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2013 Ford Flex

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  • Ford Flex
  • Year:
    2013
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  • Model:
  • Engine:
    EcoBoost V6 engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    355
  • Torque @ RPM:
    350
  • Displacement:
    3500 L
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The Ford Flex entered the market for the 2009 model year, superseding the Ford Taurus X and the Ford Freestyle. Riding on the same platform as the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, the Flex took on a what Ford considered to be a significant makeover. On the outside, the Flex got a new, single-bar grille, and redesigned headlight lenses to go with new fog lights in the lower corner of the front fascia. Outside of this, the side profile remained the same, and you need a pretty keen eye to point out any changes to the boxy and ugly rear end. Inside, the Flex got a new instrument cluster, refreshed steering wheel, electronic finish panels, new seat material and the next-gen MyFord Touch infotainment system. It should come as no surprise that there are plenty of right angles inside the cabin as well. Under the hood, the Flex can be equipped with an updated 3.5-ltier, Ti-VCT that now delivers 285 horsepower or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost that delivers an impressive 355 horsepower and offers all-wheel drive.

The Ford Flex competes in the same segment as models like the Chevy Traverse and the Toyota Highlander. The thing is, the Flex stands out almost on its own with its overall boxy design and styling inspired by the Range Rover. On the price front, however, the Flex is a strong competitor with pricing that falls almost dead even with its biggest rivals. So, does the restyled and more upscale Ford Flex have what it takes to stay strong in the highly competitive SUV market? We’re not sure, but we’ve detailed all the new Flex in our full review below.

Find out more about the 2013 Ford Flex after the jump.

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Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Ford Issues Three Recalls in the U.S. for Various Problems

Recalls are just a way of life these days.

Recalls used to be something that didn’t really happen all that often, but these days, it seems like every manufacturer is taking a bite of shame pie. Ford is the most recent company to pop out recalls this month. Two of the recalls are safety related, and one is compliance related, leading to more than 100,000 vehicles affected. The first and most important involves Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor sedan, and the Lincoln MKS and MKT models built for the 2013 to 2015 model years. These models, if equipped with the twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 could have a faulty fuel pump control module that could cause the engine to stall while driving, increasing the risk of an accident. A total of 88,151 of these vehicles are affected.

The next recall is also fuel related and involves the 2015 to 2016 Ford Transit with a 3.2-liter diesel engine. This model could have been equipped with a faulty fuel injection pump that could prevent the engine from starting. No injuries or accidents have been associated with this recall, but I’m sure a few owners have been pretty unhappy when their almost-new Transit failed to start in the morning. A total of 2,472 Transit vans are included in this recall.

The final recall involves the power window system of the 2017 Ford Escape. According to Ford, “the power window system configuration may exceed the regulatory requirement for remote actuation closing force, increasing the risk of injury.” So in other words, you, your child, or your dog could get one of your extremities pinched inside the window when it is being rolled up. A total of 23,150 examples of the 2017 Escape are affected and can be repaired with a simple update to the vehicle’s onboard computer software.

Before you call the dealer to schedule your appointment, you can head over to the NHTSA’s website and plug in your vehicle’s VIN to see if it is affected by these or any other recall campaigns on file.

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Ford's Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

Ford’s Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford. The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series.

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 005 - "Apparently we like the Ford Bronco"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 005 - "Apparently we like the Ford Bronco"

Happy Thursday, everybody. We made it to the incredible milestone of five (5!) episodes. It may not seem like much, but it is our first step towards world Podcast domination. Also, for reasons that I can’t really explain, we spend a lot of time at multiple points in the podcast discussing the Ford Bronco. So, yeah.

In this week’s episode, Mark, Justin and myself find ourselves rambling about the Hyundai Equus, Mistubishi Lancer GT and the Ford Flex Ecoboost in the Weekly Wheels segment.

