2013 Ford Flex Limited

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    2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Well, as most of you know we had been car shopping for about two months. We were looking for a 7/8 passenger SUV/CUV to expand into. Our previous car was a 2007 Maxima and while it preformed beautifully in its role it was simply too small for the changing needs of our family.

    Lets start with this, we literally test drove everything in the class aside from the updated Sorento.

    Four came out on top and we narrowed it down from there.

    #4 and 3 were the GM vehicles Acadia and Enclave. Both were great with the new updates but they still lacked in a lot of areas. Mainly in technology and interior packaging. We hated the second row seats as I couldnt sit comfortably up front with an adult behind me. The floors pushed the second row occupants knees high up into the air and thus you needed even more legroom than provided. The third row was also quite disappointing. Access to the third row was also poor as we even had a salesmen say to us that they didnt stock many 8 passenger configurations because people hate to move the seats to get in the back.

    All in all, I can see why people purchase them and why they are so popular but there were just too many drawbacks for us to consider one.

    #2 was the Pathfinder. It was a great well rounded vehicle. I can see why Nissan sold 200% more than last year. Although they only sold a little over 6k units it was very hard to find a dealership that had many in stock. Interior size is decent and the second row felt spacious. It was lacking in the look department for us and not even offering a projector HID setup was a very large turnoff.

    #1 ended up being a Ford Flex. We went into a local dealership to look at them only to be ushered into the Explorer before even sitting in a Flex. I immediately set the driver seat and jumped in the back seat only to find it majorly cramped and I couldnt even shut the door. Neither one of us liked the looks nor the drive feel of it.

    We then got to mess around in a Flex. First impression is that its literally huge on the inside. Headroom? You got it. Hip room? Check. Leg room? Massive. I did the driver seat test once again and not only did I have ample room but I had almost 4" of room between the driver seat and my legs. Styling? Take it or leave it. As a previous owner of a Terrain we are accustomed to the boxy look but the Flex is literally a tall wagon. It drives more like a car than an CUV which is a huge plus. Technology? Check as well. Safety? Good to go as well with it being an IIHS top safety pick and ours is equipped with the second row inflatable seat belts.

    Our Flex is a Limited with the 301A package that has
    • Active park assist
    • adaptive cruise
    • control and collision warning with brake support
    • 10-way power heated and cooled front seats + power-tilt/-telescoping steering column
    • 3rd-row vinyl 50/50 split bench seat with one-touch PowerFold® tumble with tailgate feature


    The main reason to get the 301A was for me to have cooled seats. Im insanely hot natured and even with dual climate control I freeze my wife out. The best part about the package though is the adaptive cruise. Its an insanely amazing technology. A little nerve racking the first few times you let the vehicle stop itself but it works great.

    The powertrain is just the standard 3.5 V6 with 287 HP and 254 TQ. As much as I loved the Ecoboost it was just out of our price range as it added almost $4k to the price. The 3.5 V6 does a very good job on getting the vehicle to move out if you want it. No, its not a speed demon its faster than the majority of vehicles in the segment and doesnt have that top heavy feeling you get from most CUVs. Then throw in the fact that you do not have a compromised view out of the vehicle at all. Rear glass is large. Rear side panel glass is large. If you want to see out of it you literally can as Ford went with practicality on that and I really applaud them for it.

    It has the dune interior and the color is called Ginger Ale Metallic. It seems really gold in pictures but in real life its just slightly gold with a very green undertone. Really a great color.









    All in all our Flex listed for $44,015. The OTD price was right under $38k. The Flex wasnt even on our list in the beginning and after joking about going to look at it we have one in our driveway.

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    I love the Flex. We recently picked up an 09 Limited AWD and it is great. I really like the new update and would love to upgrade to a new EcoBoost but I have more important things to do with my money right now. I might upgrade in 1.5 to 2 years though. The 3.5 is a solid engine. It is pretty responsive and decently quick.

