2009 Ford Flex Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Ford Flex - Road Test Specs

2009 Ford Flex Wagon

(3.5L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleLimited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Base MSRP$36,810
Options on test vehicle2nd-Row Power Seats ($870); Vista Roof ($1,495); Navigation System With Back-Up Camera ($2,375); White Two-Tone Roof ($395).
As-tested MSRP$42,390


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine type60-degree V6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3496 / 213
Block/head materialAluminum / Aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves/cyl, variable valve timing (intake)
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3:1
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)262 @ 6,250
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)248 @ 4,500
Transmission type6-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.484, II = 2.872, III = 1.842, IV = 1.414, V = 1.000, VI = 0.742, R 2.882, FD = 3.39


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson strut, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Steering typePower steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.0:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS-A
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP255/45R20
Tire size, rearP255/45R20
Wheel size20X front - 20X rear
Wheel materialPolished alloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.5
0-60 mph (sec.)8.8
0-75 mph (sec.)13.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.5 @ 84.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)8.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)128
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.2
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.77
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.2
@ Full throttle (dB)74.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)66.4

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsShifts before redline, but engine noise is hardly obtrusive. Doesn't feel like it's working at high rpm. No significant acceleration difference despite several launch techniques.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsNothing special about these brakes. Pedal has very long travel and doesn't offer a defined effectiveness point. Fade easily achieved.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsAggressive stability control defines the limits here. Calibration does encourage car to go where it's pointed. Again, with the heavy-handed stability control there is little real driving going on here. Best technique is smooth and slow in an effort to not upset electronic gods.

Testing Conditions

Test date7/15/2008
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)83.8
Wind (mph, direction)2

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 City / 22 Highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)15.4 (combined)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,640
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,828
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)201.8
Width (in.)75.9
Height (in.)68.0
Wheelbase (in.)117.9
Track, front (in.)65.4
Track, rear (in.)65.4
Turning circle (ft.)40.7
Legroom, front (in.)40.8
Legroom, rear (in.)44.3
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)33.3
Headroom, front (in.)41.8
Headroom, rear (in.)40.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.4
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.1
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)50.8
Seating capacity7
Cargo volume (cu-ft)15.0
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)83.2


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/60,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front, rear and third row
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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