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2013 Ford Flex SEL FWD: Space for Everyone

By Durhl Caussey Created: November 18, 2012 Last Updated: November 18, 2012
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2013 Ford Flex (Courtesy of Ford Motors)

2013 Ford Flex (Courtesy of Ford Motors)

The 2013 Ford Flex reigns supreme when it comes to space, with the most second- and third-row leg room in the class. The second row 60/40 seats fold flat and the third row 50/50 bench adds comfort and seating variety for up to seven occupants.

To carry all those folks and their cargo, Flex has a dedicated cargo space that is a generous 14.7 cubic feet, which expands to 43.2 cubic feet with the third row seats folded.

Flex has a dedicated cargo space that is a generous 14.7 cubic feet, which expands to 43.2 cubic feet with the third row seats folded.

The power to do all this moving comes from either a newly revised, fuel efficient 3.5 L Ti-VCT V-6 engine that achieves 25 mpg/hwy, or a superb 3.5 L Eco Boost V-6 that features 365 hp and 23 mpg/hwy.

My Flex had the 3.5 L Ti-VCT engine with 6-speed SelectShift Automatic, delivering 287 hp at 6,500 rpm and 254 lb-ft torque at 4,000 rpm.

Flex comes in three equipment groups: SE, SEL, and Premium. The SEL was my weekly chariot, costing a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $33,205.

Flex Stats
Wheelbase: 117.9”
Width, excluding mirrors: 75.9”
Length: 201.8”
Height, excluding options: 68.0”

Flex has SYNC, which connects you to calls, music, and more through easy-to-use voice-activated technology. Once paired, you will no longer have to reach for your phone or whatever audio device.

You can control many of your phone’s major functions through voice commands, including voice command dialing. SYNC automatically downloads the contact list from compatible phones, so you just have to say the name when dialing.

It also plays music from your phone, MP3 player, USB drive, or iPod. Any device with Bluetooth capability can stream audio from sources such as iHeart Radio, Pandora, and Internet radio. Just touch a button on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and say things like, “Call home,” or “Play favorite songs.”

You can also get business searches, turn-by-turn driving instructions, and local movie times and locations. Just personalize SYNC for your individual wants and needs.

Admiring Looks

Of all the cars I have driven over the years, I got more questions and admiring looks from friends, co-workers, and bystanders about Flex than any other vehicle. Initially, spectators are usually grabbed by the Flex’s bright colors.

The interior of the 2013 Flex (Courtesy of Ford Motors)

The interior of the 2013 Flex (Courtesy of Ford Motors)

My Deep Impact Blue Flex actually caused heads to turn. Up close, folks commented on the charcoal black leather interior. I just reminded everyone that the Flex comes in nine beautiful colors like Kodiak brown, Ruby Red, and Ginger Ale, for example. On the other hand, there are just two interior colors to choose from.

Flex rides with a stable degree of comfort. It holds well and feels solid in the curve. Its turning radius is very acceptable. The engine is superb, and road noise at a minimum.

Your satisfying ride inside is helped with 10-way power heated driver’s seat and 6-way heated passenger’s seat, and you can take note of the dual illuminated vanity mirrors and overhead console. SecuriCode Keyless entry makes it easy to get into the cabin.

The exterior headlamps and fog lamps command the front. Folding mirrors, color-matched door handles, and exhaust chrome tips adorn the body with an eye-catching belt-line molding.

Optional equipment like Power Panoramic Vista Roof, silver two-tone roof, and 20” brightly painted aluminum wheels could add another $2,000.

Flex has a 3-year/ 36.000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year 60,000 mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile safety restraint system coverage, and a 5-year/unlimited distance corrosion perforation warranty. Roadside assistance covers your vehicle for things like gas or lockout for 5-year/ 60,000 mile.

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or dcaussey@sbcglobal.net

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