Used 2012 Ford Flex

2012 Ford Flex
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2012 Ford Flex

Pros

  • Spacious and versatile cabin with genuine three-row space
  • refined ride
  • excellent safety scores
  • high-tech features
  • turbocharged engine option
  • unique styling.

Cons

  • Standard second-row bench doesn't slide
  • less maximum cargo space than some rivals
  • EcoBoost models get very pricey.

Used 2012 Ford Flex for Sale

Ford Flex 2012 Titanium 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
119,526 miles
Used 2012
Ford Flex
Titanium
Auto Buying Service
17.5 mi away
List$10,995
Est.Loan: $205/mo
$300 Below Market
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Ford Flex 2012 SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
73,134 miles
Used 2012
Ford Flex
SEL
(2)
Monster Auto Group
32.4 mi away
List$12,434
Est.Loan: $232/mo
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Ford Flex 2012 SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
119,408 miles
Used 2012
Ford Flex
SEL
(1)
Nation Motors of Fredericksburg
48.6 mi away
List$10,995
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Ford Flex 2012 SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
110,324 miles
Used 2012
Ford Flex
SEL
(1)
Sport and Imports
52.3 mi away
List$10,897
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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Ford Flex 2012 SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
38,442 miles
Used 2012
Ford Flex
SE
Aero Motors
56.8 mi away
List$13,995
Est.Loan: $261/mo
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Dealer Notes
Meet our versatile eye-catching, Accident-Free, One-Owner 2012 Ford Flex SE shown in an incredible Dark Blue Pearl Metallic. Powered by our proven Duratec V6 that offers an incredible 285hp. This 3.5 Liter is paired with a 6 Speed Selectshift Automatic that helps you secure near 25mpg while carting up to 7 people. Ford's Flex offers fully independent frontrear suspension for an amazingly smooth and comfortable ride on about any street out there. You will love the rectangular shape and sharp lines of Flex and one drive you will fancy its upscale, smart design.Step inside to be one with the modern ergonomic fingertip controls. You will find everything inside this Flex as ultra comfortable for you and your crew with ample storage, navigation, and cubbies. Plug your smartphone in for ultra audio while you enjoy a feel for everything our Flex has to offer. We find it simply outstanding!Ford's own Flex is one of the safest vehicles on the market today offering AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, a backup camera, Reverse Sensing System, 6 airbags, MyKey and Tire Pressure monitoring all designed to help keep everyone safe. When it comes to versatility, style, and performance Ford Flex is the answer. Print this page and call us Now... We Know You Will Enjoy Your Test Drive Towards Ownership!
Ford Flex 2012 SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
115,373 miles
Used 2012
Ford Flex
SEL
Sunset Auto Sales
65.9 mi away
List$11,990
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Ford Flex has the space, the versatility, the features and the driving dynamics to make it a top choice among large family crossovers. However, the very thing that makes it extra appealing to some (styling) may drive others away.

vehicle overview

Since its debut back in 2009, the Ford Flex has been one of our editors' favorite vehicles. For two years we kept one in our long-term test fleet, and the Flex proved to be just as popular with our staff moms as it was with our staff bachelors. Curiously, this acclaim hasn't been matched by the American public -- Flex sales have always trailed those of competing vehicles. Perhaps it's the Flex's boxy, funky styling that some people find to be too radical. But whatever the reason, they really are missing out.

For one, that boxy styling makes the cabin quite spacious for people and their stuff. When you opt for the second-row captain's chairs, the Flex is reduced to a six-person seating capacity (from seven), but the added sliding feature not only increases comfort in that row, but expands legroom in the third row. As such, the Flex is the rare crossover that allows 6-footers to comfortably fit (and reach) all three rows.

In addition to space, the Flex also comes with plenty of useful features. Even the most basic 2012 Ford Flex comes packed with creature comforts, while the upper trims can be equipped like a luxury car. As with most new Fords, high-tech features are in abundance, from the Sync portable electronics interface to the automatic parking system. From a family standpoint, the optional twin-screen entertainment system and second-row refrigerator should keep the kids happy on long drives.

