...It produces 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic with manual shift control are standard. Expect 60 mph to come up in a quick 6.6 seconds. Despite the added power and performance, the EcoBoost V6 manages to achieve the same fuel economy as the standard V6. Safety: The 2011 Ford Flex comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and rear parking sensors. A rearview camera is optional. In brake testing, a Flex Limited with the standard 3.5-liter engine stopped from 60 mph in 131 feet --...
...With plenty of positives and very few negatives, the 2011 Ford Flex continues to demonstrate that American automakers can build high-quality, competitive vehicles.
...Available six- or seven-passenger seating Auto-dimming rearview mirror Air conditioning with front and rear controls Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter Steering wheel with cruise and audio controls Available 12-speaker Sony stereo Available Ford Sync system Standard ambient lighting Optional onboard refrigerator Under the Hood The Flex comes with the standard 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 gets an estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway. The Flex can also be equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. The EcoBoost gets approximately 18 mpg in combined...
...Luckily, my 10-year-old sister was limber enough to climb over the car seats and basically fall into the third row. I couldn't imagine having anyone older than 10 or without a sense of humor use the third row with my car seats blocking access to it. While my car seats thwarted most of the Flex's seating configurations, they're still worth mentioning. Excluding the driver's seat, each of the Flex's seats can fold flat, leaving a multitude of options when hauling munchkin-filled car seats. IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore Cargo/Trunk...
...At lower speeds, many drivers will want more power assist. For a large crossover, the Flex requires too much effort to wheel around a parking lot, and its awful turning circle doesn't help: At 40.7 feet, the Flex eclipses even the larger Traverse. The Durango, Pilot and Highlander all come in under 39 feet. Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard. The pedal takes some getting used to, exhibiting a truck-like mushiness in the first inch or so of travel. Farther down, the response is more linear . Safety, Features & Pricing In crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the...
Ford has surprised many by choosing to keep its seven-seat Flex crossover chugging along into the 2013 model year despite the Explorer SUV also being able to carry seven but... read more November 8, 2011 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
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The inflating rear seatbelts first introduced with the 2011 Ford Explorer are finally trickling down to other vehicles. In a release, Ford stated that the 2013 Ford Flex and... read more June 22, 2011 by Kevin Lee
Despite the arrival of the new car-based 2011 Ford Explorer next year, Ford remains committed to its relatively new Flex ‘wagon-meets-crossover’. Both models are similar... read more May 24, 2010 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran 2