The 2019 Ford Flex ranks 10 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Flex, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2019 Ford Flex is ranked:
#10 in Affordable Midsize SUVs
#12 in Affordable SUVs with 3 Rows
#17 in Affordable Crossover SUVs
Test drivers say that a spacious interior and refined driving experience are among the qualities that make the 2019 Ford Flex a comfortable family vehicle.
The Flex is powered by a V6 engine that automotive writers say makes adequate power. However, many prefer the optional turbocharged V6 for its added strength. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, and reviewers say it shifts smoothly. Fuel economy is rated up to an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. Reviewers say the 2019 Flex has a comfortable ride and fairly nimble handling for a seven-seat SUV. They also say the steering wheel feels neither too light nor too heavy, which helps make the Flex easy to maneuver in tight spaces like parking lots.
Reviewers say the Ford Flex has a classy, well-designed interior. There is some disagreement about the quality of the materials used, but most agree that the seven-seat Flex has comfortable seats in all three rows, which is rare praise for a three-row SUV, as critics typically say the third row is cramped. The Flex has less cargo space than some rivals, but reviewers still find the Flex’s cargo hold spacious and useful. Standard features on the Flex include Ford’s SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a USB port and voice commands for phone and music controls, which reviewers say works well. Options include a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system and Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system, which features a touch screen to control climate, audio and navigation functions. Some reviewers say that MyFord Touch doesn’t respond to inputs very well or very quickly, so you should test the system before you buy a Flex that has it.