Quick Summary The 2015 Ford Flex Limited with EcoBoost is a stylish alternative to more traditional three-row SUVs. Some have described it as looking like a big Mini or a hearse, but no matter how you see it, the Flex is one of the most functional vehicles on the road.
It's also one of the older vehicles on the road, having been around largely unchanged since 2009. That's the main reason why the interior feels dated, there's more road noise than you'd expect and the ride isn't as refined as the current crop of three-row crossovers.
What Is It? The 2015 Ford Flex is a three-row crossover with seating for up to seven. It's available in either front- or all-wheel drive with a choice of two engines: a base 3.5-liter V6 with 287 horsepower and a turbocharged version of the same engine with 365 hp. The only available transmission is a six-speed automatic.
There are three trim levels: SE, SEL and Limited. The base SE has 17-inch wheels, manual-folding second- and third-row seats and Bluetooth connectivity among other features. Midgrade SEL versions get 18-inch wheels, an eight-way power driver seat, and an 8-inch touchscreen interface with MyFord Touch. A rearview camera and power liftgate are optional.
Topping out the range is the Limited tested here. Keyless entry and ignition, a power liftgate, rearview camera, 12-speaker stereo, 19-inch wheels and more are standard. Collision warning, automatic parallel parking, adaptive cruise and power-fold-and-tumble third-row seats are optional.
How Does It Drive? The 365-hp EcoBoost V6 is the power plant the Flex should have had since Day One. It gives this big crossover the ability to accelerate effortlessly in nearly any situation. The EcoBoost V6 has the passing, merging and hill-climbing prowess that the non-turbocharged motor simply doesn't. This is no small task considering that the Flex tipped our scales at 4,967 pounds.
We measured a 0-60 time of 6.2 seconds. That's pretty quick for a vehicle of its size. For comparison, that's on par with the V6-powered Honda Accord sedan.
As powerful as the turbocharged V6 feels, the engine lacks refinement. Even at part throttle there's an unpleasant coarseness that only gets worse as speeds increase. This is something we didn't notice in the newer Ford Explorer that uses the same engine.
Fuel economy is also an issue compared to some other vehicles in the class. The EPA rates this powertrain at 18 mpg in combined driving (16 city/23 highway). We averaged 15.3 mpg, with a best tank of 20.3 mpg. The EPA estimates are within the realm of possibility, but you need to drive with a very light foot to achieve them.
On the plus side, the Flex drives smaller than it is. The seating position is lower than that of more mainstream crossovers and the center of gravity doesn't feel as high. This means that the Flex drives more like a large car than a large car on stilts. There's not a lot of body roll, and thanks to all-wheel drive, all of its power gets to the ground without any drama. Few vehicles of this size are as much fun.
What's the Interior Like? As you might expect from a vehicle of this vintage, everything feels a little dated. The materials are a little coarse, the sunroof a little squeaky and the cabin's a little light on cup/small item storage. There's also more wind noise than we remember.
It's also saddled with the nearly buttonless haptic-touch center console that's frustrating to use. There's a reason Ford has changed this setup on some of its newer models like the Explorer and the Edge.
Though the front seats lack some lateral arm space, the seat cushions are generous and comfortable. Second-row passengers have leg-, head- and hiproom to spare. And unlike the "only-on-rare-occasions-and-only-with-someone-else's-kid" third rows in some other crossovers, the back-backseat in the Flex is usable by adults.
What About Cargo? The second and third rows fold flat, and the liftover height is low enough that loading even heavy stuff is a breeze. Maximum cargo capacity is listed at 83.2 cubic feet, which is just a tick more than the Explorer. And thanks to the squared-off shape of the Flex, all of that space is very usable.
With all seats in their locked and upright position, there are a full 20 cubic feet of space behind the third row. This thing will swallow bikes, surfboards, an entire home's worth of Ikea stuff and, if you equip it right, tow 4,500 pounds, too.
What Features Does It Have? If you want plenty of features, the Flex Limited has them. It comes standard with leather seats, rain-sensing wipers, HID headlamps, dual-zone climate control, Ford's Sync with navigation, a rearview camera, parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring.
Optional equipment on our tester included active park assist, adaptive cruise, 20-inch wheels, a multipanel vista roof, a white two-tone roof and inflatable seatbelts in the rear.
How Much Does It Cost? The 2015 Ford Flex starts at $29,995 for a base FWD SE model. The Limited starts at $38,595 and climbs to $43,295 with the EcoBoost V6 and all-wheel drive. With options, our tester had a sticker price of $49,945.
What Competing Models Should You Also Consider? Chevrolet Traverse: Like the Flex, the Traverse has been around awhile, but it's still a great three-row crossover thanks to its spacious cabin, abundant features and solid performance.
Ford Explorer: Though visibility isn't as good as it is from the Flex, the new Explorer is a solid crossover that's quiet, comfortable and equally as capable.
Honda Pilot: Honda's latest three-row crossover is a triumph of packaging with tons of usable space and a long list of available features.
