2011 Ford Flex

If you are looking for a new automobile, then the 2011 Ford Flex may be a wise choice.

This is a brand new model in the automobile giant’s new vehicle collection. Do not be deceived though because this has easily earned a top score among sports utility vehicles. And one of the best things about this model is that Ford allows you to choose the mirror finishes and roof color according to your preferences.

You also have the freedom to use bigger wheels and a houndstooth-plaid interior. Some even say that it is as American as an old Ford Fairline. But it is definitely Chanel smart.

If you are going to look under the hood of this baby, then prepared to be amazed. Here are some of the features you will find.

Performance

Currently, the automobile giant gas two powertrain offerings for the latest Ford Flex. First, of course is the standard engine which is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a variable valve timing. And these are attached to an automatic transmission which has 6 speeds or gears.

This type of engine will guarantee you a 262 horsepower coupled with 248 pound-feet of torque. While this may not be among the best among its contemporaries and class, it still sure is decent. On the other hand, the 2011 Flex is among the topnotchers when it comes to fuel economy. At an estimate, it reaches up to 17 miles per gallon on a city and 24 on a highway.

The other type of engine which is optional among certain units is the EcoBoost V6. This comes with a 3.5-liter engine that produces 355 of horsepower through twin turbo chargers and gasoline direct injection.

Exterior

When it comes to the exterior, you will definitely fall for the Ford Flex. It is somehow retro-inspired that makes it very much distinctive and unique. As a matter of fact, you can go try for yourself and you will see nothing like it on the road. The new model Titanium has even furthered this feature.

The exterior will somehow give you the feeling that it is familiar but new all at the same time. And of course, there are certified Ford trademarks for this baby. You will see parallel groves running down its sides that give it the retro feeling. Then this works with the aluminum-patched rear and hatched. You can even work with contrasting roof paint. The boxy, upright sides as well as the bold front are pure Ford trademark.

Interior

If you want to check out the interior, here are some of the things that you will find.

For one, you must know first that the interior of this model is very good. The quality is top-notch. And the materials used in making it are not only soft to the touch; they also provide an attractive and upscale design that gives the interior a classy but modern look. This model also has a spacious layout and a versatile and comfortable cabin which has a seven-seating capacity.

You will also love the Sync system which was specially engineered by Microsoft. It gives this model a high-technology or advanced quality. You will definitely enjoy the voice recognition software that you can use for your iPods and cellphones.

Be sure to check out the other options like Vista Moonroof, Sirius Travel Link and the rear-console refrigerator which are getting rave reviews.

Safety

When it comes to safety, this model is definitely the leader among its contemporaries. This model comes with the Ford standard antilock disc brakes. Not only that, you will also surely love its stability and traction control. There are also front side airbags as well as side curtain airbags in cases of emergency. And lastly, the Flex also comes with preventive rear-parking sensors.

The competition

The Toyota 4Runner (MSRP $31,115; 17 city/ 23 hwy) and the Honda Pilot (MSRP $31,980; 17 city/ 23 hwy) costs slightly higher than the Flex; but are nearly even when it comes to fuel economy. While the Flex seats 7 people comfortably, the Pilot, when maximized, can seat up to eight.

Overall Rating
78 out of 100

What others say:

“The Flex combines SUV-like versatility with car-like driving dynamics. The 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic get 17 mpg overall and isn't the most refined powertrain.”Consumer Reports

“Looking for a styling statement in your next family vehicle? Nothing on the road looks like the 2011 Ford Flex.”The Car Connection

“The 2011 Ford Flex lineup expands further with the addition of a new top-end trim level. This boxy 4-door wagon shares elements of its basic design with the Ford Edge.”Consumer Guide

“The Flex's ability to maneuver through tight turns is matched only by its well-mannered ride and hushed interior. Despite its boxy SUV appearance, the Flex is surprisingly nimble, providing quick turn-in response with little sway or body roll.”KBB

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Wagon Base Price: $ 29,355.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.6 gallons Miles Per Gallon: 17 city / 24 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 201.8 in. (513 cm) Width: 75.9 in. (193 cm)
Height: 68 in. (173 cm) Weight: 4471 lbs (2028 kg)
Wheel Base: 117.9 in. (299 cm) Ground Clearance: NA
Luggage Capacity: Max. Cargo Vol. 83.2 cu ft Maximum Seating: 7
Performance
Engine: 3.5L Duratec® V6 Compression Ratio: 10.3:1
Horsepower: 262 hp Max RPM: 6250 rpm
Torque: 248 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm Transmission: 6-speed automatic
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds 1/4 Mile: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:SEL 3.5L Duratec® V6 MSRP: $3,985; MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy
Option:Limited 3.5L Duratec® V6 MSRP: $35,650; MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy
Option:Titanium 3.5L Duratec® V6 MSRP: $38,145; MPG: 17 city / 24 hwy

  • Ranjit

    Superb car
    baap of all cars

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