The 2017 Ford Flex defies classification. It combines the ruggedness of an SUV with the good looks of a wagon and the utility of a minivan. It’s a niche that has kept the Ford Flex popular amongst consumers since its debut in 2009.
Changes for 2017
For the 2017 model year, the Ford Flex loses the option of a center console refrigerator (why that wasn’t more popular, we’ll never know). Otherwise, the affordable SUV remains basically unchanged.
Trim Levels and Body Styles
The Ford Flex is a spacious 3-row SUV (if you can call it that). It’s available in SE, SEL and Limited trim levels. A cornucopia of standard equipment abounds including keyless entry, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, a power driver’s seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a reverse sensing system, front and rear air conditioning, a rearview camera, a leather-covered steering wheel, a stereo system, CD player, AUX, USB, Bluetooth, an infotainment system with 4.2-inch central display screen and Sync voice activation.
Lots of interior space is one of the main attributes of the Ford Flex. The cargo space is a cavernous 20 cubic feet. Fold the rear seats down and you’ve got 43.2 cubic feet – enough to hold the all the soccer team’s gear. Folding down both rear rows provides 83.2 cubic feet.
There are two stout engine options available to power the Ford Flex. These include a 287-hp 3.5L six-cylinder engine and a 365-hp turbocharged 3.5L six-cylinder. The only transmission option available is a 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, with optional all-wheel drive available.
Performance and Fuel Economy
With a powerful six-cylinder engine under the hood, it’s no surprise the Ford Flex has some serious get-up-and-go. But, it can save you money at the pump, too. The Ford Flex gets an impressive EPA-estimated *16/23 mpg in front-wheel drive form. On the road, the Ford Flex offers a smooth ride and responsive handling. The cabin is quiet enough to keep the kids asleep on a family road trip.
If you’re buying a vehicle with 3 rows of seating, you’ve probably got a large family. The Ford Flex has all the equipment to keep your loved ones safe. Standard safety features includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, emergency telematics, and Ford's MyKey system. The MyKey system allows owners to set certain limitations and alerts for teen drivers.
It doesn’t matter what you classify the Flex as; an SUV, crossover, van or wagon. It’s a multi-purpose vehicle that can handle anything you throw at it. If you want to stand out from the SUV herd, head to Porterville Ford to check out the unique 2017 Ford Flex.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.