Owners generally expect power from their new SUV, and there’s no denying that the pair of options included under the 2018 Ford Flex’s hood is more than capable of producing all of the muscle you’ve been seeking. The 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine may be the “least powerful” of the two options, but that’s more a testament on the alternative offering. After all, this particular unit still manages to crank out an incredibly impressive 287 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, drivers can anticipate one of the smoothest driving experiences in the class.
Of course, the alternative option is also plenty impressive. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine is arguably one of the best offerings in the entire class. The system manages to crank out an incredible 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, leading to the utmost power for an owner.
The 2018 Ford Flex is equipped with a number of notable functions that will surely keep all of your occupants safe and secure. Several of these amenities are intended to prevent accidents from occurring altogether. For instance, the AdvanceTrac system with Roll Stability Control means drivers will never lose their handle of the hulking SUV. The Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system will play a similar role, especially in inclement road conditions.
The Adaptive Cruise Control may be one of the most clever inclusions. The system works similarly to your standard cruise control unit. However, this particular feature relies on sensors to detect when a collision is imminent. The vehicle will alert the driver when a crash appears to be inevitable, and it can even manipulate the brakes to lessen or prevent impact. Meanwhile, the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert will determine when an object is about to cross your SUV’s path, preventing you from ending up in a pesky fender bender.
The 2018 Ford Flex includes a number of interior amenities that help to elevate the SUV to a whole new tier. Of course, similar to many SUVs, it naturally starts with the abundance of interior space. The vehicle naturally offers 20-cubic-feet of space behind the third row, which is surely enough room to fit any school projects or sports equipment. However, by hiding that third row, drivers will unlock 43.2-cubic-feet of space behind the second row. That space is impressively elevated to unprecedented levels when that second row is removed, as drivers can capitalize on the impressive 83.2-cubic-feet of space behind the first row.
The brand also included a number of notable amenities that makes loading this cargo even easier. The second-row seats fold easily to provide optimal convenience, while the power liftgate means you don’t have to fumble with your keys as you’re looking to load your cargo into your SUV. There’s also the Power-Fold third-row seats, which allow you to simply push a button in order to hide your rear row of seats.
Looking for optimal comfort? Well, the 2018 Ford Flex also delivers in that regard. Drivers will surely appreciate the power-adjustable pedal (with accompanying memory function), meaning they’ll never have to finagle with the vehicle as they’re seeking their ideal driving position. Meanwhile, the extensive Climate Control system allows occupants to sit in their ideal temperature setting (thus preventing arguments over the air conditioner or heater). The second-row bucket seats even include a clever pass-through section, meaning your occupants won’t have to dive over each other in order to access those rear seats.
To top it all off, engineers predictably included a number of technological amenities that will positively influence the entire driving experience. The star of the interior is the SYNC 3 system, which provides an assortment of notable applications via the color touch-screen. Whether drivers want to access a navigation system or radio, the application will be right at their fingertip. Meanwhile, the Siri Eyes Free technology means you can access many of your phone’s basic functions with the sound of your voice.