For the big news stories of the week, we cover the shenanigans that transpired over April Fool’s Day, and slowly built into a horsepower war. We begin with the BoldRide created Jeep rally hatchback, then we move to the deliciously powerful rumor of a Jaguar F-Type Club Sport. Moving the horsepower even higher, we talk about the rumored 700-horsepower SRT Challenger Hellcat, and finish the insanity with some talk of the 2,000-horsepower Trion Nemesis. There is a bit of talk about the current legal dustup with Ferrari and fan’s Facebook page, as well.

For the Q&A segment, we field a pair of great questions from you guys. The first involves our thoughts on the success of super-cheap superminis, like the Dacia, and if we think they would work in the states. Our second question involves our ability to maintain a critical viewpoint when dealing with cars or brands that we hold a certain loyalty to.

Both great questions that lead to some interesting discussion.

We finish with the new Own, Drive, Burn segment where we argue over the merits of the classic mud-slingers of the International Scout, Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.

Make sure to keep all those comments, questions and suggestions coming. You can hit us up here in the comments, reach us on Twitter using our new podcast account @TopSpeedPodcast or you can reach us via email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

Thanks for hanging with us for five episodes, everyone!! See you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Ford Flex, Mitsubishi Lancer GT, Hyundai Equus

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2014 Ford Flex

2014 Ford Flex

Ford unveiled the production version Flex at the 2007 New York International Auto Show and put it on sale in the summer of 2008. A mild facelift was revealed at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, when the model received an updated exterior look with a single-bar grille replacing the old three-bar grille and "FLEX" lettering replacing the Ford logo. A more powerful V-6 version was also added.

Given all the updates offered for the 2013 model year, it’s no surprise that the 2014 Flex remains pretty much unchanged, with the only updates including new exterior colors — Sunset Metallic and Oxford White — and a series of new standard features.

The model will continue to be offered in three trim levels — SE, SEL and Limited — with prices starting from $31,100 plus $895 destination and delivery charges. Buyers can order it in six- or seven-seats versions, plus front wheel drive or all wheel drive configurations.

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2013 Ford Flex

2013 Ford Flex

The Ford Flex entered the market for the 2009 model year, superseding the Ford Taurus X and the Ford Freestyle. Riding on the same platform as the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers, the Flex took on a what Ford considered to be a significant makeover. On the outside, the Flex got a new, single-bar grille, and redesigned headlight lenses to go with new fog lights in the lower corner of the front fascia. Outside of this, the side profile remained the same, and you need a pretty keen eye to point out any changes to the boxy and ugly rear end. Inside, the Flex got a new instrument cluster, refreshed steering wheel, electronic finish panels, new seat material and the next-gen MyFord Touch infotainment system. It should come as no surprise that there are plenty of right angles inside the cabin as well. Under the hood, the Flex can be equipped with an updated 3.5-ltier, Ti-VCT that now delivers 285 horsepower or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost that delivers an impressive 355 horsepower and offers all-wheel drive.

The Ford Flex competes in the same segment as models like the Chevy Traverse and the Toyota Highlander. The thing is, the Flex stands out almost on its own with its overall boxy design and styling inspired by the Range Rover. On the price front, however, the Flex is a strong competitor with pricing that falls almost dead even with its biggest rivals. So, does the restyled and more upscale Ford Flex have what it takes to stay strong in the highly competitive SUV market? We’re not sure, but we’ve detailed all the new Flex in our full review below.

Find out more about the 2013 Ford Flex after the jump.

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2011 Ford Flex Titanium

2011 Ford Flex Titanium

The Ford Flex is known for its unique styling and its ability to allow someone to stand out in the crowd. At least, that’s what Ford’s research has shown on the full-size crossover. Now, it seems that Ford is using that research to develop a new version of the vehicle to top its 2011 Flex line-up. Move over SE, SEL, and Limited, there’s a new chief in town and its the new Flex Titanium. The Titanium is based on the Limited series and will be offered in three versions: a 3.5L V6 Duratec FWD priced at $40,340; 3.5L V6 Duratec AWD $42,190 and 3.5L EcoBoost V6 AWD priced at $45,185.