Of course, if the Flex's styling is a no-go for you, the new Ford Explorer is mechanically related. It can't match the Flex's space and versatility, but it does counter with a higher-quality interior. Outside of the Ford family, GM's large crossovers  like the 2012 GMC Acadia, 2012 Buick Enclave and 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, have room for eight and are long-distance champs. For a sportier alternative, the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is the top choice, while a greater amount of practicality can be gained from minivans like the 2012 Honda Odyssey. But if it were our money, there's a good chance a 2012 Ford Flex would once again end up in our driveway.

2012 Ford Flex configurations

The 2012 Ford Flex is a large crossover/wagon available in six- or seven-passenger configurations. There are four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and Titanium.

The base SE comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, rear privacy glass, rear parking sensors, cruise control, air-conditioning, a six-way power driver seat (manual recline), front seat manual lumbar adjustment, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40 split second-row seat (with power-flip portion for easy access to the third row) and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

The SEL adds 18-inch wheels, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat (with power lumbar), a six-way power front passenger seat, satellite radio and the Sync system, which includes Bluetooth phone connectivity, an iPod/USB audio interface, turn-by-turn navigation service and traffic reports.

The Limited adds 19-inch polished alloy wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights, a power tailgate (with a large satin aluminum trim piece), driver memory functions, power-adjustable pedals, perforated leather upholstery (third row vinyl), a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a rearview camera, a navigation system, real-time traffic updates and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with a CD/DVD player, HD radio and digital music storage. Most of these items are optional on the SEL. The Titanium is essentially a special trim package that adds 20-inch wheels, different exterior and interior trim, and faux-suede upholstery inserts.

Optional on every trim level are roof side rails, sliding and reclining second row captain's chairs and a console to go between those captain's chairs. All but the base SE can be equipped with a multipanel rear sunroof (Vista Roof) and a rear seat DVD entertainment system with screens built into the front headrests. The Limited and Titanium can be equipped with a refrigerated compartment in the optional second-row console, a power-folding third row and heated second row captain's chairs. The EcoBoost models can also be equipped with an automatic parking system.

2012 Highlights

For the 2012 Ford Flex, the "EcoBoost" turbocharged V6 is no longer available on the SEL trim. The rear windscreen wiper has been relocated for better coverage, while a flip-out armrest with cupholders has been added to the second-row bench seat in the Limited and Titanium trims. You can also now get the roof side rails with the optional Vista Roof.

Performance & mpg

Every 2012 Ford Flex comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 262 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. In Edmunds performance testing, a front-wheel-drive Flex went from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined with front-wheel drive. AWD drops those estimates to 16/22/18.

Optional on the Flex Limited and Titanium is a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (dubbed EcoBoost) that produces 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters are standard. The EcoBoost-equipped Flex hits 60 mph in a swift 6.6 seconds. Despite the power increase, fuel economy drops just a tick to 16/21/18.

Safety

The 2012 Ford Flex comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and rear parking sensors. A rearview camera is optional. In brake testing, a Flex Limited with the standard 3.5-liter engine stopped from 60 mph in 131 feet -- average for the class -- and the EcoBoost wasn't significantly different.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Flex the highest possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.

Driving

The 2012 Ford Flex isn't all that inspiring from behind the wheel, but it certainly is not disagreeable, either. The ride is always comfortable -- even with the bigger wheels -- soaking up bumps in the road with luxury car ease. The base V6 is adequate for a vehicle this size, motivating the Flex with enough gusto to keep up with competing crossovers. The six-speed automatic can be frustrating, though, often refusing to downshift unless you put your foot to the floor.

The twin-turbo V6 is a different story, giving the Flex a sport wagon flavor and offering direct control of the transmission via the standard shift paddles. The tighter suspension, quicker steering and lower ride height also allow the Flex to corner with more immediacy and confidence. Sporty it's not, but a turbocharged Flex should supply enough excitement for the majority of drivers.

