2013 Ford Flex Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 21, 2012
  • Restyled exterior
  • Updated interior
  • More powerful and fuel-efficient engine
  • Several new features and technologies available

Exterior Features

The 2013 Ford Flex receives an exterior styling makeover in the form of a redesigned front end, new aluminum wheel designs, and fresh paint color choices. An optional Appearance package includes two-tone paint and 20-inch wheels.

Interior Features

A new gauge cluster and steering wheel are included in the updated 2013 Ford Flex. The front passenger's seat folds flat, creating a handy footrest for the right rear passenger if only three to five people are aboard. The Flex also offers 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat, 43.2 cubic feet behind second-row seat, and 83.1 cubic feet with both rows of seats folded down.

Optional Features

Three Flex trim levels are available: SE, SEL and Titanium. Depending on the model selected, the Flex can be equipped with leather, new second-generation MyFord Touch infotainment technology, navigation system, premium Sony audio system with touch-capacitive controls, and a large glass moonroof. Reclining second-row seats with a refrigerated center console are also optional, along with heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, Intelligent Key passive entry and push-button starting, Active Park Assist technology, and inflatable rear seat belts than can help cushion impact in a crash.

Under the Hood

A 285-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard in the 2013 Ford Flex, newly equipped with twin independent variable camshaft timing to produce 20 more horsepower while getting better gas mileage than the previous engine, according to Ford. A turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 is available, making 355 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, the latter figure peaking between 1,500 and 5,750 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission with manual gear selection is standard, delivering power to the front or all four wheels.

Fuel Economy

The 2013 Ford Flex's standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine is more fuel-efficient than its optional turbocharged EcoBoost V-6, and not just because the more powerful engine is paired only with all-wheel drive:
  • Flex with FWD: 18/25/20 mpg (city/hwy/combined)
  • Flex with AWD: 17/23/19 mpg
  • Flex EcoBoost with AWD: 16/23/18 mpg


Six air bags, traction and stability control with roll stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and side blind-spot mirrors are standard on the 2013 Ford Flex. The crossover SUV also includes MyKey technology, which allows the owner to program speed and volume limits, as well as speed and seat-belt usage warnings, among other items.

Ford's Sync hands-free communication system includes 911 Assist technology. If the air bags deploy and a smartphone is paired with Sync, a 9-1-1 operator can get in contact with the occupants and send rescuers to the vehicle's exact location.

Safety-related options for the 2013 Flex include adaptive cruise control, Collision Warning with Adaptive Brake Support, a blind-spot information system, and rear inflatable seat belts.
Explore car shopping guides
What Happens When You Put Too Much Oil in Your Car?
What Happens When You Put Too Much Oil in Your Car?
Aside from filling the gas tank, changing a car’s engine oil is perhaps the most common task required to keep a vehicle running properly. Fresh oil is an engine’s best friend, but too much of it can cause costly damage. Learn what happens when you put too much oil in your car.
Read the full review
2021 Cars: The Ultimate Guide to Upcoming New Cars, Trucks, and SUVs
2021 Cars: The Ultimate Guide to Upcoming New Cars, Trucks, and SUVs
What cars are coming out in 2021? That’s a good question. With a focus on brand new models, redesigned vehicles, and those receiving substantial refreshes, this is your ultimate guide to new car models for 2021.
Read the full review
Automakers Create Coronavirus Car Payment Plans & Programs in Bid to Boost Flagging Sales
Automakers Create Coronavirus Car Payment Plans & Programs in Bid to Boost Flagging Sales
In an attempt to boost flagging sales in the period of economic uncertainty fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, automakers are creating car payment plans & programs to help those whose jobs are threatened by the economic downturn associated with the spread and containment of COVID-19.
Read the full review
Read all articles
Scroll to the top
New Car Preview
2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Plug-in Hybrid Preview
Most Dependable
2019 Vehicle Dependability: Most Dependable Family SUVs
Most Popular
10 Most Popular Large SUVs and Crossovers
New Model Update
New for 2019: GMC
New Car Preview
2021 Land Rover Defender 90 Preview
More related