The Titanium version will be offered in four exterior colors: Red Candy, White Platinum, Tuxedo Black, and Ingot Silver combined with a new Tuxedo Black two-tone roof. The key features on the exterior are the blacked-out additions. These include the beltline moldings, fog lamp bezels and side-view mirror skull caps. The liftgate appliqué is now black chrome as well. The beautiful and striking exterior is finished off with 20-inch 10-spoke wheels.

TheFord Flex Titanium is also distinguished by charcoal black leather-trimmed seats with gray Alcantara suede inserts, circle check appliqués on instrument panel and doors, painted alloy metallic finish on center stack and door panels, a perforated leather steering wheel and illuminated scuff plates.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Ford Flex EcoBOOST in Boulder

2010 Ford Flex EcoBOOST in Boulder

The Ford Motor Company was gracious enough to invite the Top Speed staff to beautiful Boulder Colorado to try out the all new, more powerful FLEX with ECOBOOST in the perfect driving environment. This new vehicle combines the retro boxcar that started appearing on streets last year with the American automaker’s latest innovation in gas saving technology, the best part is, it hauls butt. By utilizing a turbocharged and direct injected V6 engine, Ford’s marketing department is claiming to get V8 power with six cylinder fuel economy, they were right. The FLEX with ECOBOOST that we drove through the mountain roads made 350 HP and made the crossover feel like a proper sports car at times.

The roads were outstanding, the view was incredible and the car was awesome. The FLEX is nothing but fun. From the powerful engine to the retro styling and 20 inch wheels this FLEX has a personality that is all its own, something that is very refreshing in this world of homogenous fuel efficient teardrop shaped econoboxes. The only thing better than how it looks is how the car drove, not only was the ECOBOOST V6 quick off the line but it handled amazingly well, and that is something that we were very happy of being constantly faced with 300 foot drops on the side of the mountain roads.

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2009 Ford Flex with EcoBoost

2009 Ford Flex with EcoBoost

The American automaker Ford just announced that the 2010 Flex crossover will also be available with the blue oval’s range topping 3.5 Liter EcoBoost V6, an engine that make the same amount of power as a V8, but with the economy of smaller engine, the gas sipping Flexes should be arriving in Ford showrooms by the end of this summer.

The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 produces 355 HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. An added benefit of the EcoBoost is that it is the first and only full-size crossover utility vehicle to offer Trailer Sway Control, a technology that will help bring both the vehicle and trailer-in-tow back under control if a dangerous swaying situation occurs.

Ecoboost engine will be available in SEL and Limited trim levels. The crossover will be offered with Active Park Assist, an automated system which parallel parks the vehicle with only the touch of a button, Paddle Shifters and a 4,500 pound Class III Trailer Tow with the standard Trailer Sway Control. Not to mention the Flex’s unique exterior deisgn.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Ford "Nelly" Flex

2009 Ford "Nelly" Flex

Nelly (the Grammy Award-winning rapper) brought his customized Ford Flex to SEMA today. His Flex is a custom-color blue car with a white roof, a modified sound system, 22-inch wheels, an exhaust system (described as "with a little bit of a rumble on it"), and a personalized interior: black Tuscany leather interior with Katzkin seats and contrast blue stitching.

According to Nelly, when he first saw the Flex he said, "Yo, that’s hot! How can I get one of those?" Ford is hoping for similar reactions from soccer moms.

Press release after the jump.

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Ford Flex at SEMA

Ford Flex at SEMA

Ford announced that a dozen aftermarket designers will display their "tricked-out" interpretations of the new Flex at the SEMA Show. Despite this number, each and every Flex on display at the SEMA show is unique and different.

Every model presented at the SEMA Show is going for a meaner look with redesigned the front and rear fascias.

Details about each and every customized Flex after the jump.

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CGS ReFlex to debut at SEMA

CGS ReFlex to debut at SEMA

CGS is preparing a customized 2009 Ford Flex for the SEMA Show. The car was designed by Sean Smith of SS Designs and will be named "ReFlex."

