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Three-row crossovers may have replaced the minivan as the preferred form of family transportation, but that doesn't mean they're all hip. Enter the Ford Flex, which is a lot like a large wagon, but in a stylish way. By adding a few Mini Cooper-inspired design touches (such as the blacked-out roof pillars and contrasting roof colors), the Ford Flex strikes us as perhaps the coolest choice among seven-passenger crossovers. It also happens to work just fine as a family vehicle with its roomy cabin, comfortable ride, excellent build quality and pleasant driving dynamics.
Used Ford Flex Models
The Ford Flex was introduced for 2009 and ran through 2012 mostly unchanged. The standard (and only) engine offered for that first year was the 3.5-liter V6, then producing 262 hp. Three trims were offered: base SE, midlevel SEL and plush Limited. Although generally very well-rounded and comfortable, the first-year Flex lacked a telescoping steering wheel, which made it difficult for taller drivers to get comfortable.
The following year Ford introduced the telescoping steering wheel as well as the turbocharged, 355-hp 3.5-liter V6 option. For 2011, the glitzy, chrome-wheeled Titanium trim level joined the lineup. Oddly, the next year would be the last for the Titanium as well as the last before the Flex's midcycle refresh. As such, all these Flexes lack a few notable upgrades of the current version, such as new front-end styling (which dispenses with the former, seemingly Schick-inspired three-bar grille), a more powerful (285-hp) 3.5-liter V6 and the availability of cutting-edge features such as MyFord Touch, the automated parking system, inflatable second-row seatbelts and adaptive cruise control.
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