2018 Ford Flex

2018 Ford Flex
Save up to $9,192
MSRP range
$30,285 - $43,295

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Difficulty using some controls
  • Advanced safety features have limited availability
  • Standard second-row bench does not slide
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Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Ford Flex.

We Love Our Flex
BoyMom, 9/19/2017
Honestly we traded in our 2014 Flex for this 2018, while I do believe the dealer screwed us a bit on pricing, I feel that ford stepped up their game, sync is amazing now and the iPhone connection is just a dream. Feels great not as smooth as our old flex, not sure why, and Im not sure why they are stating that there is worse mileage now but controls I would say are great, I've always loved the turning radius and it still has it, as well as all of the room it has. Im not sure I agree with a lot of the experts review, but it did put a damper to my excitement of getting it, wish I had never looked. And the 12volt really should be standard
Flexing in my Flex
Shondy, 2/6/2018
It’s a spacious car for the money. I never would have thought I’d own a ford, but here I am loving it. Mostly great review of this vehicle, couple drawbacks but they’re minor in comparison.
We just bought our SECOND Flex
Susie, 4/19/2018
We have owned a Flex since 2012 (bought a ‘10 with 30k Miles on it.) That one has 140k on it now and we knew we wanted another one, and got an ‘18 on a whim because it was exactly what we wanted and the incentives and financing were great. We didn’t trade the old one. We are donating it to someone who can use it for many, many more worry free miles.
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2018 Ford Flex video

I'm Edmunds editor Josh sadlier and this is a rundown of the features you'll find in the 2018 Ford Flex the Flex is a unique alternative to large SUV's providing similar interior space in conjunction with unique styling and a powerful turbo v6 engine available on top trim levels out of the three available trims we think the SEL is the right mix of features for your dollar the SEL rolls on 18-inch wheels and upgraded brakes while the interior offers dual zone climate control heated front seats a 10-way power driver's seat a six-way power front passenger seat and ford's powerful sync 3 and fo tainment system if space for stuff and easy access are your primary requirements the flex remains a great choice the flex has plenty of cargo space and a power liftgate is available in an option package that also includes rear cross-traffic alert power adjustable pedals leather upholstery and an upgraded sound system the second row has plenty of room to stretch out and the third row is tolerable for average height adults the snappy infotainment system has powerful voice controls and supports Android auto plus apple carplay on the downside the Flex has annoying touch sensitive controls for climate and audio functions while the steering wheel buttons are difficult to use and poorly labeled the flexes front seat cushions are flat and featureless support for long-distance driving is lacking and the short seat bottoms may not be comfortable for taller drivers the Ford Flex is top competitors include the Honda Pilot the Toyota Highlander and the Hyundai Santa Fe bottom line the Flex hasn't had a full redesign since it debuted in 2009 so it's beginning to feel a little old still it's hard to find a vehicle with similar styling and cargo space elsewhere making the Flex a unique option for your next new car [Music]

2018 Ford Flex Features Rundown

Even as the 2018 Ford Flex enters what could be its final year, it's a smart pick if you need a three-row crossover with plenty of passenger and cargo flexibility as well as strong performance. In this video, we highlight the key features that matter most. From mpg, interior space and technology to design and comfort - these pros and cons will help steer you toward a perfect car.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$32,995
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
287 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$34,945
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
287 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$30,285
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
287 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$40,445
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
287 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Flex safety features:

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.
MyKey
Keeps teen drivers safer by restricting the top speed, limiting audio volume and disabling the stereo until the seat belt is buckled.

