The 2019 Ford Flex is less about style and more about functionality. It can seat up to seven people in its three rows. We are in love with its flexibility given the fact that it offers different options for carrying cargo. Your kids will enjoy an excellent outward view although competitors like the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot normally come with relatively high beltlines. We love the configurable, flexible and spacious interior as well as the unique exterior styling. We also love that it comes with two strong engines. However, we have to admit that the Flex is beginning to show signs of aging, like Barrack Obama’s hair. We rank it among our worst midsize SUVs. Although it is a decent vehicle, most of its competitors offer better interior quality and performance.
Should we expect anything new?
There are no significant changes for 2019. Since its 2009 debut, this vehicle has not received a full redesign. However, we are not complaining much.
What are the highs and lows of this vehicle?
We are in love with the useful cargo area, the super strong twin-turbo V6 engine and the SYNC 3 infotainment system that is very easy to operate. Although it is a large vehicle, the outward visibility is outstanding. On the negative side, we don’t like the lousy gas mileage and the non-supported seats. In addition to this, some controls are difficult to use, it is impossible to slide the second-row bench, and it has a lower-quality interior when compared to its competitors. There is also limited availability for its advanced safety features.
Where does the power come from?
This is one of the areas where the Ford Flex excels. A turbocharged engine is offered as an option; this engine is stronger than The Rock and Arnold Schwarzenegger combined, producing 350 lb-ft of torque and 365 hp. The standard engine is a V6 with a capacity of 3.5 liters; it belongs in the conventional three-row SUV segment, offering 254 pound-feet of torque and 287 horsepower.
Who will love it?
If you love traditional crossover SUVs, then you will love this vehicle’s raised driving position. It is the right car if you are looking for space and accessibility. The Flex also offers optional all-wheel drive for those who want extra confidence. It will also suit you if you want the brawny 365-horsepower V6 engine.
Who will not like it?
This vehicle is not for you if you are looking for a modern car with the latest tech features. It does come with a [search label="Sync 3" items="Infotainment|Apple Carplay|Ford Sync|Fordpass"] system and some advanced features such as semi-automated parallel parking and intelligent cruise control -- but they are only available in the high-end trim level.
How much will I spend?
The 2019 Ford Flex is packaged with three trim levels: Limited, SEL and the base SE trim. You’ll spend $30,575 for the base SE trim level. This starting price is similar to what most rivals charge. The trim in the middle of the lineup has a starting price of around $33,400. You’ll cough out around $38,800 for the high-end Limited trim. It is important to note that the top-of-the-line trim costs cheaper than most rivals.
What is our verdict about the new Ford Flex?
The Ford Flex is like wet cardboard. It once served a purpose and is waiting to be recycled into something better. It has a smooth ride, good power, decent cargo space, a functional interior, and some tech features. However, it falls behind most of its rivals who offer more upscale interiors, better handling, and more supportive seats. These rivals also look more modern and swaggy when compared to the aging Ford Flex. The starting price of the Flex is not what we would call a good deal. You are better off with the Honda Pilot or the Toyota Highlander unless you are in love with the exterior styling of the new Ford Flex. In which case, you might be blind.