The 2018 Ford Flex is a large SUV with a box like structure. Many of us like to travel in minivans but hesitate to own them. Obviously, reasons are there. First is that it is mainly used for commercial purpose. Secondly, not many people would like to travel to their working premises by a van. Third is neither child, nor their moms would like to accompany you on a van. What if, you get a van like roomy structure with great fuel efficiency and an SUV looks? Not bad! Huh?
2018 Ford Flex: Changes and Features
Timeless looks of the new 2018 Flex are functional as well as quirky. The first glance of the car might give an impression of a unique fusion that would be an old vintage wagon from the 60s or 70s and a mini cooper. A detailed observation of the box like structured car would help in noticing the air intakes and soft edges. Among different shades the flying brick shade is popular among the hauler enthusiasts. The front portion of the car is uplifted with chromium grilles on both the sides.
Hard work of Ford’s designers is worth mentioning, the legroom area for the third row is little tight. However, foldable seat of second and third row along with adjacent seat to the driver creates enough space to accommodate cargo up to 9000 pounds. Ambiance is inviting and functional at the same time, premium quality upholstery and multi-functional dashboard have been improvised to a whole new level. This car is equipped with all kinds of sensors including anti-collision ones. Sync 3 system is the latest update by Ford which enables three screen monitoring facility.
Engines, Trims and Fuel Economy
The 2018 Ford Flex will be offering three models: SE, SEL and the range-topping EcoBoost. The SE trim is the base model equipped with 3.5 L V6 engine, which can generate 287 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 254 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. Fuel efficiency is quite good, 16 mpg within the city and 23 mpg on the highways either with Front wheel drive mode or all wheel drive mode.
The next is a 3.5 L-twin turbocharged V6 engine with 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. As the power level goes up the fuel efficiency goes down to 15/21 mpg.
The EcoBoost is offered only with all-wheel drive option. All the trim levels are paired with six-speed automatic transmission.
Price Range and Rivals
The 2018 Ford Flex SE model is going to cost below $30,000; SEL model is going start from $35,000, and it will extend till $50,000. It is hard to tell any particular MSRP as the company is about to declare the estimated price. The cars offer a unique shape and outstanding performance, so there is no chance of cut throat competition. But its pricing range adds on Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango and Honda Pilot; the price tag is little higher than Kia Sorento.