Why Should You Consider This Car? Because you audibly groaned each time you thought about owning one of the cars listed above. The Flex is cool! Sure, it's got some issues, but it's got power and it doesn't look like everything else at soccer practice. Third-row access and room are also very good.
Also, it's available with green paint and a white roof. How cool is that?
Why Should You Think Twice About This Car? Unless you absolutely love the look of the Flex or plan to shove adults in the third row frequently, the 2016 Ford Explorer is simply a better, more modern package.
The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.
2015 Ford Flex Overview
The 2015 Ford Flex is offered in the following submodels: Wagon. Available styles include SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Flex models are available with a 3.5 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 287 hp, depending on engine type. The 2015 Flex comes with front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2015 Flex comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Price comparisons for used 2015 Ford Flex trim styles:
The 2015 Ford Flex Limited is priced around $25087 with average odometer reading of 32819 miles.
The 2015 Ford Flex SE is priced around $19910 with average odometer reading of 21673 miles.
The 2015 Ford Flex SEL is priced around $23511 with average odometer reading of 53023 miles.
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Vehicle SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Review We had twins and needed to upgrade in size of vehicle. We will not drive a mini van and SUVs can be too large. We traded in a smaller Mercedes SUV, and we find this FLEX to be more comfortable and more features than our Benz. The Flex is a tremendous option for those who dont want a van but still would like to have a large rear door opening. The Flex is by far the most comfortable driving car I have been in (including Audi, Cadillac and Benz). The seat is comfortable and the arm rests are in perfect spots. We have the adjustable pedals as well which are the icing on the cake. PROS: -size, amazing what you can fit in here. Back seat passengers have amazing leg room -the tech. The backup camera alone is the best camera on a vehicle I have seen. Bright, great field of view and clear. (Cadillac's by comparison are terrible!) the options on this with a simple package are amazing. The Germans are pros at nickle and diming you for every single option that will add $10k to the price of the car when you are done. -comfort - incredible how quiet a bigger vehicle like this is to drive. Steering is not too light, either. -looks. - I know it is subjective, but with the Platinum package with black roof, black 20" rims and black badging, it really looks great )I highly suggest taking a look at this, for the standard package looks a lot different and "cheaper" -features such as the adjustable pedals and power lift gate with the button on the side, rather than on the gate to have to reach up to hit, the folding rear seats that fold flat, and even when up, provide some trunk space (try that Suburbans) -drives smaller than it is. AMAZING turning radius, better than most cars, makes it easy to park and manuever -AWD system worked very well in the snow and with the traction control, provided a great winter driver -completely changed my view of Ford. The design is incredibly well thought out. Several little things you find and say "well that is clever!" (like the 120 standard outlet in the rear of the center console.) CONS: -Gas mileage is on par with a larger SUV which is to say is much less than a mini van -the memory seat and mirrors, cannot be used while not in park. Come on FORD! I know this is a "safety issue" but that just means i am scrambling to adjust my mirrors and seats as I am going down the road after my wife drives the vehicle (kinda annoying) -sacrifice of not having a minivan, third row access is only by lifting middle seats up (there is an auto button to flip the seat up which is really nice, but cannot operate with a child seat. I believe there is a "captains chair" option for the rear/mid seats, but we have standard bench style) All in all, we love the car and will be keeping this car. It is hard to beat in looks and comfort for the price with the amount of options it actually has.
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2015 ford flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 20 combined MPG 18 city MPG/25 highway MPG
2015 ford flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 19 combined MPG 17 city MPG/23 highway MPG
2015 ford flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 20 combined MPG 18 city MPG/25 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2015 Ford Flex?
Available Ford Flex 2015 Submodel Types: Wagon
Available Trims: SEL, Limited, SE, Titanium
Exterior Colors: White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Blue Metallic, Shadow Black, Mineral Gray Metallic, Oxford White, Kona Blue Metallic, Black Clearcoat, Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Kodiak Brown Metallic, Tuxedo Black Metallic, White Suede, Ginger Ale Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Redfire Clearcoat Metallic, Sterling Grey Clearcoat Metallic, White Gold Metallic, White Suede Clearcoat, Bordeaux Reserve Red Metallic, Brilliant Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Bronze Fire Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Cinnamon Clearcoat Metallic, Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Steel Blue Metallic, Black, Dark Blue Pearl Metallic, Dark Ink Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Earth Metallic, Guard Metallic, Magnetic Metallic, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Too Good To Be Blue Metallic, Tuxedo Black, White Suede Metallic
Interior Colors: Dune leather, Charcoal Black premium leather, Dune cloth, Medium Light Stone cloth, Charcoal Black w/Gray Inserts premium leather, Charcoal Black cloth, Charcoal Black leather, Medium Light Stone premium leather, Medium Light Stone leather, Charcoal Black w/Gray Inserts leather, Dune premium leather
Popular Features: Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Sunroof/Moonroof, Towing Hitch, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Cooled Seats, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Third-row seating, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Auto Climate Control, Heated seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Mobile Internet, Multi-Zone Climate Control, AWD/4WD, Upgraded Engine, Back-up camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Leather Seats, Navigation, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Remote Start, Upgraded Headlights, Rear Entertainment System