There’s nothing else like it from a major auto manufacturer. To get the kind of curb appeal, fuel saving technology and V8-style power offered by the 2012 Ford Flex, you’d have to buy a car from a niche manufacturer. But because it’s a Ford, the 2012 Flex also offers the kind of daily driving performance and utility you need to power you through all the tasks you need to accomplish.
Mark Fields, Ford president for The Americas, notes that the “Flex appeals to people who want to stand out from the crowd.” Bold styling exercises tend to take place at the very top of the pricing chain, or at the very bottom, but rarely is a family vehicle treated to this kind of breakthrough exterior styling. It’s at once retro – looking back to the station wagons most of us grew up in – and futuristic, with its sharp lines and wide stance.
Other manufacturers have cool styling, of course, but in more cases than not, it’s form over function, and you’ll find that the interior is barely fit for habitation of more than you and your best friend. The Flex’s styling is a function of its form, however. It looks the way it does on the outside because it’s so open, spacious and inviting inside. Up to seven passengers stretch out in three rows, but the interior includes some additional surprises. Lockable compartments, cupholders for 10, a range of audio systems, SYNC® in-car connectivity which perfectly mates with all your smartphone functionality. Ford even provides features like MyKey® owner control as standard equipment, allowing you to set limits on speed and audio volume if you have young drivers at the wheel. The system also forces the Belt-Minder® chime to stay on until safety belts are attached, and the Low Fuel light comes on sooner, giving inexperienced drivers about 25 extra miles before the tank runs empty.
All of the styling and interior configuration would be for naught without a potent powerhouse up front. Ford now has two in the Flex. The base engine – available standard on all Flex models – is the 3.5-liter Duratec® V6, pumping out 262 hp and 248 lb/ft of torque. In city driving, the EPA estimates the Flex can turn in fuel mileage of 17 mpg, and on the highway, that figure rises to 24 mpg.
But to truly experience what the 2012 Ford Flex has to offer, you have to experience the V8-like engine power of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6. This twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V6 spools up 355 hp. But even more impressive, the engine can deliver 350 lb/ft of torque anywhere between 1,500 and 5,250 rpm, a broad, flat torque curve you’ll love every time you need to pass that slow-moving tractor trailer in the slow lane. And unlike those high-strung sport wagons from Europe, the EcoBoost-powered Flex runs on 87 octane pump gas, though for the ultimate in performance, 91 octane is recommended.
Towing a trailer? For a long time, that’s been the domain of full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. Cars are barely rated to tow anything anymore. Not true with the Flex. With a Class III receiver hitch in place, the Flex can haul up to 4,500 pounds with ease. That means that the Flex can haul your bass boat, your utility trailer full of ATVs, your full snowmobile trailer or a travel trailer anywhere you could think to go.
And going anywhere without leaving anyone behind is what the Ford Flex is all about. When you order Equipment Group 302A on the Flex Limited, or Equipment Group 401A on the Flex Titanium, you not only get the benefit of that fantastic EcoBoost V6. It also comes along with a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift™ paddle shifters mounted near the steering wheel, and the all-season, multi-terrain surefootedness of all-wheel drive. It’ll help you arrive at your destination, no matter how nasty the weather happens to get along the way.
The 2012 Ford Flex starts at an MSRP $29,465 and is unlike any other crossover, SUV or wagon on the market today. Contact us to drive one and learn how this unique, feature-packed, fuel-efficient and stylish vehicle can be a part of your life.