2015 Ford Flex is perfect to tap into the emerging crossover demands

2015-02-16 11:51:34
2015 Ford Flex is perfect to tap into the emerging crossover demands
2015 Ford Flex is perfect to tap into the emerging crossover demands

Befitting a full-size wagon’s description, the 2015 Ford Flex is more of a less-home based crossover style, transposing the lacuna left by the Freestar minivan that topped the Blue Oval lineup. Also commendable this year for the Flex is its cavernous room that accommodates up to seven occupants and every gear while boasting a 355-horsepower EcoBoost six-cylinder. Its sheetmetal is another observable feature that distinguishes it from the rest of the throng. In tandem with Ford’s auto-engineering ethos, the Flex does not depart from smooth handling abilities and is well-bolstered by a willing engine. 

Beneath the hood, the Flex is equipped with two optional units, a naturally aspirated and twin-turbo-charged EcoBoost six-cylinder engine. The base level is a 3.5-L six-cylinder churns out 285 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of twist. The FWD is good for 18/25 mpg city/hwy while the AWD returns 17/23 mpg.

Power-hungry shoppers can opt for the twin-turbocharged and direct-injected 3.5-L EcoBoost six-cylinder that cranks out 355 ponies and 350 lb-ft of twist. This unit comes exclusively with AWD, a combination handy for 16/23 mpg. The two engines mate to a 6-speed automated transmission with dual paddle shifters in EcoBoost outfitted-flexes.    

Interior and Exterior Features

The Flex is truly a people-hauler owing to its boxy-stylish capacious body with horizontal flowing contours. Its uniqueness is boosted by a peculiar chromatic bar that adds to the grille’s length and stretches to the headlamps on both sides.

  The Flex versions are offered with plethora standard equipment, including the SYNC, Ford Bluetooth connectivity with Smartphone usability and voice recognizable system and knobs mounted on the steering wheel are apt alternatives. It also reads incoming SMSs loudly and facilitates the use of Ford-based apps like Pandora radio or The Wall Street Journal news. The SYNC can be improved by MyFord Touch. 

Trim Level Breakdown

The Flex comes in SE, SEL or top-range Limited trim-levels. The SE comes with full power accessories, 17” alloy wheels, a six-speaker AM, FM and CD system having AUX port, A/C, a power-adaptive driver seat with manual recline, rear-parking sensors, automated headlamps and SYNC. 

The SEL brings the twin-zone auto-climate control, 8-way heated driver seat and 6-way power heated frontal seat, easily-foldable second row seats, keyless entry plus go, MyFord Touch, bright chromatic exterior accents, 18” wheels and fog lights.

The Limited spruces up the exterior with bigger, 19” painted wheels and additional chrome accents, navigation system, heated/leatherette-trimmed seats ensconced on first rows, HID headlamps and LED taillights, a power lift-gate, blind sport alert system, a 12-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, a wooden-trimmed steering wheel, heated and trimmed leatherette seats in the beginning rows and a 110-volts power outlet. 

The optional list is copious with niceties, including a refrigerated 2nd-row console, 20” polished aluminum wheels, a perforated leatherette upholstery, a DVD infotainment system, radar adjustable cruise control and a multiple-panel vista roof.  

Occupant’s Safety

The Flex cushions occupant’s through dual frontal, front sides and complete-length sideway air bags besides the traction/stability control systems and a tire-pressure control. For additional safety items, a blind spot monitoring program and second-row inflation seats belts are available at extra costs.

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Ford Excursion
Ford Bronco II
Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
Ford Freestar
Ford Aspire
Ford C-Max Energi
Ford F-250 Super Duty
Ford Explorer
Ford Expedition
Ford Fiesta
Ford Taurus X
Ford Freestyle
Ford Tempo
Ford LTD Crown Victoria
Ford Explorer Sport
Ford F-350 Super Duty
Ford Flex
Ford Escape
Ford Fusion Energi
Ford E-150
Ford Escape Hybrid
Ford Econoline Wagon
Ford Aerostar
Ford E-250
Ford Bronco
Ford F-350
Ford Shelby GT500
Ford Focus ST
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Ford Contour SVT

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