which would become the Taurus X by the time the production Flex rolled around. Built on Ford’s D4 platform (an update of the Freestyle/Five Hundred D3 platform based on an updated version of Volvo’s P2 platform), the Canadian-built Ford Flex arrived in 2008 as a 2009 model. Ford hoped to sell 100,000 copies of the Flex per year but has averaged fewer than 28,000, never once topping the 40,000 mark in the United States.

EcoBoost availability in 2010, a refresh for the 2013 model year, and minor updates throughout its tenure — there’s SYNC3 now, for instance — have never inspired an increase in demand.

2017 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost Blue Jeans - Image: © Timothy Cain/The Truth About Cars

Loaned to us for the week by Ford, this 2017 Ford Flex arrived in top-trim Limited guise. The basic $30,920 Flex SE comes only with the 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated, 287-horsepower V6 and front-wheel drive. The $33,625 Flex SEL makes all-wheel drive a $1,950 option. AWD is still a $1,950 option on the $39,125 Flex Limited, but the Limited also makes available the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost engine.

If you want the 3.5 EB, however, you’ll have to select AWD and a 303A Equipment Group that drives the price up to $47,820. To that base Flex EcoBoost price, our tester added $2,360 in options, including the multipanel vista roof and an appearance package with a black roof and black wheels.

The resulting $50,180 MSRP is frightening, but keep in mind, Ford is currently discounting that price by $2,750 before negotiations even begin.

THIS FLEX’S FAULTS
If you had somehow never laid eyes on a Flex, you’d still know it was old as soon as you hopped into the driver’s seat. The font accompanying the shifter seems to shout at you with all the caps lock intensity your grandmother employed on Facebook for the last two weeks because she’s too embarrassed to ask anyone how to get the lowercase goodies back.

“YOU’VE SELECTED DRIVE, ONE NOTCH PAST NEUTRAL!” No need to be angry about it, Babushka.

The steering wheel buttons for audio and cruise control are positively archaic and fiddly to operate. The doors are approximately as heavy as a SportKa. The wavy appliqué that stretched across the dashboard was left over from some Ford designer’s circa 2008 basement reno. It was stylish. So were puffy shoulder pads.

Yet in more practical terms, it’s the Ford Flex’s prodigious heft that speaks loudly of its outdated architecture. The Flex Limited EcoBoost is nearly 200 pounds heavier than the Toyota Highlander Limited Platinum, more than 500 pounds heavier than a Honda Pilot Touring and Mazda CX-9 Signature, and nearly 900 pounds heavier than the new GMC Acadia Denali. Granted, the largest of this group, the Pilot, is 7.3-inches less lengthy than the Ford Flex.

2017 Ford Flex Limited profile - Image: © Timothy Cain/The Truth About Cars

As a result, the 365-horsepower turbocharged V6 doesn’t make the Flex feel that quick off the line, although the hilarious levels of torque steer would lead you to believe otherwise. But once all that inertia is overcome, once you’ve begun to push a brick through the air, and once the 20-inch wheels start rolling, the powerplant comes into its own, providing ample passing power and outstanding off-ramp enthusiasm. A Nissan Pathfinder this is not.

But dipping into the reserves of an artificially aspirated engine that doesn’t make max power until 5,500 rpm has a deleterious impact on fuel economy. We averaged a frightening 16 miles per gallon in a mix of urban and highway driving. An F-150 with the 3.5-liter EB is less thirsty.

Thanks to the 117.9-inch wheelbase, ride quality isn’t bad, but the 20-inch wheels on 255/45R20 Hankook Optimos tend to crash about on rougher roads. Long gone is the time when enlarged wheels and low-profile rubber were used to enlarge a car’s contact patch. These wheels are here purely for style on a vehicle that isn’t — and perhaps can’t be — remotely athletic. There’s a pervasive sense of burden, of mass-inspired recalcitrance. The Flex doesn’t like to change directions and rolls excessively when forced to do so.

