Before detailing what makes our $50,145 tester Titanium-worthy ($49,370 plus $775 delivery), it's important to recap what we already know about Ford's boxy three-row crossover. When the Flex first arrived in dealerships back in 2008, we said it has "the technology customers crave, its interior is world-class and it turns heads everywhere it goes." Those attributes still apply to the Flex more than two years later,and the addition of an optional 355-horsepower EcoBoost V6 has only bolstered the status of this unique crossover.
2011 Ford Flex is not changed significantly from the model in 2010, although he adds a new top-line model of Titanium with added features and appearance of certain signs. HD Digital Radio is now included with the package of voice-activated navigation, and Titanium Limited model and add a new option, Ford PowerFold third-row split-folding bench seat folds and tumbles forward with the touch of a button. Flex is still a kind of experiment-in-progress as a test of Ford for the crossover market that can play the role of a minivan, an SUV pulling a trailer such as weight, and looks like nothing else on the road.
Introduction Upon, the SE FWD is equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 262-horsepower engine achieves 17-mpg That in the 24-mpg city and on the highway. The Titanium AWD is equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 262-horsepower engine achieves 16-mpg That in the city and 22-mpg on the highway. A six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard trims on both.
Most versions of the Ford Flex 2011 carry over unchanged from the model-year 2010, though only a few treatments available exterior paints. Part of the new-of-the-line Titanium trim levels amp up and see the interior exterior Limited model, which shares equipment and features. 2011 Flex Titanium Black gets two-tone roof of Tuxedo, a black-out lights and trim all taillamps, grille, black chrome finish with a leading "" nomenclature Flex at the spearhead of the hood, and 20-inch 10-spoke polished aluminum wheels. Inside, it will be cut by charcoal black leather seats with gray inserts, illuminated scuff plates, and touch on various kinds added.
The 2011 Ford Flex gets no notable mechanical changes. Like an SUV, this big wagon is available with all-wheel-drive (AWD) and has a slightly elevated seating height. But it’s a crossover because instead of separate-body-on-frame truck-type construction, it has a car-based architecture in which body and frame essentially are a single unit. The 2011 Flex shares this “unibody” platform with the more curvaceous Lincoln MKT crossover, with the Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans, and with the redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer SUV.
The 2011 Flex continues with a wide array of convenience features, including driving aids that enhance stability and steering control. You can get your Flex with seven-passenger capacity via front buckets and second- and third-row bench seats. The alternative is a six-passenger arrangement with a pair of second-row buckets. Added for 2011 as an option on Limited and Titanium models is Ford’s PowerFold third-row bench that automatically tumbles into a floor well on a 50/50 split basis at the touch of a button.
Standard safety equipment on the 2011 Flex includes head-protecting curtain side airbags designed to deploy in a side collision as well as when sensors detect an impending rollover. Tilt/telescope steering, cruise control, and rear obstacle detection are among features standard on all models. So is Ford’s MyKey teen-driver-safety system in which the ignition key can be programmed to limit Flex’s top speed to 80 mph and the radio prevented from playing until safety belts are buckled, among other safety strategies. Features that are standard or optional, depending on model, include an electrically cooled second-row center console, remote engine start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Ford’s Vista Moonroof panoramic glass ceiling with opening panel.