I bought this car over the weekend and tried a few different cars, including the CX 5, the Equniox, the Murano, the Durango and both the Ford FLEX 2012 and 2013. I loved the Flex for it's quite ride and great handling. Of the vehicles I tested the Flex and the Equinox had the most comfortable ride and of those 2 I preferred both the price and options on the Flex. The Flex has a long wheelbase - think Chevy Suburban long - which helps absorb the bumps. On the road I have found the Flex to be quite and easy to drive, it does not drift when you let go of the steering.
The Flex is not the quickest from a stop, but it has plenty of passing power with good visibility. The 2013 steers smoother
I personally like the ability to use the climate control from the steering wheel as well as check gas mileage and trip infromation. A handy feature and easy to use.
I would like to see the instruction manual made clearer and easier to understand. I am a first time car owner and a dummy guide to owning the car would be really helpfull, preferably with clear, color and large illustrations.
I was looking at a couple SUV's and the Explorer was the last one on my list.
Having owned a Scion xB in the past the salesman said I should look at the flex and I am so glad I did!
Gets better gas mileage, better price, less money for more and I LOVE the appearance package.
I opted for the SEL, Nav, 201A package, Ruby Red with black roof, tow hitch, and Appearance package.
With the free Appearance package incentive, rebates, and some negotiation I paid just under $34K.
I never thought I could get such a loaded SUV/crossover for such a great price.
Super happy with the look and the spacious interior. Love all the feature of the Sync system!
Look of the Appearance package.
My friends thought I bought aftermarket rims and did a custom paint job on the car.
It looks very high end and I get complements all the time.
When the flex first came out in 2009 I thought it was lame. Now I feel as if I am rocking a land rover. Love heated seats, Parking sensors/backup camera, Navigation, the phone sync features and bluetooth playback. Love power tailgate! Interior is also very stylish and looks and feels high end.
The only other car I felt rivaled it was the Pathfinder. When 3rd row is up there is a extra pocket of space (Like most minivans have) this makes a big difference in how much you can store back there with 7.
Sliding 2nd row seats.
There is sooo much legroom in the second row you feel like you are in a limo.
If you could scoot those seats forward a couple inches the 3rd row would also be very comfortable. I am 6'2" and it was tight when I sat back there, if there was some more room this would really improve the car. Keys are Gigantic. I know you can get the push button start is you get the limited but I would suggest a folding key for the SEL and SE like Mazda and VW does. I wish you could set the sensitivity of the touch screen.
When you go from using a smartphone all day, the amount of pressure you need to push a button feels too hard. Add spoiler to Appearance package.
We got rid of an Odyssey after 12 years and bought the Edge.
Had it for two years and found it too small for 4 and a dog.
Checked out the Flex one day and it was really a pleasant surprise.
Big seats that heat and cool, powerful engine for passing.
AWD for the snow and ice we have.
It rides like a heavy car use to ride, but handles like a dream.
Drove in two mountain passes with 4-5 inches of unplowed snow at 28 degrees.
No slush and it handled well.
I did notice some slipping in corners, but I was going fast for the conditions.
It corrected itself well.
Kids are almost 6' and have super leg room in the rear.
2nd row seat have lots of leg room.
Adaptive cruise control is awesome.
heated and cooled seats.
easy to use Sync System.
I've been using it for 2 years and find it easy once you learn what is where.
I also like the navigation portion.
Oh, and the parallel parking feature... pretty cool too.
I was chicken to try it out, but it works great.
Capless gas cap is nice.
ability to turn off notification items like the horn honking when I step outside the car with it running and the FOB in my pocket.
Mirrors that fold and open automatically with the car ignition.
My First Flex was a 2010 Limited with EcoBoost.
It was one of the first production models with Ecoboost and I had some growing pains with turbos brakes, calipers, and fuel injection.
Ford covered it all with no complaints. I just bought a 2013 Flex with Ecoboost and this car is a total upgrade to the 2010. Ride, power, comfort, quietness, amenities are totally transformed.
Ford totally believes in this car with the engineering upgrades they have done.
I put a lot of windshield time behind the wheel being a salesman.
This car rocks for someone needing carrying capacity, comfort, yet entertaining to drive, its quick.
Its a Mini Cooper on steroids.
Ecoboost, Limited package 303A, Appearance Package, the Volvo inspired front seats for comfort, airbags everywhere, HID headlights, LED lighting, and the ability to custom change the interior lighting 10 different combinations....you're in Vegas baby!
All Ford needs now is make available a "low rider option"
Roughly 8 months ago, I traded in my 2012 ford flex limited for a 2013 Ford C Max Hybrid. (I had owned a 2009 and 2011 Ford Flex previously)
Although the C Max was OK, I found that I wasn't
driving enough miles to save that much gas money. Was giving up a lot of room and comfort, so went back to the Flex. The Ford Flex is by far the favorite car of my wife and I.
I am a retired automobile sales representive, (30 plus years) and have owned and driven many makes and models.
Really enjoy the push button start and the engine remote starter, which both are standard on the 2013 Limited Models. This was not available on the older models.
I have no panoramic this time, and don't seem to miss it.
I have no doubt that this 2013 will give me the same care free service as my previous Flexs' did.