Making matters worse, all that weight has not created a vehicle that manifests modern structural rigidity. In only its second week-long test since coming off the Oakville, Ontario, production line, this Flex already revealed the early signs of creaking and groaning around the rear doors when traversing uneven pavement.

THIS FLEX’S FORTES
Nevertheless, much is forgiven when using the Flex in the way it’s supposed to be used: as a minivan replacement.

Though the market is littered with three-row crossovers, few utility vehicles can adequately live up to the minivan when it comes to regular three-row use. The Flex’s mechanisms for accessing the third row aren’t up to snuff, but actual ingress is straightforward, and space is sufficient. Moreover, second row space is lounge-like, and there’s room for stuff behind the third row. The Flex’s boxy shape allowed Ford to perfectly position all seven seats without concerns for head and hip room.

At 202-inches long, you expect a vehicle to be spacious, but don’t assume the 195-inch long Pilot or 191-inch-long Highlander will be anything as family friendly as the Flex. And the Ford Explorer that shares the Flex’s underpinnings? It’s kind of cramped.

2017 Ford Flex Limited interior - Image: © Timothy Cain/The Truth About Cars

Child seat installation was a breeze. Visibility is outstanding. The vista roof panels let in loads of daylight, enhancing the feeling of space. Road and engine noise are kept to a minimum, although the Flex’s brick-like shape incites too much wind roar.

Up front, SYNC3 won’t wow you, but it’s intuitive and seemingly reliable. Too many capacitive touch controls below the touchscreen are irksome, but there’s nothing complicated about their operation. And at $50,180, the Flex is blessed with a high feature count: power liftgate, power-folding third row seats, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and active park assist.

The Flex is also perched at an ideal height. There are only 5.9 inches of ground clearance. You slide in and slide out. No climbing, no falling. That’s good news for those of us (me) who went skating on the Halifax Oval during the Flex’s visit and found out our (my) knees ain’t what they once were.

2017 Ford Flex Limited Blue Jeans front - Image: © Timothy Cain/The Truth About Cars

FINAL FLEX FINDINGS
Ford can safely assume you’re not going to buy a 2017 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost tomorrow. We can safely assume you won’t buy a new Flex next year or the next, either. The numbers don’t lie.

I understand. I didn’t buy one, either.

But the Flex is still the kind of vehicle we ought to welcome on our highways and in our driveways. Its height serves a purpose. The shape is conducive to family life. The engine is mighty. In a world chock full of me-too two-box crossover silhouettes, the Flex is proof that automakers sometimes allow designers to have fun.

The Flex needed a significant revamp three or four years ago. The Flex didn’t get that revamp. The market began to rapidly move toward SUVs and crossovers, but Ford had not allowed the Flex to keep pace with evolving times. In too many ways, the Flex is not up to par. Not surprisingly, by 2020, there won’t be a Flex to buy.

But for the minivan buyer who doesn’t want a Dodge Durango, a Chevrolet Suburban, or a minivan, putting up with the Ford Flex’s faux pas could be worth it, especially if you can afford the EcoBoost V6 and tolerate its drinking habits.

And some people will think it looks amazing in your driveway.

[Images: © 2017 Timothy Cain]

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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69 Comments on “2017 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost Review – It’s Been Almost A Decade...”


  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I wanted an Flex Ecoboost AWD when they came out, and I still want one now.

    Just not ready or financially able to swing $50K on a family hauler.

    • 0 avatar
      NotFast

      In this case, depreciation is your friend.

      And a Livernois tune for the Ecoboost is your best friend.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        Depreciation only helps so much with this car.

        I’m finding used 2014-16 Flex EcoBoosts around here with ~50,000 miles (something like a third of the expected useful life for a vehicle like this!) and they are still commanding high 30s, compared with mid-40s new.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Try the Lincoln version.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            I just did. There’s only one EcoBoost one anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, but once you get into other parts of the country it seems anywhere from about the same as the Flex to slightly cheaper. And the interior is lovely (when judged as a Ford and not a luxury car). But oh my god the styling is so hideous…

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The hearse styling notwithstanding, you can really lowball dealers stuck with them.

