Used 2019 Ford Flex
Pros & Cons
- Interior is spacious and versatile for cargo or passengers
- Outward visibility is excellent for such a large vehicle
- Turbocharged V6 engine has an abundance of power
- Standard second-row bench does not slide
- Advanced safety features have limited availability
- Difficult to use some controls
Which Flex does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.0 / 10
Contrary to rumors or predictions, the 2019 Ford Flex is still around. This large wagon is undeniably aging, having been carrying on without a full redesign since its debut for the 2009 model year. Yet, we're just fine with that. We like the distinctive exterior styling and its interior that is spacious, flexible, and easy to configure for passengers and cargo.
Power continues to come from one of two engines. The standard 3.5-liter V6 produces 287 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque and is competitive within the traditional three-row SUV segment. And if you want more power, the Flex's optional turbocharged engine produces a stout 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
The Flex's interior seats seven, or you can load lots of cargo by folding down seatbacks as you need them. With its turbocharged engine, the Flex also has a stout tow rating of 4,500 pounds. And thanks to its reasonable ride height and large windows all around, all passengers get great views of the outside.
If you want the latest in vehicle design, though, the Flex probably isn't for you. Fuel economy is down compared to competitors — or rather, its competitors have improved over the years. The latest in advanced driver safety aids are available, but only on the most expensive trim level. And the Flex's interior design, while functional, lacks the cutting-edge styling and materials that modern cars have.
Still, for some buyers, namely those who prioritize function over form, the Flex still presents a worthy investment.
Ford Flex models
The 2019 Ford Flex is a large SUV-like wagon that can seat either six or seven passengers and is available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 (287 horsepower, 254 pound-feet of torque) that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available for the SEL and Limited trims. The Limited trim is also eligible for a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (365 hp and 350 lb-ft) with standard all-wheel drive.
Standard feature highlights for the SE trim include 17-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors, rear privacy glass, a keyless-entry keypad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power driver's seat (with manual recline), 60/40-split folding second-row seats with an auto-folding passenger side, 50/50-split folding third-row seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch central display screen, voice controls, and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player and a USB port.
The SEL adds 18-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, foglights, keyless entry and ignition, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control with manual rear controls, wood-appearance interior trim, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, a USB port and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The SEL trim is eligible for the 202A option package, which adds a power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, power-adjustable pedals, driver-seat memory settings, leather upholstery (vinyl for the third row), a 110-volt household power outlet and an upgraded seven-speaker audio system.
The range-topping Limited trim includes all of the above plus 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, additional metallic exterior trim, upgraded wood interior trim, ambient interior lighting, a navigation system (optional on the SEL), and a 12-speaker Sony premium audio system with HD radio. The Limited trim is eligible for the 301A package that adds an automatic parallel parking system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats and power-folding third-row seats.
Additional options are dependent on trim and include 20-inch wheels, roof rails, a tow package, a panoramic sunroof, black exterior and interior trim, upgraded leather upholstery and inflatable second-row outboard seat belts.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Ford Flex Limited Wagon (turbo 3.5L V6 | 6-speed automatic | AWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Ford Flex has received some minor revisions, including the addition of the latest Sync 3 infotainment interface. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Flex, however.
|Overall||7.0 / 10|
Noise & vibration6.0
Ease of use5.0
Getting in/getting out8.0
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2019 Ford Flex video
2018 Ford Flex Features Rundown
NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Ford Flex, but since the 2019 Ford Flex is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.
Our experts like the Flex models:
- BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert
- Warns you if a car is lurking in your blind spot or approaching from the sides when backing up.
- Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support
- Warns you if a potential front collision is detected and applies the brakes if you don't act in time.
- Keeps teen drivers safer by restricting the top speed, limiting audio volume, and disabling the stereo until the seat belt is buckled.
Ford Flex vs. the competition
2019 Ford Flex
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Ford Flex vs. Ford Explorer
With nearly identical powertrains and cargo volume, the big difference between the Flex and the Explorer will be where you can go and how comfortable your passengers will be. The Flex features more street-oriented handling and stability thanks to its lower ride height and longer wheelbase. Third-row passengers will enjoy the Flex's roomier third-row seats. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Ford Explorer.
Ford Flex vs. Honda Pilot
The Pilot has a crossover SUV design, unlike the Flex and its more wagonlike look. It also gets better gas mileage and can carry one more passenger. In general, the Pilot is newer and more up-to-date. Otherwise, both people haulers have similar layouts. The Flex's main advantage is its optional turbocharged V6. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Pilot.
Ford Flex vs. Chevrolet Traverse
For those who will be consistently transporting more than five people, the Traverse may make more sense. It can seat up to eight passengers. Also, the Traverse has more interior space for cargo and, like the Pilot, is a newer design. But the Traverse's V6 can't match up to the Flex's optional EcoBoost turbocharged V6.
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According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Ford Flex:
- There are no new changes for 2019
- Part of the first Flex generation introduced for 2009
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How much should I pay for a 2019 Ford Flex?
The least-expensive 2019 Ford Flex is the 2019 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $30,575.
Other versions include:
- SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $33,290
- SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $35,240
- SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,575
- Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $43,590
- Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $38,790
- Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $40,740