2019 Ford Flex

2019 Ford Flex
Save up to $8,101
2019 Ford Flex
Save up to $8,101

What’s new

  • There are no new changes for 2019
  • Part of the first Flex generation introduced for 2009

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

  • Standard second-row bench does not slide
  • Advanced safety features have limited availability
  • Difficult to use some controls


Which Flex does Edmunds recommend?

There are a few ways to build out your Flex, but we think the SEL provides the ideal balance in terms of included equipment and cost. Add option group 202A for more safety, convenience and luxury features.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3 / 5

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.

Trim levels & features

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.

Trim tested

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.

Driving

3
Thanks to its optional 365-hp turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive, the Flex has plenty of power and traction. We're less fond of the steering and braking, however. In general, the Flex isn't as enjoyable or easy to drive as some newer rivals.

Acceleration

4
When it comes to acceleration, the Flex is a solid performer, especially with the available EcoBoost V6. With that engine, the Flex hits 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, which is quicker than just about any other crossover or minivan.

Braking

3
The brake pedal has a long travel and little to no feel. The brakes, however, are very effective. In our emergency braking test, the Flex stopped from 60 mph in a respectable 120 feet.

Steering

2.5
Like the brakes, the steering imparts little feel and feedback to the driver. This lack of feedback doesn't impact most routine driving situations, but when the Flex is driven on unfamiliar winding roads it can be disconcerting.

Handling

3
The Flex drives smaller than it looks because it doesn't lean as much as taller SUVs when you're going around turns. But it never feels nimble due to its long length, high weight, low-grip tires and occasional intrusive stability control system.

Drivability

2.5
The six-speed automatic is slow to shift up or down, and the V6 engine isn't particularly quick to rev. This powertrain is strong at full throttle but is less impressive in certain routine driving situations.

Comfort

3
It's not uncomfortable in any way, but the Flex is dated compared to more sophisticated rivals. Not only is the ride louder and busier than we expect, but seat comfort and quietness also aren't up to par in the class.

Seat comfort

3
The Flex's 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 second row has plenty of room for passengers to stretch out, and the third row is tolerable for average-height adults.

Ride comfort

3
Disappointingly, the Flex rides stiffly over small cracks, especially when fitted with the optional 20-inch wheels. There's more jostling of passengers when you're driving on uneven pavement compared to other crossovers.

Noise & vibration

2.5
There's some wind noise from the upright windshield and the mirrors, but the bigger culprits are the tires and the EcoBoost V6 engine's gravelly, gasping tone.

Interior

3.5
If space for stuff and easy access are your primary requirements, the Flex remains a great choice. There's plenty of room for rear passengers, too. But the usability of the interior is marred by aggravating touch-panel controls.

Ease of use

2.5
While other Fords now employ physical buttons, the older Flex retains the infuriating and oft-accidentally-hit touch-sensitive controls for climate and audio functions. The steering wheel buttons are difficult to use and poorly labeled.

Getting in/getting out

4
The doors open wide, and there's no sill to step over, but high curbs will impede door opening. The seats are neither too high nor too low. Second-row access is equally easy, and getting to the third row isn't bad.

Roominess

3
There is plenty of head- and legroom, but the area to either side of the driver feels tight because of the wide center console and bulky door panels. Farther back, the second row feels positively expansive, and third-row passengers will be fine for a bit.

Visibility

4.5
Forward visibility is excellent, with a good sense of where the long hood ends. Rear visibility is enhanced with a camera, but even without it, we'd feel comfortable backing this one up. The large side mirrors provide good coverage.

Quality

2
Our test car exhibited more squeaks, rattles and misaligned panels than we're used to seeing. The materials quality is just OK and is easily trumped by newer products, including some within Ford's own fleet.

Utility

4.5
If you can't fit all of your stuff into a Ford Flex, there's a good chance you have too much stuff. Based on their spec sheets, some SUVs can carry more, but the Flex's boxy shape and flat load floor are great in real-world use.

Technology

If there's one area in which the aging Ford Flex has remained up-to-date, it's the infotainment system. The Sync 3 system is significantly better than previous versions.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$33,290
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
287 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$35,240
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
287 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$43,590
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 7
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
365 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$38,790
MPG
16 city / 23 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

Ford Flex vs. the competition

2019 Ford Flex

2019 Ford Flex

2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Explorer

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.

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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.

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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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2019 Ford Flex for Sale

Ford Flex 2019 SEL 4dr Wagon AWD  (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
New 2019
Ford Flex
SEL
MSRP$38,010
Est.Loan: $665/mo
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Dealer Notes
Class III Trailer Tow Package, Engine Oil Cooler, Equipment Group 200A, Wheels: 18 Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum. Magnetic 2019 Ford Flex SEL AWD 6-Speed Automatic 3.5L V6 Ti-VCT
Ford Flex 2019 Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
New 2019
Ford Flex
Limited
MSRP$45,690
Est.Loan: $801/mo
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Ford Flex 2019 Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
New 2019
Ford Flex
Limited w/EcoBoost
MSRP$51,160
Est.Loan: $900/mo
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Dealer Notes
Black 2019 Ford Flex Limited AWD 6-Speed Automatic EcoBoost 3.5L V6 GTDi DOHC 24V Twin Turbocharged AWD. Price includes: $2,000 - RETAIL Customer Cash. Exp. 01022019, $500 - Retail Bonus Customer Cash. Exp. 01022019

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More about the 2019 Ford Flex

If you need to transport up to seven passengers, a whole bunch of cargo or a mix of both, the 2019 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.

The standard feature highlights for the base SE trim include rear parking sensors, heated mirrors with integrated blind-spot sections, a keyless-entry keypad, air conditioner, 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-adjustable driver's 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 option 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 within the next year or two or if this generation will be the end of the line. We're hoping for a return since 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.

2019 Ford Flex Overview

The 2019 Ford Flex is offered in the following submodels: Flex Wagon. Available styles include SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A), Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2019 Ford Flex?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Ford Flex and all its trim types. 0 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 2019 Flex.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Ford Flex and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 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.

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2019 Ford Flex Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2019 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 $44,585. The average price paid for a new 2019 Ford Flex Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8,101 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Ford Flex Limited w/EcoBoost 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) is18.2% below the MSRP.

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2019 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 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 $36,235. The average price paid for a new 2019 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $6,320 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,320 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$29,916.

The average savings for the 2019 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is17.4% below the MSRP.

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2019 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $31,570. The average price paid for a new 2019 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $5,530 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,530 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$26,040.

The average savings for the 2019 Ford Flex SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is17.5% below the MSRP.

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2019 Ford Flex Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
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2019 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

The 2019 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34,285. The average price paid for a new 2019 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3,000 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,000 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$31,285.

The average savings for the 2019 Ford Flex SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is8.8% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Ford Flex?

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