This new crossover SUV will feature custom paint by DuPont Refinishes with paint preparation by 3M, 22" one-off Bonspeed wheels, Pirelli Tires, Custom leather from Roadwire, door solenoids by SPAL, suede interior of Keyston Bros., and a custom sound system by Kicker featuring a Clarion navigation head unit.

As illustrated in the rendering, ReFlex will feature a one-off body kit, Sean Smith and the design team at CGS will clay up the body kit until it looks just the way they envisioned it. The CGS team is also designing and building hand made chrome moldings to separate the two tone paint scheme.

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2009 Ford Flex SEL FWD

2009 Ford Flex SEL FWD

Ford has given up on the minivan, and that’s why we have the Flex. The Freestar/Winstar was not well loved by the public, so Ford is re-approaching the family market with the Flex crossover.

Ford is going heavy for the crossover market. Of the Flex/Edge/Taurus X siblings of crossovers, the Flex is clearly the big brother. It is the largest, most expensive, and possibly the only one you will catch soccer dads driving.

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5-star ratings for the 2009 Flex

5-star ratings for the 2009 Flex

The 2009 Ford Flex earned U.S. government’s top 5-star crash ratings for all four front- and side-impact tests. It also received a four-star rollover ratings for both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions.

As standard equipment the 2009 Flex features dual front air bags, headliner mounted side curtain air bags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, roll stability control and tire pressure monitoring system.

Press release including crash rating system after the jump.

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Ford Flex Rally

Ford has partnered with the “Band From TV", to create the Ford Flex Rally, a scavenger hunt-style charity challenge in greater Los Angeles that allows 10 celebrity teams to put the new 2009 Ford Flex and its interactive technologies through its paces.

The event is scheduled for June 21 and will be hosted by “Band From TV.” The event will feature a host of stars from TV, film and music, each of whom will ride in a Flex and attempt to answer a series of clues giving them directions to the next venue.

"The new Flex from Ford is cool, man,” said Greg Grunberg, founder of “Band From TV.” "I’ve got 3 kids and I’m the drummer in the band and this car works for my lifestyle. Anytime my band gets to play a big party like the Flex Launch and raise a ton of money for our charities is a great day in my book."

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Ford Flex

Ford Flex

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2009 Ford Flex production starts

2009 Ford Flex production starts

Further building its strength in the rapidly growing crossover vehicle market, Ford Motor Company today announced the production launch of the 2009 Ford Flex at the Ford Oakville Assembly Complex (OAC).

“Today, we’re providing still more evidence that Ford is committed to delivering more products people want, further building on our crossover leadership,” Mark Fields, Ford’s President of The Americas told more than 1,000 employees, government officials and Canadian Auto Workers representatives at the launch celebration. “Flex drives as good as it looks, and the Oakville team is going to deliver another high-quality crossover for customers.”

The Oakville plant has increased production and is adding 500 jobs in an effort to keep up with the demand for its hot-selling crossovers including the Lincoln MKX, Ford Edge and Ford Flex, which starts arriving in dealership showrooms this summer.

Flex is powered by Ford’s award-winning 3.5-liter V-6 engine and is mated to a fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission. The powertrain is expected to deliver more than 260 horsepower, 245 lb.-ft. of torque and good fuel economy.

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Ford wants to sell 100,000 Flex units a year

Ford wants to sell 100,000 Flex units a year

Ford launched the 2009 Flex at the New York Auto Show in 2007 and the company has big expectation for the crossover: they expect to sell around 100.000 units a year!

The 100,000 threshold " absolutely" is possible for the 2009 Flex, said Jim Farley, Ford group vice president of marketing and communications. " That’s what we’re looking at production wise," Farley told reporters at a press event here.

The Flex goes on sale this summer. Ford is counting on new products such as the Flex, the 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan and the revamped 2009 Ford F-150 pickup to help lift sales in the second half of this year.

Industry sales are shaping up to be toughest of the year during the ongoing second quarter, Farley said. Flex will benefit the natural traffic historically generated by Ford’s Explorer and Expedition SUVs, he said.

