2013 Ford Flex Review

I have often referred to the Ford Flex as the best driving SUV on the road, and that has certainly not changed for the 2013 model year. Many ask “what is it?” when they see the Flex. Is it a large wagon, a Crossover, or a true SUV? I throw it into the Crossover category since it shares a platform with the popular Ford Explorer, but whatever you call it, bottom line is it is a joy to drive and has a vast amount of interior space. I had the SEL over the holidays, so I had an almost two week test drive, twice what I usually have. Flex will seat seven people comfortably with the second row bench seat. With the ample third row seat up, you have a large storage area, thanks to the long, wide configuration of the mostly square Flex body. 2013 Ford FlexMy test vehicle had Sync and MyFord Touch which worked flawlessly from an 8” color monitor in the dash. I had the rear entertainment system, leather interior, and the panoramic moonroof. It also had the very handy blind-spot monitoring, power liftgate, and power heated seats. This rig was not overly loaded, but was ordered with the options people tend to want. This one has the 3.5-liter V-6, direct-injection engine that generates 287 horsepower and has 254 pound-feet of torque. If you need a bit more pep, you can option for the EcoBoost variant of this engine that is force-fed air via a turbocharger and bumps its output to 365-horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, but to do so, you’ll need to also step up to the more expensive Limited trim level. You can get Flex in all-wheel drive too. Both engines comes with a 6-speed automatic. I’ve recommended Flex to many people who state they don’t like the looks of it. I get that, it’s not for everyone. I always encourage people to drive it before you make a final decision, because once behind the wheel, the beauty of the Flex becomes apparent. The 2013 has a new front end that gives the vehicle a sleeker, less boxy look that works. What I liked most: The ride, drive, and visibility. What I would change: Would make the exterior more appealing to the masses. MSRP: $40,030 Fuel Economy: Got 18 in town, 26 highway Warranty: 3 years/36000 mile bumper to bumper, 5 years/60000 miles powertrain and roadside assistance. 2013 Flex in a few words: A joy to drive for sure, and a great road vehicle. Car Pro Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

  1. Jon J Gilson 5 years ago

    Every time I see one of the Flex’s I can’t help but expect to see Tennsee Ernie Ford get out and go into the pitch for the new Ford Ranch Wagon. I kind of think you looked a little like Tennsee, but my eye sight is’t what it used to be. Have a great day guys!

  2. Pat Craven 5 years ago

    It looks like a maxi cooper

  3. Jay Irvine 5 years ago

    We have a 2011 Flex and Love it! Most comfortable seats of any car I have ever driven or riden in. I am also a big fan of the looks. It is a little quirky but I like that. Ford hit this one out of the park as far as I am concerned. I am also a big fan of the sync system.
    Unfortunately I was hit boradside a week ago and the car was a total loss, but it actually called 911 after the accident. Loved this car, and very sorry to loose it. I am looking for another one.

  4. Susan Richardson 5 years ago

    We have liked the Flex for a long time. We are looking at a new or used car in the near future. Do you have any recommendations on how it would do on a rock road. We drive about 1/2 mile on rock to our driveway every time we leave our house. It has been extremely hard on my 2005 Honda Odyssey.

    • Jerry 5 years ago

      Flex is pretty tough, I think it would be fine. I often call the Flex the best driving SUV on the road.

      I think it is a good choice, and I have good Ford dealers in every market.

      Let me know if I can help!

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  5. LaNora Shepherd 4 years ago

    I have liked the Ford Flex from the first time I saw it. I recently needed to rent a car so I looked around until I found a place that had the Flex for rent and loved it. Yes this is the car I want, my only problem is I want the two tone and having problems finding one I like. You don’t have a Ford Dealer in my area that you recommend…yek makes me worry about them for that and past dealing in this area. Sure could use some help finding the care I want and to not feel like I got screwed when I leave. I am willing to drive to get what I want.

    • Jerry 4 years ago

      Flex is one of my favorites! Shoot me an email from the website and tell me where you are located, I’ll try my best to help!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  6. Sue Dee 3 years ago

    I drive a Chevy Suburban 2003 with 211,000 miles. Do not want to pay the price for new Suburban so looking at Ford Flex and Buick Enclave. Do you prefer one of these over the other.

    Need to seat at least 6 people from time to time.

    • Michele Sanders 3 years ago

      Sue, both are excellent SUVs, I really like the way Flex drives, I would give it a slight edge, but both are super.

      Check my website under Certified dealers to find great places to buy. THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  7. Rob Carlson 2 years ago

    The Ford Flex, the car everyone gives a dirty look to because of it’s boxy exterior but then loves once they sit in it and realize how roomy and comfortable it is.

    My wife at the time was the same way. When we were looking for a new car in summer 2014 for her, we went with Ford since we were able to utilize the X-Plan. She shunned the Escape due to its size, the Edge (Which I love) got a it’s ok, and the Explorer got I like it but its big. At first she shunned the Flex due to its boxy look and but then sat in the drivers seat. Her expression when from “Oh God it looks horrible” to “Oh God this car is awesome.”

    After test driving it, she was like a kid on Christmas. We were originally going to wait till the weekend to truely shop (it was Tuesday) but she couldn’t wait the Flex had grown on her that quickly.

    We went with a 2014 Flex SEL. The car had just about everything you could want in a car; Blind Spot monitoring, back-up camera, 8 inch display with Sync and Navigation, powered memory heated seats, panoramic sunroof (which grew on me), tow hitch. Only thing it didn’t come with was a driver.

    It had white exterior color with the black monochrome top and 20″ wheels and beige interior.

    The vehicle handled great, drove very comfortably, and overall was great. It was sad to see her take it as part of the divorce. I enjoyed it so much, and I didn’t even drive it much, that I am considering it when I am in the market for a new vehicle.

  8. Gordon and Diane Bolton 2 years ago

    My 04 Highlander Has a 1/4 million miles and is getting kind of old. I’m looking at a Ford Flex with a ecoboost. I have 2 questions
    1 Some one mentioned the Flex has a poor resell value and i’m not so proud that i won’t drive a used car. Would it behoove me to look at pre-owned
    2 Iv’e also been told the eco-boost can only get about 30,000 to 35,000 on a set of plug. Is that correct.

    • Michele Sanders 2 years ago

      Good to from you guys. Flex is one of my favorite SUVs, but it is true that resale is not great so buying used makes them a great buy. If I were in the market, that’s exactly what I would do. I have not heard anything on the plugs, and I’ve helped a ton of people get the Ecoboost. I just don’t believe that is true.

      You can check all 4 of the Five Star dealerships inventory from http://www.SamPack.com

      THANKS for listening!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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