2016 Ford Flex

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$29,710

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

19

Combined MPG

7

Seating capacity

201.8” x 68”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Wide turning circle
  • Mushy braking feel
  • Short cargo area

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 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

2016 Ford Flex review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

2016 - 2022

2022 and running since 2016.SEL, not bad,missing a few things that probably only Limited has. Wish I knew. I would buy it again (until it breaks first time, and then, not).

5.0

Lots of room

Very versatile can carry anything, pretty quick for a big car, wish I had the twin turbos.. easy fir big dogs to hop inside, low entry

5.0

Great family car!

Great family car! I used to drive a flex, and ended up buying a Chevrolet equinox. It worked for a while, but we noticed we needed more space and our children weren’t getting enough air in the back (there are no rear vents on the equinox). When we were looking for a bigger car, I immediately thought of the flex! There are four air vents on the ceiling in the back… A third row, and tons of space! The ride is also super smooth… Huge difference in the suspension of what I was driving before. You are even able to tow with this car! So impressed and definitely recommend it

See all 37 consumer reviews

Safety

Based on the 2016 Ford Flex base trim.
Risk of rollover
16.4%
Rollover rating
4

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Powertrain
Available
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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