2018 Ford Flex 3.5L EcoBoost AWD Price and ReviewsThe funky Flex is Ford’s answer to those seeking a contemporary version of the old-school station wagon. Their three rows are standard and can accommodate eight passengers with room to spare. Two V-6s are offered, both displacing 3. 5 liters and fitted to a six-speed intelligent. The base engine makes 287 hp with front- or all-wheel drive; the EcoBoost twin-turbo makes 365 hp with standard 4wd. Adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and a 12-speaker SonIt seems like only yesterday that we first extolled the cool-parent benefits of the Ford Contract, but the wagon/crossover box-of-all-trades hit the market as a 2009 model. None a high-riding wannabe VEHICLE nor a traditional car-height station wagon, the Contract still offers distinctive, unabashedly squared-off style and an useful, reconfigurable three-row log cabin. We want it, and always have, but Ford won’t sell many of them, and the model’s future is uncertain. With it is days potentially numbered, we thought it wise to check back in on our favorite pseudo charrette while we had the chance.
y audio tracks system are optional. Eight years after first taking place deal, the Flex remains odd, but it posts the smallest sales numbers in Ford’s lineup. The Browser, which shares the Flex’s underpinnings and packages the three-row seating format and similar size into the very popular crossover mold, outsold it more than seven to a single over the previous three years. Another platform-mate, the wallflower Taurus four door, outsold the Flex by practically three to one throughout the same period. Many people go through the Flex and probably think, rightly so, that it’s some type of retro-modern take on the all-American station wagons that roamed the interstates like invading ant colonies almost 50 years ago and 1970s. That’s the reason we dig it–that and the available 365-hp, twin-turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost engine. It will come as no surprise that in this retrospective test we made a decision to sample the Bend Limited, the only way to get the meaty V-6 (a 287-hp 3. 5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 also is available in the Flex).
The Bend Limited EcoBoost model’s optionally available $1595 “Vista Roof” brings a range of glass roof energy, together with a power-sliding/-tilting front sunroof, a couple of longitudinal glass panes over a second row, and a second rectangular sunroof above the third row. That was a hit among staffers and their kids, but the real fun is found under the hood. The 365-hp EcoBoost engine is among the most powerful present in a vehicle like this, and even though our test car trailed a 2013 Flex EcoBoost we recently tested to 60mph, it did the deed in 6. 2 seconds. Not any matter the engine rate, goose the throttle and there’s power on tap into, willing to haul the Bend around like a smaller machine. The trade-off is fuel economy, which, at 18 mpg over one thousand miles of driving (including a trip from The state of michigan to Virginia and back), is right in range with the last Ford producer Explorer Sport we evaluated. That Explorer had the identical engine and acessed about the same, so the result isn’t unexpected, but given the Flex’s carlike appearance, it’d be nice to crack 20 mpg in normal use.