2012 Ford Flex  -  $34,775


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $34,775
Base Invoice: $32,530
Destination Charge: $825
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr SEL AWD
Doors: 4
Drive train: All Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 18 | City: 16 | Hwy: 23
Body Style: 4dr SEL AWD
Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission
Engine: 3.5L V6 Duratec engine

Pros

Stylishly boxy; roomy interior; excellent seats; long list of comfort and tech options; strong performance from EcoBoost engine


Model News

After the Ford Flex got extensive updates and improvements for 2011, including new HD Radio capability, PowerFold/tumble third-row seats, and a new Titanium series, very little has changed about the Ford Flex. The rear wiper has been repositioned, more cupholders have been added for second-row occupants and a few option packages have been reconfigured. A new golden hue, Ginger Ale Metallic and Cinnamon are part of a revamped color palette.


Value Writeup

The Ford Flex has a lot going for it in the market. For one, it looks like no other; especially on the outside, its chiseled, boxy design is part tall, boxy wagon, part lowered SUV. But practically, the Flex's forte is interior space. There's enough space to make six adults happy for a jaunt across town; and with the two rear rows of seats folded forward, there's enough cargo space to rival that available in minivans. Features and options are impressive, too; inside, the Flex can be equipped better than just about any other utility vehicle from a mainstream brand While performance from the base engine is adequate, many shoppers will find the EcoBoost engine to be worth the price premium, as it makes the Flex feel more lively, but not at the expense of fuel economy or comfort.


Model Highlights

The 2012 Ford Flex is offered in four different trims, with a choice between naturally aspirated or turbocharged V6 engines across most of the model line.

A 262-horsepower, 3.5L V6 comes standard on base SE models, with front-wheel drive. Across the rest of the lineup, which consists of SEL, Titanium and Limited models, all-wheel drive is optional, as is a 355-hp, 3.5L EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Fuel economy ratings range as high as 24 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive version, while EcoBoost models deliver the performance of a V8 while achieving mileage numbers almost as good. With either engine, there's a quite responsive and smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission.

The fashionable, boxy wagon-meets-SUV design of the Flex pays off dividends in terms of interior space. With three rows of seating, the Flex truly has enough space to accommodate six adults, and thanks to rather long back doors and a tall roof, getting to that third row isn't too hard. The configuration, with second-row captain's chairs, won't disappoint, even for long road trips. And with the second and third rows folded flat there's an impressive 83 cubic feet of cargo space.

Overall, the Flex drives more than a station wagon than a sport-utility vehicle--which is a good thing. It handles curvy highways without breaking a sweat, all the while maintaining a ride that's absorbent but not too floaty. Even though the Flex is a boxy wagon, sidewinds don't get to it on the highway either, thanks to a Pull-Drift Compensation technology that utilizes the electric power-steering system. There's even more high-tech steering wizardry: Active Parking Assist is optional and uses sensors in front and behind the vehicle to automatically steer the vehicle into a parking space. Limited and Titanium models also include a rear-view camera system. And some will appreciate the Class III Trailer Tow Package, bringing towing capacity up to 4,500 pounds--enough for most boats and recreational needs.

The Flex Titanium comes with a distinct, dark-and-glossy appearance package that brings a special black-chrome-finish grille, blacked-out roof and liftgate and fog lamp bezels. Equipment on the Titanium is otherwise the same as the top-of-the-line Flex Limited, including adjustable pedals, memory seat and pedal settings, power heated mirrors, a power liftgate and 110-volt inverter.

Among the options offered in the Flex are Ford's Sync interface, which allows phones, media players to be remotely accessed with voice commands. New Traffic, Directions & Information services make traffic reports, turn-by-turn directions and even sports scores and weather easily accessible by voice, too. There's also a full navigation system, with a touch screen and voice-activated features, as well as Sirius Travel Link, which includes real-time traffic and gas-price information.

On Limited and Titanium models, there's even an optional class-exclusive refrigerated console between second-row captain's chairs; it can cool up to seven 12-ounce cans or four half-liter bottles faster than a standard refrigerator.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4

EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 (2011)

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
23 MPG

Cruising Range - City
297.60 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
16 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
18 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
427.80 mi

Engine Order Code
99C

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
3.5L/213

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
262 @ 6250

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 4500

Trans Order Code
44J

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic

First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74

Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00

Passenger Capacity
7

Passenger Volume
155.8 ft³

Front Head Room
41.8 in

Front Leg Room
40.8 in

Front Shoulder Room
58.4 in

Front Hip Room
55.5 in

Second Head Room
40.5 in

Second Leg Room
44.3 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.1 in

Second Hip Room
55.0 in

Third Head Room
38.7 in

Third Leg Room
33.3 in

Third Shoulder Room
50.8 in

Third Hip Room
41.1 in

Wheelbase
117.9 in

Length, Overall
201.8 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
75.9 in

Height, Overall
68.0 in

Track Width, Front
65.4 in

Track Width, Rear
65.4 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
83.2 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
43.2 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 3
20.0 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4643 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
2000 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
200 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
1.3 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.9 in

Front Tire Size
P235/60R18

Rear Tire Size
P235/60R18

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
40.7 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.8 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.0 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.6 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
60,000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V247000

Mfg's Report Date
APR 26, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
695

Summary
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ford Flex, 2008 and 2010-2012 Ford Taurus, 2008-2009 Ford Taurus X, 2008 Mercury Sable, 2009 and 2011 Lincoln MKS vehicles. The driver frontal air bag may improperly inflate during second-stage deployment in the event of a high speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."