            MY15 Lincoln MKFlex AWD Ecoboost V6

            01/10/17 Manheim Chicago Factory $29,500 3,014 Below Black 6GT A Yes
            01/25/17 Manheim Minneapolis Lease $32,000 3,467 Avg Beige 6GT A Yes
            01/24/17 Manheim Chicago Factory $30,900 7,695 Avg Black 6GT A Yes
            11/30/16 Manheim Detroit Factory $33,800 7,942 Above White 6GT A Yes
            01/03/17 Manheim Kansas City Factory $34,600 15,728 Above White 6GT A No
            01/25/17 Manheim Detroit Factory $31,200 22,868 Avg Black 6GT A Yes

            MY15 Lincoln MKFlex FWD Non-Ecoboost V6

            01/11/17 Manheim Detroit Factory $25,100 9,431 Above White 6G A Yes
            01/19/17 Manheim Tampa Lease $23,300 30,866 Avg Silver 6G A Yes
            01/12/17 Manheim Tampa Lease $23,100 37,792 Avg Black 6G A Yes
            01/25/17 Manheim Nashville Lease $22,600 37,932 Avg Black 6G A Yes
            01/23/17 Manheim Digital Marketplace Lease $22,900 38,289 Avg 6G A Yes
            02/02/17 Manheim Nevada Lease $22,400 38,675 Avg Black 6G A Yes
            01/26/17 Manheim Texas Hobby Lease $21,800 40,250 Avg Silver 6G A Yes
            01/17/17 Manheim Statesville Lease $22,000 42,777 Avg Black 6G A Yes
            01/31/17 Manheim Digital Marketplace Lease $21,900 42,927 Avg 6G A Yes
            01/12/17 Manheim Dallas Lease $22,100 43,924 Avg Black 6G A Yes
            01/23/17 Manheim Darlington Lease $20,700 50,095 Below Black 6G A Yes

          • 0 avatar
            Adam Tonge

            Used prices on MkTs are great and will get better. Well, if you can deal with the exterior.

    • 0 avatar
      NexWest

      My wife, from Poland, always says “funeral car” when she sees one of these.

  • avatar
    red60r

    Flex — the box the Scion XB came in. Kinda like a Babushka doll.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Wanted to like this – I really did – but I never really warmed to it.

    And this car is really staying in production for another couple of years? Amazing.

  • avatar
    runs_on_h8raide

    I like the Flex. I’ve driven it and it is a fine ride, indeed. That was back 2012. If I had a family it would be high on the list, probably right behind a Honda Odyssey.

    Here is what’s funny about this vehicle…if there was a Subaru badge on this vehicle and not a Ford oval, Subaru wouldn’t be able to make enough of them.

  • avatar
    make_light

    Only 5.9 inches of ground clearance? I’m pretty sure a Mazda 3 has more than that.
    But I love this car. If it wasn’t so giant, I would probably try to buy a used one. But as a single guy I just can’t justify the size. City parking could be a nightmare.

  • avatar
    Hoodedhawk1

    As others have noted, its too damn expensive. I’ve looked at it again and again, but I can’t see the value. I love the idea and the execution, but I can’t get past the price.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    This would be the ultimate road trip car for my family. But it’s so big and unwieldy that it would just sit around when not being used for road trips. And it’s too expensive — waaaay too expensive — to not be used every day.

    My wife also hates the styling with the heat of a thousand suns, but if it made financial sense I could probably get her past that.

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff Semenak

      My wife did not like it until, she drove it. She thought her co-workers wouldn’t like it. They love it too. Sometimes say one thing and mean another. Envy, or afraid of speaking their minds. We got the base SE and, on an uphill on-ramp it was plenty fast for her. How long ago was 275 HP standard on a Base anything for 30K?

  • avatar
    Ermel

    Meh, it’s alright.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    I looked at these, but they’re a hard sell versus both a traditional minivan (less space, heavier, worse ingress/egress) and the contemporary Lambdas were better crossovers for people who wanted crossovers.

    So, unless you wanted (and could afford) the EcoBoost variant but for some reason didn’t want to drive a car with a premium badge, the Flex was a second or third choice in just about every category.

