2018 Ford Flex

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Ford Flex. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2018 Ford Flex

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2018

There are no significant changes.


Latest 2018 Flex Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Just Purchased My Second Flex Limited...in love!!

by DRH255 from Hingham, MA on October 5, 2018

My first Flex was a 2012 Limited AWD eco boost, two tone silver with white roof. I absolutely love this car, drove it 102,000 miles. Best vehicle I've ever owned. Have had a couple of mustangs, a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Sporty and room mom car!

by Kari0885 from Bellevue, NE on July 7, 2018

We?ve owned multiple family vehicles and this is by far the coolest! It looks are eye appealing, its roomy and comfortable for our family of 5! I am excited to see it in my driveway every morning and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Ford Flex currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Ford Flex has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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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
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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