Ford only made one very minor change to the 2018 Flex by removing an optional luxury feature. Otherwise, it is the same versatile wagon-type SUV that it has been since its introduction in 2009. If you want an SUV that can easily do all the work of the family mini-van and then some, the 2018 Ford Flex should be on your test-drive short-list.
How many people can ride in the 2018 Flex?
The Flex seats either six or seven people, including the driver. It just depends on which seating option you get. You can get second-row bucket seats or a 60/40 split bench that seats three.
Is there plenty of cargo space in the new Flex?
Yes, there is. The second and third row of seats fold flat to give you plenty of room to haul lots of cargo. With both the second and third row folded flat, there is 83.2 cubic feet of cargo space. When only the third row is folded flat, there is 43.2 cubic feet of space. If all of the seats are in place, there is 20 cubic feet of space behind the third row. A power liftgate option that opens the liftgate with the press of a button is available with the Flex SEL and comes standard on the Flex Limited. A PowerFold option is available with the Flex Limited model. It allows you to fold the third row of seats flat with the touch of a button.
How much weight can the 2018 Flex tow?
The Ford Flex can tow up to 2,000 pounds. If you need to tow more than 2,000 pounds, you will have to get the optional Class III Trailer Tow Package. It will allow the Flex to tow up to 4,500 pounds.
How many 2018 Flex models are there?
Ford only makes three different Flex models. They are the Flex SE, Flex SEL, and the Flex Limited. All of them are front-wheel drive. You can get all-wheel drive with the SEL and Limited models.
Is the new Flex expensive?
No, it is actually about the same price as its competitors. The Flex SE starts out at $30,195. Base price for the Flex SEL model is $32,900, and the Flex Limited starts at $38,400.
Does the 2018 Flex get good gas mileage?
The Flex doesn't get great gas mileage, although it is about what you would expect from a full-size SUV. It gets 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway if you get the 3.5-L Ti-VCT V6 engine. If you get the 3.5-L EcoBoost engine, you can expect to get 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The EcoBoost engine is only available in the Flex Limited.
What type of infotainment system does the new Flex come with?
The Flex SE comes with Ford's SYNC system. The SEL and Limited models come with SYNC3 with Enhanced Voice Recognition Communications. An AM/FM radio, CD player, Bluetooth streaming and MP3 capability come standard on all models. SiriusXM Radio is standard in the SEL and Limited models. It is an available option for the Flex SE. The Limited also comes with a Sony Premium Audio System that has 12 speakers and HD Radio Technology. They all come with two smart-charging USB ports. <br><br>Ford discontinued the rear-seat entertainment system that was an available option in the 2017 Flex.
How safe is the 2018 Ford Flex?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not tested the 2018 Ford Flex. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't tested the 2018 Flex, either. However, they gave the 2017 Flex a Good rating for all crash tests except the small overlap front. It got an Acceptable rating on that test. Since the 2018 hasn't been changed, it will probably get the same rating when it is tested.
Does the new Flex have any hi-tech safety features?
The 2018 Flex does come with some good, hi-tech safety features like a rearview camera with backup assist lines and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. Trailer sway control comes with the Class III Trailer Tow Package, which is an available option on the Flex SEL and Flex Limited. MyKey is available. Parents can use it to encourage teen drivers to drive safely. Ford's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert is another available safety option.