    About the only thing I don’t understand is the sales gap versus Explorer. The Flex is still better than it, even in crossoverishness. I suppose that one’s down to styling.

    • 0 avatar
      gtemnykh

      I agree psar, I don’t understand the appeal of this. I guess the Ecoboost variant has a silly amount of power, but for $50k and a bent for dynamics in a family hauler I think I’d be shopping Hemi-Durangos (that. If utility is the point then for a price that undercuts that $50k you get an opulent Odyssey Touring or Sienna Limited AWD. So I guess if you really want a fast family hauler with a good third row (better than Durango/Highlander/CX9/etc) that sits a bit lower to the ground then the Flex is the car for you.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    I always thought they should have stuck with the Fairlane name.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    Please keep saying bad things about the Flex. It will drive down residual values and make one more affordable for me. My ‘rents have an awful Outback, won’t be driving much anymore, and after looking at whats out there I can’t think of a better vehicle for transporting two seniors, one obese and one disabled with limited mobility to their doctor appointments. Plus, I can mooch it for Home Depot runs and road trips.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    I like the concept. I like how fast it is with that turbo 3.5.

    But for a vehicle that isn’t selling at a third of the projected volume, the price sure is eye-watering. Someone I know bought an Ecoboost, 1-year old used for a steep discount. That’s the smart choice.

    Those black wheels are horrible, it looks like Ford is proactively equipping it for the BHPH lot.

  • avatar
    ronald

    1. We love our 2010 Flex. Serves great as a family hauler. It drove MUCH better than the minivan competition, and we have never wanted for room to haul people or stuff. Reliable, quiet, etc.
    2. 20 inch wheels on a Flex? Mark the time; I think 20 inch wheels just jumped the shark.

  • avatar
    alfaromeo

    15/21 MPG, this isn’t for family car in my book. And also, as others point out, it’s too expensive.

  • avatar
    omer333

    Damnit, TTAC’s got me checking Autotrader for late-model Flexes and Durangoes.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    I too like the concept. But believe that the Taurus X/Freestyle was a better size.

    The Flex might however make the ultimate family trip/long trip rental vehicle.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Got one as a rental upgrade a few years ago and really liked it, but we had no need for a vehicle that large at the time. Fast forward to today and I am borrowing my sister’s 2012 Explorer every other weekend to feed my 10-year old adoptee’s desire to participate in dog shows. I parked the Explorer next to a Flex the other weekend and came away with the impression that the Flex really was a fair bit larger inside. While I am tempted, I still believe that a true minivan with sliding doors and all would be much more useful for how we now use it, even if I think the Flex looks cooler than a van. The sacrifices we make for kids…

  • avatar
    thegamper

    I had leased a 2009 limited FWD for my wife, I still feel it was the nicest car I’ve ever owned, perhaps a little nostalgic at this point, but very well appointed and fantastic ride. Solid road feel, did not feel nearly as portly as it’s curb weight would suggest.

    It turned alot of heads back then, perhaps induced vomiting as well I suppose. But it was a fantastically functional vehicle and a nice place to spend time. I’d consider another, but it is sort of a relic at this point, but with a deep discount, I could be pursuaded.

  • avatar
    Coolcar2

    Oh the Flex, I too wanted to love it. It has character in spades from the outside but once inside it is a total letdown! I looked at these many times throughout the years but couldn’t pull the trigger because of price and that damn interior. Oh and my wife hated it! There is something about those extremely vertical interior door panels that look so cheap to me. And the seats are so flat too. Oh well the Explorer gets all of the love while the Flex dies on the vine.

  • avatar
    deanst

    Ford Canada has 2016 models starting for $27,000 or about $20,000 US$ – great value!

  • avatar
    scdjng

    Ford may not sell a ton of these, but I think they are not smart to launch a second generation. The average Flex buyer is a non conformist. The Flex is the only family hauler that doesn’t look like everything else. Also, Flex buyers tend to love them. I know two couples who are on their second Flex. Ford would be dumb to not cater to that crowd.

