2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost Review

2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost Review - Ford should set up basic masking devices on its Flex large crossovers. A week earlier, I was commenting that I never see them when driving. Now, they're almost everywhere I look. Careful assumption aside, you would certainly think I 'd have a hard time missing something as large and monolithic as the boxy Flex.

The 2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost Limited's layout is extremely geometric. The crossover's lengthy and upright silhouette is additional highlighted by straight character lines that stretch down its flanks as well as across the grille and also tailgates. The Flex looks, basically, like a shoebox on wheels. Some individuals dig it, some discover it constantly bland. Directly, I believe it appears like somebody at Ford extended a first-generation Heir xB to seat 7-passengers. With its optional different roof, it looks like the world's biggest Mini Clubman.
Boxy design, boxy ability
Directly, I'm a follower of the rectangular style, but I must confess that the looks needed to expand on me during a week's testing. Even if it's not your box of tea, there's little turned downing for that the upright as well as crate-like Flex's flaunts lots of room on the within for individuals as well as their things. For beginners, the standard roofing allows for lots of headroom on all 3 of the crossover's rows (around 41 inches for the very first 2 rows as well as 38.7 for the third), which is good if you thinking of packing adults back into the third row. (Legroom, nevertheless, comes to be a more precious resource on that particular 3rd row, but with 33 inches readily available, I had the ability to pleasantly suit my 5-foot-9-inch frame right into the room for a brief travel.).

Contributing to the sizable feeling is the optional Vista roofing system, which adds three little skylights to the Flex Limited's roof covering behind the typical front moving moonroof. The Vista roofing's glass is fixed and also does not open, but there are a trio of tones that can be drawn if one wishes to shut out the sunlight. I claim leave 'em open up; the skylights let much required light into the Flex's cavernous (as well as dark) log cabin.

2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost Review

One of my favored functions is the optional PowerFold third-row seats. At the touch of a switch, both back seats can be independently or at the same time folded right into a range of placements. The seats could simply fold up onward or put into back freight area, developing a flat-floored, 82.3-cubic-foot cargo hold from the front seatbacks to the rear hatch.

The power seats additionally showcase a "Tailgating" method that turns the bench backward, creating a place to rest when hanging out at the back of the automobile. Yes, in this last setup it can be bit difficult to obtain in and out of the seats when in this method you form of end up resting atop the folded up headrests, however the Tailgate method is a wonderful bonus attribute for those who camp, barbecue or (of course) tailgate.

Ecoboost as well as four-wheel drive.
The 2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost comes requirement from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that outputs 287 horse power, but our design steps up to an Ecoboost version of that mill. Twin-turbocharging as well as direct-injection bump the outcome to 365 horsepower as well as 350 pound-feet of torque. That engine is mated with six-speed automatic transmission from paddle shifters (that most Flex proprietors will never utilize). The Ecoboost version additionally makes the Flex's on-demand all-wheel drive system a standard function. (Naturally aspirated Flex owners have a choice between front- or all-wheel drive.).

An EPA estimated 16 city and also 18 consolidated mpg, the Ecoboost AWD Flex sheds just a single mpg when as compared to the less effective naturally aspirated AWD model. The 23 motorway mpg price quote coincides for both models.

The big crossover's handling is concentrated on convenience, however does not really feel sloppy. The Flex's ride is remarkably peaceful, though wind sound is noteworthy at greater rates-- you'll have that from such an upright windscreen smacking right into the air. Luckily, the wind sound is conveniently hushed by the Limited's common 12-speaker, 390-watt Sony costs stereo.

2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost Review

A mixed bag of outdated tech.
The Ford Flex debuted back in 2008 (as a 2009 version) as well as has actually only seen minor refreshes since then. Being an eight-year old automobile, it's not a surprise that the Flex's tech offerings are a mixed bag of dated and fresh attributes, but in general, dealing with the Flex's tech from day to day is a good experience.

For beginners, there's the MyFord Touch infotainment and navigation system, which is simply also sluggish for my preferences. Whether inputting addresses or simply changing resources, every action of every communication from the system seemed to take a bit longer compared to it should have. If I were driving and went into a tunnel, the map screen would certainly go blank for 2 to 3 seconds while the software revises the map in nighttime shades.

Though slow, the 2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost system does flaunt a solid feature established with a gamut of digital media sources on par with its competitors, accurate web traffic information when navigating, and most significantly, the power of Ford Sync voice command. Sync is truly this system's saving grace, due to the fact that it enabled me to simply speak an address as well as return to business of driving while the slow-moving transmitting software program worked out my purposes by itself time.

The Flex also showcases Ford's Smartgauge hybrid instrument collection, which is as good as it ever before was and also stays among my favorite gauge clusters when driving. The system flanks a huge, easy-to-read speedometer with 2 smaller shade displays. The display screens each correspond one of two small directional pads on the steering wheel, putting a host of automobile information on the left display and replicating one of the most essential infomercial functions on the right. Just what's most impressive is just how logical as well as reduced disturbance this configuration is.

Self-parking modern technology.
The 2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost is offered with Ford's semi-autonomous car parking system, which measures offered parallel parking spaces and can steer the crossover right into an area while the motorist regulates the steering and also brakes. This is, nevertheless, an older generation of the technology as well as could not reverse-perpendicular park like the several of the most recent Ford designs. Nevertheless, I discover this function to be important on an automobile as long as the Flex. Sure, I can do a pretty good task of by hand vehicle parking from the standard back video camera, but the parking aide merely makes every little thing so effortless as well as idiot-proof.

The exact same bundle that includes that parking aide additionally turns in a lane-departure sharp system, which uses cameras to find when the Flex is wandering from its lane without signalling as well as shakes the steering wheel. This is a sharp system, however there is no intervention. The package deal additionally consists of adaptive cruise control, which maintains a pre-specified rate on the motorway, yet can slow to keep a risk-free following distance behind a lead car. Yet this isn't really a full-speed system; it deactivates at speeds listed below 15 miles per hour, so you can not utilize it to sneak with traffic.

We've also got blind-spot monitoring, back cross-traffic alert, and park distance sensors, rounding out a driver-aid tech collection that hits the high points but isn't as fleshed out as I 'd like a $50k crossover to be. The 2017 Ford Flex Limited Ecoboost starts at around $29,100 from an $895 destination fee for the base SE version. Nevertheless, near to completely loaded from the Minimal trim upgrades, the Ecoboost engine, the driver-aid devices plan and even more, our instance rolls off of the lot at $49,845 prior to incentives, which presses the limit of exactly what I think the Limited deserves. Staying with the middle of the Flex's price range (which could possibly indicate avoiding the Ecoboost powertrain) yields a much better worth.

However contrasting the Flex to its peers is challenging, considering that it's so unlike the rest of the seven-seaters on the marketplace. The Honda Aviator, the Toyota Highlander and also their pal are all conventional SUVs from conventional SUV driving feel. The Flex's handling is one of the most car-like (risk I say, minivan-like?) of the lot as well as is sure to interest drivers unpleasant from the concept of actually going up into a "energy bill automobile.".

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