2015 Ford Flex

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$29,100-$42,400
$27,427-$39,538
17 CITY / 24 HWY
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Overview

What's New for 2015:
  • Standard heated side mirrors
  • Keyless entry with push-button starting standard for SEL
  • Heated steering wheel optional for Limited
  • New colors and revised 2-tone paint choices

Introduction
The 2015 Ford Flex is a 7-passenger, wagon-like crossover SUV that shares its platform with the Ford Explorer and Ford Taurus. Key competitors include the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander.

Models and Features
Ford sells the 2015 Flex in SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels. Upgrading to SEL trim installs a MyFord Touch infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, Intelligent Access keyless entry with push-button starting, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, universal garage door opener, cargo net, and satellite radio. Simulated wood trim decorates the cabin, while the Flex SEL's exterior features fog lights, stainless steel trim, and 18-in. aluminum wheels.

The Flex Limited includes leather seats, navigation system, premium audio system, reversing camera, and a power rear liftgate. Ambient cabin lighting and simulated wood trim for the steering wheel are also standard on the Limited, along with power-adjustable pedals, memory for the driver's settings, and laminated front door glass to help quiet the interior. Flex Limited buyers also get a blind-spot information system with rear cross-traffic alert, HD Radio, a 110-volt power outlet, remote engine starting, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, HID headlights, LED taillights, upscale exterior trim details, and 19-in. aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
The Flex SE is offered solely with a 287-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and front-wheel drive (FWD). If all-wheel drive (AWD) is desired buyers will need to get the Flex SEL. The Flex Limited is further available with an optional twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine good for 365 horsepower. All 2015 Flex models have a 6-speed automatic transmission, and when paired with the EcoBoost V-6, it includes paddle shifters.

Fuel Economy
Choose the standard V-6 and FWD and the EPA rates the 2015 Flex to return 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to AWD and those numbers dip to 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway. Get the EcoBoost V-6 and the EPA ratings are 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
There is no shortage of safety and technology features on the 2015 Flex. Standard equipment includes MyKey, a suite of programmable safety-related vehicle characteristics aimed right at families with teenaged drivers in the household, as well as Sync Bluetooth connectivity with 911 Assist, which speeds rescuers to the scene of an accident as long as a paired smartphone is aboard the Flex at the time the air bags deploy.

A MyFord Touch infotainment system is also offered for the Flex, including an 8-in. color touch screen and dual 4.2-in. configurable screens in the instrument cluster. A premium sound system is available, and Ford dealers can install a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system. Get second-row captain's chairs and the Flex has a refrigerated console between them, one designed to keep up to seven 12-oz. cans chilled to 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rear park-assist sensors are standard, while a reversing camera and an Active Park Assist system are options. Active Park Assist steers the Flex into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the pedals and transmission.

Available safety features include inflatable rear seat belts that cushion occupants from crash forces, a blind-spot information system, and an adaptive cruise control system with collision warning and brake support features.

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