The 2016 Ford Flex is a full-size crossover which has been with our Sydney dealership now since the 2009 model year, and it's built in here in Canada by Ford at its Oakville Assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario. If you need seven-seat passenger capability but you don’t want a minivan, the Flex does just everything a van can do and plenty more besides, but with a lot more style and desirability.
Exterior & Interior Styling
The most obvious feature you'll come across with the 2016 Ford Flex is its unashamedly rectangular exterior styling. There are lots of crossovers on the market where compromises are made to practicality in the name of styling, but a full-size crossover like this is made to be practical. The slightly retro exterior styling of the Ford means passengers in the rear don't have to cope with restricted amounts of headroom on the inside, as there's a copious amount of space throughout what is a very impressive cabin. The interior is regarded by many as one of the best the automaker currently builds, with a mix of well-matched materials blending LCD screens and touch controls in a satisfyingly serene way.
Trim Levels & Their Features
You won't find a bewildering array of trim levels and engines to select from in the 2016 Ford Flex lineup. When the entry-level SE model comes as well-equipped as this, there's really no need for more than the current three trims and two engines to choose between.
After the SE comes the SEL, which adds features including: first-row heated bucket seats, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, remote start, Ford's new SYNC 3 infotainment system and plenty more. Top-of-the-line is the Flex Limited, which touches on genuine luxury specification by including the likes of intelligent all-wheel drive, perforated leather seating in the front and second-rows, a 12-speaker Sony audio system and power-adjustable pedals with memory.
Powertrain & Drivetrain
The standard engine is a 3.5-litre Ti-VCT V-6 producing a very healthy 287 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. The optional engine is another 3.5-litre offering, but this time it's a twin-turbo EcoBoost unit putting an impressive 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft of torque at your disposal. Both engines come mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, although Ti-VCT features shifter button activation while the EcoBoost gets steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Front-wheel drive is standard for the 2016 Ford with the Ti-VCT engine, although intelligent all-wheel drive is available with the SEL, and it's a standard feature with the Platinum trim.
If there are up to seven of you and you like going on road trips, you can't really do any better than the 2016 Ford Flex. You'll find it spacious, comfortable, easy to get in and out of, and it's seriously luxurious, if you want it to be. Even if you don't need all seven seats, the second and third rows can be folded completely flat to give you an incredible amount of cargo space.