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
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2018 Ford Flex for Sale

Ford Flex 2018 SEL 4dr Wagon AWD  (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
New 2018
Ford Flex
SEL
MSRP$42,130
Est.Loan: $732/mo
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Dealer Notes
1st & 2nd Row Floor Mats, Adjustable Pedals w/Memory, Appearance Package, BLIS Blind Spot Information System, Equipment Group 202A, Exterior Mirrors w/Security Approach Lamps, Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats w/Perforated Inserts, Leather-Trimmed Heated Bucket Seats, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, Memory Driver's Seat & Exterior Mirrors, Multi-Panel Vista Roof, Power Converter 110V Outlet, Power Liftgate, Premium 7-Speaker Audio System, Shadow Black Painted Grille Center Bar, Shadow Black Painted Roof, Shadow Black Sideview Exterior Mirror Caps, Unique Finish Door Trim Appliques, Unique Finish Instrument Panel, Wheels: 20 High-Gloss Ebony Black. Oxford White 2018 Ford Flex SEL AWD 6-Speed Automatic 3.5L V6 Ti-VCT
Ford Flex 2018 SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
New 2018
Ford Flex
SEL
MSRP$39,580
Est.Loan: $687/mo
Great Deal!
Great Deal!
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Dealer Notes
2018 Ford Flex SEL FWD Shadow Black w/ Charcoal Black Leather... Call Koons Sterling Ford at 1-800-796-2075... NOT AVAILABLE FOR TRANSFER... Call us about Additional Rebates that may be available to reduce your price even further! Some examples of Additional rebates that you may qualify for include Active Military, Recent College Grad Competitive Lease Conquest Rebates... WOW prices include some available rebates and incentives that may not be compatible with special rate programs and may require Ford Financing on select models! Financing is subject to approved credit. All prices are special internet prices only and do exclude freight, tax, tags, and processing. WOW prices are valid based on manufacturer incentive program time periods and may vary based on zip code. Please let us verify all rebates that you qualify for... We are a full-service Ford Dealership. We have an Excellent Finance Department and secure financing for the majority of our customers. WE WANT YOUR CAR and are offering top dollar on nice trades. Be sure to call for availability. With our Best Deal WOW Price up front on all In Stock vehicles, our vehicles have been selling very quickly. If you are not local, no worries. We have been selling vehicles throughout the U.S. for many years. We will gladly handle everything for you to ensure that this is an exceptional car buying experience. Give us a Call and let us WOW you with our Great Prices, Excellent Service and Top Quality vehicles!
Ford Flex 2018 SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
New 2018
Ford Flex
SE
MSRP$31,690
Est.Loan: $568/mo
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More about the 2018 Ford Flex

If you need to transport up to six passengers, a whole bunch of cargo or a mix of both, the 2018 Ford Flex is a smart choice for a three-row family hauler. A blend of large wagon and crossover, the Flex has a boxy shape that's both versatile and distinctive.

Standard feature highlights for the base SE trim include rear parking sensors, heated mirrors with integrated blind-spot sections, a keyless-entry keypad, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, 50/50-split folding third-row seats, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch central display screen and Sync voice activation. We recommend stepping up to the SEL trim, which will get you 18-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, keyless entry and ignition, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control with manual rear controls, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver seat, and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

To that, we suggest adding the 202A options package, which includes a power liftgate, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, a 110-volt household power outlet and an upgraded audio system. The range-topping Limited trim includes all of the above plus 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, power-folding mirrors, a navigation system and a premium audio system. The Limited trim is eligible for a more powerful turbocharged V6 as well as the 301A package that adds an automatic parallel parking system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and power-folding third-row seats.

Additional options are dependent on trim and include all-wheel drive, 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.

The Flex is showing its age after eight years without a major redesign. It's particularly dated on the inside, with an out-of-vogue design and an abundance of hard plastics. It's unclear at this point if we'll see a redesigned Flex soon or if this may be the end of the line. We're hoping for a return, as this alternative to the traditional large SUV or minivan was a staff favorite. Use all of Edmunds' tools to help you find the perfect Flex for you.

2018 Ford Flex Overview

The 2018 Ford Flex is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Ford Flex?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Flex and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Flex 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Flex.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Ford Flex and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Flex featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 Ford Flex?
2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36,390. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $8,132 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,132 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$28,258.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is22.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,940. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $8,814 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,814 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$27,126.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is24.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 9 2018 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2018 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,280. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,675 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,675 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$24,605.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is21.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2018 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Flex Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2018 Ford Flex Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,185. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Flex Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $9,192 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,192 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,993.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Flex Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is19.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2018 Ford Flex Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Ford Flex Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2018 Ford Flex Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

Which 2018 Ford Flexes are available in my area?

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