  • avatar
    Heino

    I have always liked it. My wife does not, she thinks it looks like a hearse. My kids call it the coffin car. There are three (hot) moms in my neighborhood who drive them, so I guess it isn’t just a guy thing.

  • avatar
    incautious

    $50K?!I almost wet my pants laughing so hard.

  • avatar
    dont.fit.in.cars

    Like it a lot but it’s for short people. Places your feet together and center consul is a wall your knee bangs into.
    Love the sliding rear seats and the two tone paint.

  • avatar
    SunnyvaleCA

    >>>
    powerplant comes into its own, providing … outstanding off-ramp enthusiasm
    <<<

    You must be driving in the Bay Area, where the highways are so clogged that you accelerate on the off-ramp to get up to the speed of traffic of the side streets!

  • avatar
    Dan

    “We averaged a frightening 16 miles per gallon in a mix of urban and highway driving. An F-150 with the 3.5-liter EB is less thirsty.”

    An F-150 also has literally twice the tank capacity, at least if you have the sense to tick the option box for it, which keeps that thirst out of sight and out of mind nearly all of the time. The pint sized tank in this one means a pit stop every 200 miles.

    Do other people really not mind stopping for more gas every five days? I know that the answer to this is no, doubly so since half of them don’t even fill up all the way when they do stop, but it would bug the hell out of me.

  • avatar
    jimf42

    A friend of mine has a Flex..I have ridden in it numerous times. It rides great, feels very well screwed together and is reliable. It does not have the Ecoboost engine, but has plenty of pep for its intended purpose. It is very well equipped and has a great roomy interior.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    I’ve always liked the looks of the Flex, but that gas mileage is a bad joke. With an EPA highway rating of 21 mpg you know it’s going to be more like 18 mpg at real world interstate speeds.

  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    Still want one …still going to get one in 3 years when the stop making them…

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Have you ever stopped at a light on a road with two lanes in each direction and had someone who was directly behind you pull over to the empty lane beside you and then think to yourself, “you don’t need to go over there, buddy, you’ll still be behind me when I take off.”

    Like it’s some sort of challenge? Not racing, just making sure you aren’t impeded unnecessarily.

    No?

    Maybe it’s just me.

    Anyway, this happened to me the other night in a turning lane. The other car was a Flex. I was in my modified Legacy GT wagon and I wasn’t particularly interested in this person trying to cut in front of me to make the turn most people make that I was also going to be making.
    When the light turned green I proceeded with more vigor than they were expecting. This caused them to go wide open once the road straightened and maaaaaaaaaan, the Ecoboost Flex is pretty dang quick. I might have been able to keep pace if we went WOT at the same time, but there was no way I was going to catch up so I let off the throttle and tucked my tail between my legs and cruised home.

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    This wasn’t oval and jelly-bean enough for people Who Want To Look Down Upon All Ye Motorists.

    The good products go off and die and there is no wondering why. Enthusiasts don’t buy cars. They jack off on them while browsing the internet.

  • avatar
    musicalmcs8706

    My mom and I both have loved the Flex since it came out. Granted, we are both wagon lovers who each have our own station wagons. My dad and sister both hate how it looks. I’ve driven several over the last few years, and always come away impressed, and those were all with the base engine, not the EcoBoost. In fact, a slightly used Flex was number two on my shopping list after the Volvo V60 if I had waited until this year to get a new car. Instead I ended up with my Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

    If I ever need a larger vehicle, these will definitely be on my short list!

  • avatar
    DevilsRotary86

    Count me in on the “Love it” camp. Just my wife and I never could justify actually buying one. It’s too big for our tastes, and I have never bought anything but 2 door manual transmission coupes (usually with 2+2 seating). When it came time to buy a new car last year, I did considered it, or rather its Lincoln MKT sibling in used form. But I just can’t break with my tradition. So Mustang it is. And my wife continues to drive her Fit.

