2017 Ford Flex Overview
Ever since it first burst upon the scene for the 2009 model year, the Ford Flex crossover has been a favorite of families looking for a vehicle with a spacious cabin, as well as attention-grabbing good looks. Those are two areas where the Ford Flex shines the brightest. Thanks to its squared-off design, it would be rather hard not to notice this vehicle out on the open road. In addition, the Flex’s boxy frame allows for a roomy interior that can comfortably seat up to seven people. The Ford Flex is also relatively affordable, as the 2017 model carries a starting MSRP of $30,025.
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What’s New for the 2017 Ford Flex?
There are three new exterior colors offered with the Flex for the 2017 model year. Those hues are White Gold, Blue Jeans, and Burgundy Velvet tinted clear coat. Furthermore, the rear-console refrigerator that was offered on last year’s Flex is not available with the 2017 model.
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2017 Ford Flex Exterior
While the 2017 Ford Flex certainly seems to borrow a few design cues from the Mini Cooper, the Flex is definitely much larger and it’s also a lot more expensive. Noticeably absent from the front fascia is any trace of Ford’s trademark blue oval badge. Instead, the new Flex only wears the Ford logo on its rear liftgate. The back of the new Flex also features a noticeable dual exhaust system, which hints at the Flex’s two capable V6 engine options. Standard on the ‘17 Flex are rear privacy glass and 17-inch alloy wheels, while exterior color options include White Platinum, Ruby Red, and Ingot Silver.
2017 Ford Flex Photos:
Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Flex SE
- Halogen headlamps with autolamp feature and wiper activation, Intermittent speed-sensitive front windshield wipers, Rear window defroster with 2-speed wiper/washer, Easy Fuel® capless fuel filler, Bright Dual Exhaust Tips, Integrated blind spot mirrors, Manual-folding power heated mirrors, Solar tinted glass for all windows
Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Flex SEL
- Adds to or replaces features on SE: Fog lamps with bright bezel, Stainless steel bright beltline molding on sides and liftgate, Chrome Door Handles
Exterior available on the 2017 Ford Flex Limited
- Adds to or replaces features on SEL: Power Liftgate, HID Headlamps, LED Taillamps, Satin-Aluminum Finish Grille, Rain-sensing wipers, Satin Aluminum liftgate appliqué, Front and Rear chrome with aluminum insert scuff plates, Power heated mirrors with memory feature and security approach lamps, Power-folding heated mirrors
2017 Ford Flex Performance
Besides its unique design and comfy cabin, the 2017 Flex is also notable for offering two strong V6 motors for buyers to choose from. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 287 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes paired with a six-speed automatic that sends power to the rear wheels on the most affordable model. However, consumers can choose to upgrade to an available all-wheel drive system, which could be a desirable feature in northern states that see a lot of snowfall during the winter. The other available engine is a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 that provides 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, but that engine can only be matched with the all-wheel drive system.
2017 Ford Flex Efficiency
Fuel economy for the 2017 Ford Flex varies depending on which V6 engine and drive system the consumer chooses for their crossover. When equipped with the standard V6, the rear-wheel drive Flex yields an EPA-estimated 19 mpg combined. That rating drops down to 18 mpg combined when that V6 is matched with all-wheel drive and efficiency drops even further to 17 mpg combined when the turbo V6 is used with the vehicle. A 18.6-gallon fuel tank is equipped inside every new Ford Flex.
2017 Ford Flex Interior
Even though the current version of the Ford Flex debuted for the 2009 model year, the interior has stayed current thanks to continued updates that Ford has made. Even the entry-level model comes standard with premium equipment, such as a leather-wrapped shifter, Ford’s MyKey system, and a reverse sensing system. For even more luxurious features, consumers might want to check out the SEL trim. This higher-level model offers dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and the SYNC3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen. In addition, since many consumers looking at crossovers want to know about cargo space, the 2017 Flex offers 20 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row seats. Furthermore, both the second and third row can fold down to provide more than 80 cubic feet of available storage area.
2017 Ford Flex Interior Photos:
Interior available on the 2017 Ford Flex SE
- Manual climate control, Leather-wrapped shifter knob, Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, Manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Cloth Seats, 6-way power driver’s seat with 4-way manual front passenger seat, Second-Row 60/40 Bench Seat with Autofold Feature on passenger “40”, 3rd-row manual fold-flat-into-floor split 50/50 bench seat, MyKey®, Reverse Sensing System, Four 12V powerpoints, Audio Input Jack and USB port, SYNC®, AM/FM Stereo with Single-CD Player
Interior available on the 2017 Ford Flex SEL
- Adds to or replaces features on SE: Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control, San Macassar Wood Appearance Appliqués, Cargo Net, Heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, 6-way power passenger seat with manual recline and lumbar, Universal garage door opener, Remote Start System, Intelligent access with push-button start, Two USB ports, SiriusXM Radio, SYNC® 3
Interior available on the 2017 Ford Flex Limited
- Adds to or replaces features on SEL: Ambient Lighting, Perforated Leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood inlay and cruise, Yoho Maple Cross appliqué on instrument panel and door inserts, Memory feature for driver’s seat and foot pedals, Perforated Leather-Trimmed First- and Second-Row Seats, 110V inverter with AC outlet, BLIS® with cross-traffic alert, Audio System from Sony® with 12 speakers, Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, HD Radio™ Technology
2017 Ford Flex Safety
When the Ford Flex underwent IIHS safety testing, the organization gave it “Good” ratings in multiple categories, but the Flex didn’t earn Top Safety Pick status because it only received an “Acceptable” score in the difficult front overlap test. Standard safety equipment for the 2017 Flex includes traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, six airbags, and a rearview camera. Ford also offers more advanced safety equipment on more expensive trims, including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning, as well as blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert.
Standard Safety Features
- Rear view camera with backup assist grid lines
- Personal Safety System™
- Safety Canopy®System
- Front seat-mounted side airbags
- LATCH – Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
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