2018 Ford Flex

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

201.8” x 68”


Front-wheel drive



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 version
  • Seats six or seven in three rows
  • Front- or all-wheel drive

2018 Ford Flex review: Our expert's take

What it is: Along with the Explorer and the Expedition, the Flex is one of three Ford SUVs that offers three rows of seats. Depending on the configuration, the Flex seats six or seven people. 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 trim level is available with a 365-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6.

There are no significant changes.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Love this car!

This car is the most comfortable! Lots of room, lots of options, a dream to drive. Needed a bigger car that was good in the snow.


42K miles with no issues!

I'm 6'8". The Flex was the only SUV i could fit in comfortably short of full size pickup types. Excellent on the highways. 100% reliable.


Overlooked & Underappreciated

I can't understand the general aversion to the Flex. People either love it or hate and I personally love it. We've gotten lots of compliments on the vehicle despite its boxy shape and the lines in the doors give it very classic, vintage appeal. I've owned my Flex for about 4 months now and I believe I have made a very good purchase. The V6 engine provides more than enough power and it runs very quietly. When I pass another vehicle, before I know it I am doing 90+ effortlessly. The SE trim model I purchased is nicely equipped with automatic headlights, SiriusXM satellite radio, compass, exterior temperature, driver-side power seat, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. I love the room in the vehicle the long wheelbase provides. I am 6'3" and a passenger behind me has plenty of legroom in the second seat. I also have plenty of legroom and headroom while driving. The 3rd row rear seat folds down flat and we use it as a cargo area most of the time, but we are comfortable knowing we have if we drive more people and there's storage underneath the 3rd row seat. The Flex's ride is very supple and absorbs bumps very easily and comfortably. It feels very grounded to the road, but the steering is light and responsive. We get 23-24 overall depending on the conditions and we do a lot of highway driving because we live in a rural county. If I do have a negative about this vehicle at this point it is that the vehicle is low the ground and with a long wheel-base, some times going over speed bumps or other kinds of berms, it does scrape bottom. Otherwise. I think the Flex is a great car and I'm sad Ford has stopped making it, but I'm happy I finally bought one.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
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
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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