    Did you get the AWD? I'm assuming you went 7 passenger? We went with the 6 passenger because with only two kids it was all we needed. Having the rear console for storage was more important than the additional seat. Also having heated seats and sliding seats in the rear is a nice bonus.

    The main reason that I went with a Flex over the Traverse/Enclave is because it drove better. I liked the ride and handling of the Flex and it actually felt a little quicker. The fact it was more wagon-like as opposed to SUV-like was big for me because I'm a wagon person.

    Enjoy the Flex, it will be an awesome vehicle to live with.
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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    We went with the 7 passenger. We have two dogs that travel and having the two captains chairs just doesnt work with them. I do wish that the bench slid but the one touch power folding second row passenger seat is a very awesome feature as well.

    Ours is just FWD but if we were looking for AWD we would of easily got the Ecoboost as it only adds around $1900 on top of the AWD system IIRC.

    The '13 3.5 actually gets a decent bump up in power from the older engines. It gets 25 more HP and 6 TQ.


    I agree with you on the driving feel. It literally feels like a car. We drove a '12 at first and the updated suspension on the '13 really makes a difference.

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    I have always said that the Flex is the most comfortable CUV on the road today. The interior space is just incredible and when paired with the Ecoboost is a sleeper although I like the 3.5 a lot. My aunt has a 2012 Explorer Limited and I feel is has great power. Anyway congrats with your new car it is a wonderful machine.

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Your Flex will be easy to find in the parking lot full of beige and silver me too vehicles. Congratulations. Great interior.
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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Exactly right hitman. Our second choice was actually silver with the titanium package but it fell through and I'm glad it did. Our first choice was the Deep Impact blue and then the Kodiak Brown.

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Congratulations. My next-door neighbour bought a Flex in its first model year. He demands a lot out of his vehicles and has only complained about Sync.

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Congratulations, very cool!

    My wife has always said, she likes the Flex, just doesn't want to own one........ (whatever that means!?)

    I'll have to get her to drive one before we buy her next set of wheels, she's always favored Durango's, Grand Cherokee's and Explorer's (and the Traverse some since the update).

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    The Tahoe was just too expensive equipped the way we wanted. If I had too pull something we would of seriously looked at it but the base price is over $40k.

    Sync and MFT are honestly not near as bad as people say. There are four ways to work the A/C. Only thing that could be better is a better manual for what commands sync use.

    Ed, I really wanted to like the Durango but crash test ratings took it off the list before we drove it. Seriously take a test drive of the Flex. You will be surprised by it.

    The Explorer is nice but it has that SUV ride quality. The Flex has the same tow ratings IIRC but not the sweet AWD system. If she wants space the Flex should be at the top of the list for sure.
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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Nice choice. I reallyyy hope they redesign the Flex rather than kill it off, but that doesn't seem to be the plan.

    I'm sure you'll enjoy this stylish baby.

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    I think a redesign will happen. If dealers would try to sell them instead of pushing people to the Explorer sales would certainly pick up. It wasn't just one dealership either. Literally every single dealer questioned us if we wanted the Flex.

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    Congrats! The Flex is so comfortable. I'm glad you made the right decision!

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Flex should've been called Geordie.

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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Congrats! Flex is my pick out of the big 3-row CUVs out there. The 2nd row space alone has made me a fan of it since the days of the Freestyle.

    No contrasting roof color though? I take it headroom was why you were avoiding Vista Roof (and I assume the roofs in the others)?
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    Re: 2013 Ford Flex Limited

    Just didnt want the added headache of the Vista. Its a neat option but not for us. The wife insisted that the Maxima have a sunroof and I used it more than she did so we didnt spend the extra $1600 for it.

    Contrasting roof is hit or miss. It looks horrible with a silver top on the Ginger Ale but looks good with black but who wants a black roof? Not me because I can see the top of the roof and it would of drove me crazy seeing a nasty dirty roof every time I drove it. lol

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