2012 Ford Flex

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What's New for 2012:
- Upgraded rear seating on Limited and Titanium trims
- Roof side rails available with Vista Roof

Exterior Features
The Ford Flex is a 7-passenger family wagon that is also available in a 6-passenger configuration with optional second-row captain's chairs. The base SE trim features 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, fog lights, and rear parking sensors. The SEL trim upgrades to 18-inch wheels, and the Limited trim features 19-inch polished alloy wheels, Xenon headlights, LED taillights, and a power tailgate. The Titanium trim adds 20-inch wheels and distinctive exterior styling.

Interior Features
The 2012 Ford Flex SE trim features air conditioning and some power accessories, including a 6-way power driver's seat and a 6-speaker sound system. The SEL includes dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, more power accessories, satellite radio with Bluetooth connectivity, and a navigation system. The Limited offers perforated leather upholstery for the first two rows, upgraded navigation system, wood-trimmed steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, and a 12-speaker Sony sound system. The Titanium trim adds faux-suede seat inserts and other styling upgrades.

Optional Features
Roof side rails are optional on the 2012 Ford Flex, as is a multi-panel rear sunroof. A rear-seat entertainment system is available on all trims except the SE. Many standard features on upper trims are optional on lower trims.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Ford Flex's standard power plant is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated at 262 horsepower that works with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive (FWD), with all-wheel drive (AWD) available. The Limited and Titanium trims offer an optional 3.5-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine rated at 355 horsepower that comes standard with AWD. Paddle shifters are added to the automatic transmission on the Limited and Titanium trims.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Ford Flex are:
- Flex with standard V-6 engine and FWD: 17/24/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Flex with standard V-6 engine and AWD: 16/22/18 mpg
- Flex with turbocharged V-6 engine: 16/21/18 mpg

Standard safety features on the 2012 Ford Flex include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, front-seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, and rear parking sensors. Optional is the Lane Tracking package, which includes lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring systems.

In government crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ford Flex received 4 (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. In safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Flex received a \"Good\" rating-the Institute's highest--in all measures.

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  • Name SEL (4dr AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 33950.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
  • Name SE (4dr FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29465.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name SEL (4dr FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 32100.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name Limited (4dr FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 35765.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name Limited (4dr AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37615.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
  • Name Limited w/EcoBoost (4dr AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 40610.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
  • Name Titanium (4dr FWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 38260.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name Titanium (4dr AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 40110.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
  • Name Titanium w/EcoBoost (4dr AWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 43105.00 Engine 3.5L/213 City/Hwy MPG 16/23
  • Heated front cloth bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar & 6-way pwr passenger seat w/lumbar
  • Fold-flat passenger seating
  • 2nd row 60/40 split bench seat -inc: with leather-trimmed outboard seating positions, AutoFold feature on passenger "40", center flip out armrest w/(2) cupholders
  • 3rd row 50/50 fold in floor bench seat
  • Adjustable head restraints
  • 1st & 2nd row carpeted floor mats
  • Manual tilt-adjustable/telescoping steering column
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel -inc: audio controls
  • Painted obsidian center stack finish panel
  • Message center w/trip computer
  • Pwr windows w/driver one-touch up/down
  • Accessory pwr delay
  • Pwr locks w/AutoLock
  • SecuriCode keyless entry keypad on drivers door
  • Remote keyless entry
  • MyKey system -inc: owner controls feature
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Cruise control w/steering wheel controls
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Dual-zone electronic auto temp control air conditioning
  • Rear A/C vents
  • Rear defroster
  • Locking glove box
  • (10) cup holders
  • La Cross ash-appearance IP/door applique
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Overhead console w/sunglass holder -inc: map light
  • (3) roof grab handles
  • 2nd row coat hooks
  • Reading lamps for 2nd & 3rd rows
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Front seat back map pockets
  • (4) 12V pwr outlets
  • Driver & front passenger sunvisors w/illuminated mirrors
  • Illuminated entry
  • Grocery bag hooks in cargo area
  • Cargo net
  • Front cloth bucket seats -inc: 6-way pwr driver seat & 2-way manual passenger seat w/adjustable recline & lumbar support
  • 2nd row 60/40 split bench seat -inc: AutoFold power release feature
  • Front row center console -inc: armrest, storage
  • Center stack integrated display -inc: audio info, compass, passenger temp, outside temp
  • Single zone air conditioning -inc: air filter, 2nd & 3rd row adjustable registers
  • Hammered metal instrument panel applique
  • Heated front perforated leather-trimmed bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat w/memory & 6-way pwr passenger seat
  • 2nd row 60/40 split bench seat
  • Driver seat memory
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel -inc: audio & wood inlay
  • Pwr adjustable pedals w/memory
  • Olive ash-appearance IP/door applique
  • Ambient lighting
  • Chrome scuff plates
  • 110V inverter
  • Heated front leather-trimmed seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat w/memory & 6-way pwr passenger seat
  • Illuminated door-sill scuff plates
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel -inc: cruise/audio controls, perforated leather insert
  • Painted alloy metallic center stack/steering wheel/door bezel accents
  • Circle Check IP/door applique
  • 18" machined aluminum wheels
  • P235/60R18 BSW tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Chrome beltline
  • Wiper activated auto halogen headlamps
  • Fog lamps w/chrome bezel
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors -inc: security approach lamps, memory
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Front speed sensitive intermittent wipers
  • Rear 2-speed wipers
  • Chrome door handles
  • 17" aluminum wheels
  • P235/60R17 BSW tires
  • Black manual folding pwr mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • 19" polished aluminum wheels
  • P235/55R19 BSW tires
  • HID auto headlamps
  • LED taillamps
  • Heated chrome pwr mirrors -inc: security approach lamps, memory
  • Pwr liftgate w/satin aluminum applique
  • 20" bright painted aluminum wheels
  • P255/45R20 A/S BSW tires
  • Painted black roof
  • 20" polished aluminum wheels
  • Black beltline molding
  • Black chrome finish grille
  • HID auto headlamps -inc: unique blackout treatment
  • Fog lamps w/black bezel
  • Painted black heated pwr mirrors -inc: security approach lamps, memory
  • Pwr liftgate w/black chrome appliques
  • 3.5L V6 Duratec engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Battery saver
  • Fully independent rear suspension
  • Pwr steering
  • EasyFuel capless fuel-filler
  • Bright polished stainless steel exhaust tips
  • Front wheel drive
  • 3.5L V6 turbo-charged EcoBoost engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission -inc: SelectShift paddles
  • Electronic pwr-assist steering
  • Dual exhaust w/chrome tips
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
    • Advance Trac w/roll stability control
    • Dual front airbags w/Personal Safety System
    • Passenger sensing system
    • Side-impact airbags
    • 2nd/3rd row safety canopy w/rollover sensor
    • Reverse sensing system
    • Rear child safety locks
    • Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input, (6) speakers
    • SIRIUS satellite radio *SIRIUS 6 months programming included where available*
    • SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system -inc: 911 assist, Vehicle Health Reports, traffic reports, GPS based turn-by-turn driving directions and information services *Traffic, Directions, Information Services receive a complimentary three year pre paid subscription (one phone/primary account)*
    • Sony AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: MP3 capability, SIRIUS satellite radio w/6-month subscription, 360-watt amplifier, (12) speakers

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