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New 2016 Ford Flex

2016 Ford Flex Overview

New/Notable Features
  • Available Sync 3 touch-screen multimedia system
  • Seats six or seven passengers
  • Two V-6 engine options: front- or all-wheel drive
The 2016 Ford Flex rides on into the new model year with the same considerable comfort, style, and flexible interior.

The Flex adds notable features such as updated technology and a new Appearance Package for 2016 with unique 20-inch wheels and black exterior trim pieces. It retains the distinct, boxy styling that stands out from other people carriers. While Ford lists the Flex with its other crossovers and SUVs, it’s always looked more like an enlarged wagon to us. Horizontal lines run down the sides of the Flex which help to horizontally stretch it visually. Available features include a power liftgate for added convenience and a vista roof, which provides natural light and open air for all three rows.

There are two V-6 engine options. The base engine offered in the SE, SEL, and Limited models is a 287-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, while a 365-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is available on Limited models. Both engines are offered with a six-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters are included with the EcoBoost V-6. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional; if you opt for the EcoBoost engine, it is all-wheel drive only.

With the base engine and front-wheel drive, the Flex delivers 16/23 mpg city/highway and upgrading to all-wheel drive drops the fuel economy rating to 16/22 mpg city/highway. The more powerful turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost engine (with all-wheel drive) gets 16/22 mpg.

Inside, the Flex offers seating for six or seven passengers depending on the selection of a second-row bench, or reclining bucket seats. There is 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row and both rows can fold down to open up even more space (up to 83.2 cubic feet), which makes it ideal for transporting large objects. The third-row bench is split 50/50 and can be upgraded with a power-folding feature that offers tailgate- seating, flipping the third row to face rearward for picnics or sporting events. A refrigerated console for second-row passengers is also optional.

Standard interior features include cloth upholstery, a power driver’s seat, front/rear climate control, and an auxiliary audio input jack. All model’s come with Ford’s SYNC technology however, the SEL and Limited models come standard with Ford’s new SYNC 3 system which offers an easy-to-read touch screen with high-speed performance. The Flex offers plenty of entertainment options, including a Sony sound system with 12-speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, and DVD entertainment system.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, rollover sensors, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and rear parking sensors which is a welcomed addition on a vehicle of this size. Optional safety features include an automated parallel-parking system and inflatable second-row safety belts that soften the impact of a frontal or side crash, and are compatible with child safety seats.
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