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I was provided with a week long test drive of the 2015 Ford Flex featured in this post. This post has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own.
For those unfamiliar with the Ford Flex, the Flex is a true crossover. It doesn’t cross between one type of vehicle, it crosses between several. It’s a combination of car, station wagon, minivan and suv all rolled up into one package. The Flex has the capabilities of many SUVs and even some trucks, but is built on a car platform so it handles more like a car than an SUV. The Flex doesn’t look like anything else on the market, in my opinion. If I had to say what it most looks like, I’d have to say a station wagon. My Dad always loved station wagons. So it doesn’t surprise me that the Flex is a vehicle my Dad has always liked and wanted.
The 2015 Ford Flex has a very distinctive appearance. I cannot say that it is sleek or sexy, but I can say that it is handsome, as well as strong and sturdy looking. The all-wheel drive Limited model that I drove had a push-button start and was equipped with a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with 365 horsepower. It has a towing capacity of 4,500 pounds. Gas mileage for the Flex is 18 MPG city/25 MPG highway. The Flex I drove had a number of safety features built in, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, tire pressure monitoring, inflatable second-row safety belts, safety cage construction, and safety canopy system.
The 2015 Ford Flex comes with 7-passenger seating standard. That seating spans three rows. The leather seats in the front are generously sized and very comfortable, and are accompanied by lots of head and leg room. The power seats are available with both heating and cooling. While the vehicle is large, the driver can still access the infotainment center right from the driver’s seat. I found the system intuitive and easy to use, with selections being made either through the touch screen or the press of a button. I have always liked the way the Ford infotainment display appears, with the screen being set to four quadrants by default, allowing you quick access to communication, navigation, music and cabin comfort.
Even the inside looks sturdy and durable, which I especially noted on the door.
Storage pockets are placed in several strategic laces throughout the vehicle, including in the console and in the doors.
The second row is almost as spacious as the front. There’s plenty of head and leg room, I had grown adults sitting there comfortably with no problem. The split seat has a console that can be folded up into the seat when it’s not in use.
There’s an auxiliary climate control system standard in the Flex, which ensures passengers in the second row are comfortable. The second row also has it’s own power supply.
Passengers in the second row will enjoy the view through the multipanel Vista Roof.I have never seen a roof quite like this and it’s really cool. The first row has a power moonroof over it, the second row has two windows and the third row has a large skylight. Each panel has shades that can be closed.
I love the concept of third row seating. But, in my experience, it isn’t necessarily worth having in most vehicles because there just isn’t any leg room. That is not the case with Flex. Flex’s third row has a nice size of leg room, enough for older children and teens to sit in.
The third row seats include the PowerFold system, which folds the seats completely out of your way. Press again and the seats unfold. With the third row seating folded down you have a really nice size space for carrying large cargo or a lot of cargo. If you don’t want that third row you can choose to have captain’s chairs in the second row if you prefer, and the remainder of the space you’ve saved goes towards the rear storage.
The storage in the back of the Flex can easily handle a run to the grocery store or a good round of errands. But one of the things that make it so special is that the storage in the back of the Flex can be combined with the second and third rows to make for one enormous cargo space.
My recent week long test drive marked my second time driving a Ford Flex. But unlike the last drive, this time I really got to check out it’s spaciousness. Every year I go on a family camping vacation in Upstate New York. I take my youngest with me. My parents go. For the past two years my youngest brother and his family have gone. Sometimes the middle of my three younger brothers goes. It’s a big family thing. We stay at the campground. We check out local things. We go to the Nascar Sprint Cup race. We do lots of family things. Because the area is very rural, most of these things require a drive. One of the things we do is go to a big outdoor farmer’s market.
This year while there, my Dad saw a gorgeous handmade wooden bench that had eagles carved into it. The bench was beautiful. My Dad absolutely loves eagles and was literally almost drooling over this bench. Unfortunately, he realized that if he bought it he’d have no way to get something so sizeable back home to Jersey. He looked pretty dejected. I offered to go and pull the Flex around to see if the bench would fit in there. We were all skeptical. And we were all so happy when we found it fit!
Having the Flex made it possible for my Dad to be delighted. All I had to do was fold down the second and third row seats. No other vehicle would have made what we did as simple.
The ride inside the Flex is quiet. I didn’t hear any interfering noise from the road or the environment. While the vehicle looks large, it handles quite respectably. Unlike some SUVs that are not happy at higher rates of speed, the Flex had no issues moving along steadily at 75 mph. When we take our annual August trip, we must go up a very big hill in order to get to the campground. Not all vehicles can handle that hill well. The Flex had no problem with the climb at all. I found the Flex to perform well, it had no problem handling acceleration. It’s a bulky looking vehicle, but cornered better than I expected it to. I mentioned earlier that the vehicle looks sturdy from the outside. It feels sturdy on the road as well, holding its lane when being passed by tractor trailers.
The 2015 Ford Flex is a great option to consider for anyone looking for a family vehicle, whether it be sedan, minivan or SUV. It’s versatility is a huge plus that enables it to meet many needs. It comes with a 3 year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, 5 year/60,000 mile power train warranty, and 5 year/60,000 mile roadside assistance.