  • avatar
    plee

    I am always amused at the reaction from readers when a fully loaded vehicle is written about such as this example of the Flex. Then the comments start, “I wouldn’t pay $50 grand for this piece of blank.” By far the largest percentage sold of any given car line are not the maxed out versions. A typical Flex Limited fwd with standard engine lists for about$42-$43K. A local dealer has a new 2016 in stock for $37611 plus taxes, list $42455. Writing an article about that level of vehicle would relate much more closely to what most people buy. This applies to any make by the way.

    • 0 avatar
      mburm201

      You make a good point. The top-end trim levels that are typically reviewed are pretty rare out in the rural Midwest where I live. I’m actually looking at possibly buying a used Flex later this year. Of the 38 used Flexes available in our area, one has the Ecoboost option. While I’m sure the Ecoboost would be a lot of fun, the NA 3.5 is adequate and has better mileage and reliability.

  • avatar
    1998redwagon

    towing. towing. towing.

    and

    lounger, lounger, lounger.

    if you drive mucho miles and tow a camper and want to have room to relax and need/want a competent highway cruiser then consider a flex or its stablemate the ever elusive mkt. my boys love traveling in that vehicle and it was one of a very few that could haul our pop up camper legally. most minivans are not rated to haul much more than 2,000# tops.

    yellowstone, badlands, utah, washington dc, detroit. some of the many trips we took. making memories.

    if your idea of vacation is flying, rental cars and hotels then just keep looking.

  • avatar
    scottcom36

    I’d like to cover the sides of one with Di-Noc and put on some Country Squire badges.

  • avatar
    Jeff Zekas

    This review shows that you need to OWN a car for a couple of years, to know what is right (and wrong) with it. A brief day drive tells you nothing. In my two years driving a Flex: Constant glitches in the computer system. Door open sensor that failed for no reason. A useless third seat. More touchscreen failures. Small interior for such a large car, almost claustrophobic. Leather interior which was thin and cheap. Difficult ingress and egress for folks who have mobility problems. Overly sensitive tire pressure sensors. A Ford dealer who refused to fix glitches under warranty, claiming that I “broke” the touch screen and door sensor (which is hard to understand, since all I did was drive, shut the door occasionally, and being sixty two years old, I am not prone to hot rodding or slamming the door or messing with the electronics). All this in a car with less than 36,000 miles. Would I drive another Flex? No, not unless Ford offered a 100,000 mile 10 year warranty and forced dealers to honor that warranty. As it is, the Flex felt no better than the Pinto I owned, decades ago.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Just not a fan. A proper minivan like the new Pacifica or the Kia Sedona would be my picks if hauling duty was called for. The vomit inducing wheels and Robbie the robot front end are also turn offs as is the piggish weight, mileage and comical price of this thing. I paid that much for an entire house!

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    I’m with your sister….I don’t get it. And an almost $60K CAD ask for this? Now, I really don’t get it!

  • avatar
    Robert

    Last summer I drove a fully loaded EB Flex w/5,000 miles on it as a rental from SFO to PDX. Took four days and cruised up the coast the entire way, through all of the crazy twisties in the redwoods. I had myself, two teenagers, two other adults, and a child. Everyone fit, everyone’s luggage fit, and zero complaints about legroom or visibility thanks to the massive sun roof array. The Flex was as much fun as a six seater car could possibly be. Fantastic ingress and egress, modern barco lounger seats and captain chairs in the middle, and no shortage of ooomph or responsiveness to driver input when needed. No, not a Miata, not even an x5, but a remarkably fun car. Were I needing to regularly haul that large of a crowd around Ford would have my money.

  • avatar
    WildcatMatt

    To me, the Flex is a lot like the old Pacifica and suffers from the same problem as the Aztek. It’s a great idea but the execution requires too many compromises to win as a high volume/mass market vehicle.

    We actually looked at a Flex before we landed on the ’07 Pacifica; my wife wasn’t sold on the looks of the Flex and while the extra cargo space is great, it doesn’t help if one of your reasons for not getting a minivan is the length.

  • avatar
    Tomsriv

    Too bad the Dodge Magnum couldn’t stick around longer. They sold in low numbers too but have a huge cult following.


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