2018 Ford Flex

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$30,285–$43,295 MSRP range

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
2018 Ford Flex exterior side view

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

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Buying Another

by Maryland to Florida from Silver Spring, MD on May 12, 2018

Probably the most useful and best designed vehicle we've ever owned. It is in a class all to itself. Plus, it's pretty cool looking and easy to drive. Not too big, not too small Read full review

(5.0)

I loved my previous Flex, and I love my new one.

by JDEO from Ohio on April 20, 2018

It is wonderful. I love the exterior and the seats in the front, as they are comfortable and you can either warm them or cool them. I also love the heated steering wheel. I know that Ford has one of ... 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 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