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2012 Ford Flex

$6,827 — $19,479 USED
Sport Utility
6-7 Seats
19-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • EcoBoost acceleration
  • Quiet cabin
  • Roomy second row
  • Settled highway ride

The Bad

  • Wide turning circle
  • Mushy brakes
  • Cargo area not very tall
  • Inconsistent quality of cabin materials
2012 Ford Flex exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Ford Flex
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Available twin-turbo (EcoBoost) V-6
  • Seats up to seven
  • Optional refrigerator

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Flex is one of Ford's entries in the three-row crossover segment, which includes models like the Mazda CX-9 and Chevrolet Traverse. The Flex comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. It can seat up to seven people.

New for 2012
Roof rack side rails are now available with the optional multipanel Vista Roof panoramic moonroof, while the second-row bench seat in Limited and Titanium trim levels now has a center armrest with two cupholders.

Exterior
In contrast to many crossovers, which are moving away from the boxy designs that defined truck-based SUVs for years, the Flex's styling embraces the box.

The Flex rides relatively low to the ground and has an upright three-bar grille. Its roof pillars are finished in piano black, which gives the roof a floating appearance. Buyers can choose a white or silver roof if they don't want a body-colored one. The Titanium trim level gives the car unique styling cues, thanks to various parts that are finished in black. The grille, roof, side mirrors and liftgate have either a black chrome or black paint treatment. Exterior features include:

  • Available 17-, 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Power mirrors
  • Keypad security door system
  • Available heated mirrors
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps and LED taillamps
  • Available powered liftgate
  • Available Vista Roof moonroof


Interior
Depending on whether the Flex has a second-row bench or captain's chai...

Vehicle Overview

The Flex is one of Ford's entries in the three-row crossover segment, which includes models like the Mazda CX-9 and Chevrolet Traverse. The Flex comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. It can seat up to seven people.

New for 2012
Roof rack side rails are now available with the optional multipanel Vista Roof panoramic moonroof, while the second-row bench seat in Limited and Titanium trim levels now has a center armrest with two cupholders.

Exterior
In contrast to many crossovers, which are moving away from the boxy designs that defined truck-based SUVs for years, the Flex's styling embraces the box.

The Flex rides relatively low to the ground and has an upright three-bar grille. Its roof pillars are finished in piano black, which gives the roof a floating appearance. Buyers can choose a white or silver roof if they don't want a body-colored one. The Titanium trim level gives the car unique styling cues, thanks to various parts that are finished in black. The grille, roof, side mirrors and liftgate have either a black chrome or black paint treatment. Exterior features include:

  • Available 17-, 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Power mirrors
  • Keypad security door system
  • Available heated mirrors
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps and LED taillamps
  • Available powered liftgate
  • Available Vista Roof moonroof


Interior
Depending on whether the Flex has a second-row bench or captain's chairs, it can seat seven or six, respectively. The SE has fabric seats, while the Limited has leather-trimmed seats. The second row folds and tumbles to make room to get into the third row.

There's a well behind the third row that gives the Flex more cargo room. The third-row seat folds backward into the well when it isn't in use, creating a flat load floor. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth or leather seating
  • Available simulated wood or metallic trim
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Air conditioning with front and rear controls
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
  • Available 12-speaker Sony stereo
  • Available Ford Sync system
  • Available ambient lighting
  • Optional refrigerator


Under the Hood
The Flex comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Flex can also be equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.

The Flex uses a capless fueling system designed to reduce emissions from evaporating gas during fill-ups. Mechanical features include:

  • 262-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with 248 pounds-feet of torque
  • 355-hp, 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 with 350 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Optional active parking system


Safety
The Ford Flex comes standard with MyKey, which allows owners to limit top speed, add extra seat belt warnings and limit the volume of the car stereo for drivers using a specific key. Safety features include:

  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Optional backup camera

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
29 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Most under appreciated Ford car made.

by tackleberry909 from Wyoming MI on August 16, 2018

This is not my first Flex I've owned. Mine have always been AWD, living in Michigan. This is, without a doubt, the most underappreciated car in the Ford line up. It's a fact that anyone that actually ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great reliability, tons of room & rides very nice

by JD Giilbert from Leeds, AL on August 6, 2018

While the exterior styling took a while to grow on my wife, I have always liked the style of the Flex since the first concept models were unveiled. The interior is very roomy with plenty of space for ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Ford Flex currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Ford Flex SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Ford

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Flex received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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