2012 Ford Flex

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Ford Flex. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2012 Ford Flex

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

2012 Ford Flex Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

Latest 2012 Flex Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

The quietest car I have ever ridden in

by JW at the lake from Mpls, MN on June 11, 2018

If you have the need to haul lots of cargo or people, and or drive long distances, this is the car for you. Comfortable, quiet, an easy car to drive. Very powerful even without the Ecoboost option. ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best Car I?ve EVER Owned!!

by Stephie0127 from Fort Payne, AL on March 15, 2018

I live this car!! I have four children, and my family can ride comfortably in this spacious vehicle. It is equipped with several different feature that I am already in love with, and several I haven?t ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Ford Flex currently has 2 recalls

IIHS 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker