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2016 Ford Flex

$16,713 — $31,517 USED
Sport Utility
6-7 Seats
17-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Roomy, comfortable seating
  • Ride quality
  • Automated parking option

The Bad

  • Wide turning circle
  • Mushy braking feel
  • Short cargo area
2016 Ford Flex exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Ford Flex
  • Sync 3 multimedia system available
  • Choice of V-6 engines, including a turbo V-6
  • Seats six or seven in three rows
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Inflatable second-row seat belts available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Flex is one of three Ford SUVs that offer three rows of seats; the others are the Explorer and Expedition. The Flex has seating for six or seven people, depending on the configuration, and it competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

Front- and all-wheel-drive models are available. A 287-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is standard, and the all-wheel-drive Limited model is available with a 365-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6.
New for 2016
The newly available Sync 3 touch-screen multimedia system features conversational voice recognition, a new menu interface and smartphone-like controls. An Appearance Package features 20-inch wheels and black exterior trim.
Significant Standard Features

  • 287-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Backup camera
  • Cruise control
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 365-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 (Limited AWD)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Power liftgate
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Refrigerated console for second-row passengers
  • Navigation system
  • Automated parallel-parking system
  • Inflatable seat belts in second row
  • Forward collision warning
Vehicle Overview

The Flex is one of three Ford SUVs that offer three rows of seats; the others are the Explorer and Expedition. The Flex has seating for six or seven people, depending on the configuration, and it competes with the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

Front- and all-wheel-drive models are available. A 287-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is standard, and the all-wheel-drive Limited model is available with a 365-hp, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6.
New for 2016
The newly available Sync 3 touch-screen multimedia system features conversational voice recognition, a new menu interface and smartphone-like controls. An Appearance Package features 20-inch wheels and black exterior trim.
Significant Standard Features

  • 287-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Backup camera
  • Cruise control
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Roll Stability Control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 365-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 (Limited AWD)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Power liftgate
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Refrigerated console for second-row passengers
  • Navigation system
  • Automated parallel-parking system
  • Inflatable seat belts in second row
  • Forward collision warning

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Family Comfort and room with style and performance

by Zfive from Redmond, WA on August 26, 2018

Everything we were looking for. Perfect combination of wants and needs. Practical and fun to drive. Great for long road trips and daily commuting as well Read full review

(5.0)

lots of room and more than enough power

by john noel from port orchard, wa on August 15, 2018

meets all the needs we have for family transportation and enough space to haul what we need to. handles well in town and on the road. all family drivers find it easy and comfortable to drive. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Ford Flex currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Ford Flex has not been tested.

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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