Consequence
An improperly inflated air bag increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the driver's frontal air bag module, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 13, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16C06.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V340000

Mfg's Report Date
JUN 02, 2015

Component
STEERING

Potential Number of Units Affected
393,623

Summary
Ford Moor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles without a 3.5L engine and Lincoln MKZ hybrid electric vehicles, 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with a 3.5L GTDI engine and 2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with any available engine. The affected vehicles have electric power steering assist systems that may shut down as a result of a steering motor sensor fault.

Consequence
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will check the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). If dealers find any loss of steering assist DTCs, the steering gear will be replaced, free of charge. If, no codes are found during the PSCM inspection, the PSCM software will be updated, free of charge. Interim notices were mailed to owners on July 20, 2015. Owners will receive a second notice when the remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S18.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
15.1%

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

3.5L V6 Duratec engine

6-speed automatic transmission

All-wheel drive

Battery saver

Fully independent rear suspension

Pwr steering

EasyFuel capless fuel-filler

Bright polished stainless steel exhaust tips

18" machined aluminum wheels

P235/60R18 BSW tires

Compact spare tire

Chrome beltline

Wiper activated auto halogen headlamps

Fog lamps w/chrome bezel

Body-color heated pwr mirrors -inc: security approach lamps, memory

Rear privacy glass

Front speed sensitive intermittent wipers

Rear 2-speed wipers

Chrome door handles

AM/FM stereo w/CD player -inc: MP3 capability, auxiliary audio input, (6) speakers

SIRIUS satellite radio *SIRIUS 6 months programming included where available*

SYNC voice activated communications & entertainment system -inc: 911 assist, Vehicle Health Reports, traffic reports, GPS based turn-by-turn driving directions and information services *Traffic, Directions, Information Services receive a complimentary three year pre paid subscription (one phone/primary account)*

Heated front cloth bucket seats -inc: 10-way pwr driver seat w/pwr lumbar & 6-way pwr passenger seat w/lumbar

Fold-flat passenger seating

2nd row 60/40 split bench seat -inc: with leather-trimmed outboard seating positions, AutoFold feature on passenger "40", center flip out armrest w/(2) cupholders

3rd row 50/50 fold in floor bench seat

Adjustable head restraints

1st & 2nd row carpeted floor mats

Manual tilt-adjustable/telescoping steering column

Leather-wrapped steering wheel -inc: audio controls

Painted obsidian center stack finish panel

Message center w/trip computer

Pwr windows w/driver one-touch up/down

Accessory pwr delay

Pwr locks w/AutoLock

SecuriCode keyless entry keypad on drivers door

Remote keyless entry

MyKey system -inc: owner controls feature

Universal garage door opener

Cruise control w/steering wheel controls

SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

Dual-zone electronic auto temp control air conditioning

Rear A/C vents

Rear defroster

Locking glove box

(10) cup holders

La Cross ash-appearance IP/door applique

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Overhead console w/sunglass holder -inc: map light

(3) roof grab handles

2nd row coat hooks

Reading lamps for 2nd & 3rd rows

Leather-wrapped shift knob

Front seat back map pockets

(4) 12V pwr outlets

Driver & front passenger sunvisors w/illuminated mirrors

Illuminated entry

Grocery bag hooks in cargo area

Cargo net

4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes

Advance Trac w/roll stability control

Dual front airbags w/Personal Safety System

Passenger sensing system

Side-impact airbags

2nd/3rd row safety canopy w/rollover sensor

Reverse sensing system

Rear child safety locks

Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system

 
STANDARD EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS NOT REQUIRED
$0

 
CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS STATES PUBLIC SERVICE/EMERGENCY VEHICLE EXEMPTION
$0

 
NON-CALIFORNIA/NON-CROSS-BORDER STATES DEALER ORDER FOR CALIFORNIA STATES REGISTRATION
$0

 
3.5L V6 DURATEC ENGINE
$0

 
6-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
$0

 
EQUIPMENT GROUP ORDER CODE
$0

 
EQUIPMENT GROUP ORDER CODE
$1,100

 
EQUIPMENT GROUP ORDER CODE
$2,600

 
7-PASSENGER SEATING
$0

 
6-PASSENGER SEATING
$650

 
DARK BLUE PEARL METALLIC
$0

 
CINNAMON METALLIC
$0

 
GINGER ALE METALLIC
$0

 
MINERAL GRAY METALLIC
$0

 
BLACK
$0

 
INGOT SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
WHITE SUEDE
$0

 
RED CANDY METALLIC
$395

 
WHITE PLATINUM METALLIC TRI-COAT
$495

 
TUXEDO BLACK METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
CHARCOAL BLACK, CLOTH SEAT TRIM
$0

 
MEDIUM LIGHT STONE, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
CHARCOAL BLACK, LEATHER SEAT TRIM
$0

 
MONOCHROMATIC ROOF
$0

 
WHITE SUEDE TWO-TONE ROOF
$395

 
INGOT SILVER TWO-TONE ROOF
$395

 
TRAILER TOW PKG CLASS III
$570

 
CHROME ROOF RACK SIDE RAILS
$195

 
MULTI-PANEL VISTA MOONROOF
$1,495

 
INVISION DUAL HEADREST DVD ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
$1,995

 
2ND ROW FLOOR CONSOLE
$100

 
ALL-WEATHER FLOOR MATS
$75

 
POWERCODE REMOTE START SYSTEM
$345

 
PRICED DORA
$0


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