2014 Ford Flex

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The 2014 Ford Flex wagon carries over unchanged. It’s just as boxy as ever when compared sleeker, more fluid crossovers in this class. Nevertheless, the Flex’s styling is so unique that it grabs your attention from every direction and depending on your tastes; you will either love it, or hate it. It’s an acquired taste, like coffee or beer.

The Ford Flex can seat up to seven passengers and provides nearly as much space and versatility as a minivan. Unfortunately, its three rows of seas aren’t quite as maneuverable as a minivans and it lacks an overabundance of cargo space. Its boxy shape does make the most of that space though and its low wagon-like stance makes loading and unloading cargo a snap.

The 201 Ford Flex can be had in six or seven-passenger configurations and is offered in three trim levels: SE, SEL and Limited. The high sticker price may shock some but if you look closely, you will find that even the base SE Flex offers a whole slew of standard features when compared to other crossovers or SUV’s in the same price bracket. For starters, the SE comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear parking sensors, a 6-way power adjustable driver seat, front seat lumbar adjustment, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 60/40 split second-row seat with passenger-side auto-fold, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary jack and the base version of SYNC® that includes voice-activated calling via Bluetooth®, vehicle health report and 911-assist free for life of the vehicle just to name a few.

Opting for the SEL will give you 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, fog lamps, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats with an 8-way power adjustable driver seat, a 6-way power front-passenger seat, satellite radio and the MyFord Touch® interface that includes several touch screens, enhanced steering wheel controls and SYNC® features, two USB ports, an SD card reader and audio/video input jack.

2014 Ford Flex

Going all out for the top-notch Limited will give you 19-inch wheels, Xenon headlights, LED taillights, a power liftgate, keyless ignition/entry, a blind-spot warning system, driver memory functions, power adjustable pedals, leather upholstery with a vinyl third row seat, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, a 110-volt power point, a review camera, a navigation system and a 12-speaker Sony® sound system with HD-radio. Most of the features found standard on the Limited can be added to the SEL via option groupings.

Under the hood, Ford has given the Flex a  287 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. A turbocharged EcoBoost® twin-turbo six is available on AWD variant and generates 365-hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.  The 3.5-liter V6 is estimated to retun 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway while the Ecoboost® drops to an estimated 16 mpg city and 23 mph highway. Front wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control are standard, while AWD is optional on both the SE and Limited. When properly equipped, both powertrains can tow up to 4,500 lbs.

 Plenty of headroom, versatile, loaded with high-tech features, engine options, refined ride

 Short on front leg room, standard second-row bench seat does not slide, lacks cargo space

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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