Interior

Though not quite as high end as Ford's new Explorer or refreshed Edge, the Flex's interior quality is quite good, with abundant soft-touch materials and an attractive, upscale design. The spacious layout affords seven-passenger seating, and even the third row is sufficient for adults. The optional reclining second-row captain's chairs reduce seating capacity to six, but comfort increases and their ability to slide forward expands third-row legroom. With either configuration, the standard power-folding mechanism in the second row makes getting into the third row a snap. With the rear seats lowered, the Flex can hold 83 cubic feet of stuff. This is less than minivans and several other large crossovers, but the Flex's conveniently boxy shape makes the most of what it has.

The available Microsoft-engineered Sync system lends the Flex a high-tech character, offering trick features like advanced voice-recognition software for iPods as well as cell phones. Other intriguing options such as the Vista Roof, Sirius Travel Link and a rear-console refrigerator extend the Flex's appeal.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Ford Flex.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Skeptic Turned Convert
nateinphoenix,07/10/2012
As a man in his mid-thirties, I watched the "dad-mobile" shift from the station wagon in the 70's to the mini-van in the late 80's, then again to the SUV in 90's and finally to the present day cross over (which will eventually inherit the "dad-mobile" moniker as soon the current trend is recognized for the mainstay is has become). I swore that I would never surrender my manhood to drive anything that could be confused with any of those humiliating words. Yet, from the moment I reluctantly test drove, to the moment I enthusiastically purchased the Flex, I have loved it and have no regrets! The interior space is phenomenal, the finishing clean and refined, and the ride excellent! Thanks Ford!
2012 Flex Owner
baybones,11/14/2011
Favorite features, too Many but we like that it less expensive than many vehicles that we look at for the comfort and what you get is very comfortable seating lots of room not all piled up, excellent handling for as big as it is. So far we love the Flex as much as we did are Ford Windstar.
Not your Father's station wagon
dogbettor,11/28/2012
I bought my new 2012 Flex SEL three months ago. My last two cars were Lincoln Towncars. I was shopping for a Minivan Crossover SUV station wagon or a reasonable facsimile. While at an Infinity dealer I spotted and drove a used Flex that they had on their lot. The ride was the best I had driven including the Infinity and Lexus models. So I went to the Ford dealer. The inventory of Flex models numbered 3, while the Edge offerings were more than 30, the Explorer more than 20. The sales rep said the Flex isn't advertised much and is not a great seller. After driving the Explorer and the Edge I was determined to buy a Flex. I wanted a ride close to that of my Towncar.
Nicest Car ive owned
jthorpe1576,04/16/2014
Anyone who knows me would be surprised I am leaving a review. I love cars and have had alot of them. But this is the most luxurious boat I have ever owned. I bought it for my wife as a surprise with 26k miles on it SEL leather, the works. Went to pick it up having never looked at it or driven one and I couldn't believe it. Im 6'5" tall and I have more room in the front and second row then any car I have been in. A 7 series BMW is probably the closet thing in back seat room. UNREAL! Having 2 kids in car seats, we got the captain chairs in the middle row. GREAT IDEA. My wife averages about 18mpg all city, and on trips we get 24mpg hwy. Its not turbo but has PLENTY of power for a 6cyl.
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Features & Specs

MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
262 hp @ 6250 rpm
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
262 hp @ 6250 rpm
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
262 hp @ 6250 rpm
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed automatic
Gas
262 hp @ 6250 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover16.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2012 Ford Flex
Used 2012 Ford Flex Overview

The Used 2012 Ford Flex is offered in the following submodels: Flex Wagon. Available styles include SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Titanium 4dr Wagon AWD w/EcoBoost (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A), Titanium 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Titanium 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/EcoBoost (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Ford Flex?

Save up to $300 on one of 7 Used 2012 Ford Flex for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $10,897 as of11/15/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Ford Flex trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Ford Flex SEL is priced between $10,897 and$12,434 with odometer readings between 73134 and119408 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Ford Flex Limited is priced between $12,395 and$12,395 with odometer readings between 122823 and122823 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Ford Flex SE is priced between $13,995 and$13,995 with odometer readings between 38442 and38442 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Ford Flex Titanium is priced between $10,995 and$10,995 with odometer readings between 119526 and119526 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2012 Ford Flex?

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