" Flex will find a lot of full-size SUV customers, and a lot of people who haven’t bought Fords are going to buy it," Farley said. " So I think that will really help us in the third quarter."

Flex is powered by Ford’s award-winning 3.5-liter V-6 engine and is mated to a fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission. The powertrain is expected to deliver more than 260 horsepower, 245 lb.-ft. of torque and good fuel economy.

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2009 Ford Flex starts at $28,995

2009 Ford Flex starts at $28,995

Ford announced today that the 2009 Flex will go on sale this summer at a price starting at $28,995, including shipping charges. The three-row Flex is being offered in three trim series and in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.

While the base model, a fwd Flex SE, comes in under $30,000, the rest of the series carry prices well over that threshold. The most expensive model, an awd Flex Limited, is priced at $37,255, including shipping, and before options.

The Flex slots immediately above the Taurus X crossover, which starts at $27,605 including shipping for 2008, according to Ford.

Flex is powered by Ford’s award-winning 3.5-liter V-6 engine and is mated to a fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission. The powertrain is expected to deliver more than 260 horsepower, 245 lb.-ft. of torque and good fuel economy.

The Flex will be Ford’s largest and most luxurious crossover. It replaces the defunct Freestar minivan as the brand’s big people mover. The Flex, built with conventional rear doors instead of sliding doors, will be available in six- or seven-passenger versions.

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2009 Ford Flex available starting this summer

2009 Ford Flex available starting this summer

Ford released a mini-site for the 2009 Flex announcing that the crossover will be available on the market starting summer of this year. If you will go to http://www.fordvehicles.com/flex you will have the chance to learn more about the new crossover, build your dream car and have a little experience driving the car on-line.

The 2009 Ford Flex was unveiled last year at the New York Auto Show. It is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 260 horsepower, 245 lb.-ft. of torque and good fuel economy. The engine is mated to a fuel-efficient 6-speed transmission.

Flex’s available intelligent all-wheel-drive system is tuned to provide confident driving in all weather conditions. Intelligent AWD uses an active, on-demand electronic center coupler to allocate a precise amount of torque from front to rear – up to 100 percent to either axle. The system also can anticipate wheel slip before it happens.

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Collect Them All: Ford Flex Cards

Collect Them All: Ford Flex Cards

The 2009 Ford Flex won’t arrive in showrooms until the summer of 2008, but in the meantime Ford is taking out a few pre-production models on a pseudo-publicity tour. Read on to find out more!

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2009 Ford Flex2 by Funkmaster Flex

2009 Ford Flex2 by Funkmaster Flex

Hip Hop guru of car customization Funkmaster Flex brings his vision of urban luxury to Ford’s newest crossover with the Flex2. His signature two-tone paint scheme is integrated cleverly into the Flex2 through a House of Kolor Kandy custom paint job that features a Brandywine body color and a unique faux-brushed aluminum roof. Flex2’s exterior design is further enhanced by custom 3dCarbon accents including fender vents, upper and lower grilles and a rear upper spoiler.

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2009 Ford Flex by Chip Foose

2009 Ford Flex by Chip Foose

Courtesy of customizing legends Chip Foose and Funkmaster Flex, the 2009 Ford Flex sports two distinct new looks at this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

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Ford Flex spotted in the open

Ford Flex spotted in the open

A seemingly production ready Ford Flex has been spotted parked in the open, lacking only badges identifying it (other than a Ford oval on the grill and tailgate). Judging by the wheel size and appearance, it’s probably a base model version.
The Flex seems to be ahead of schedule, because the scheduled introduction is model year 2009. The concept car debuted at the New York Auto Show this past April.
Given the state of finish on this vehicle, the question is whether Ford has decided to (...)

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2009 Ford Flex Sneak Preview

2009 Ford Flex Sneak Preview

Recently I got a sneak peak at Ford’s pre-production seven-passenger “crossover” that’s due in showrooms sometime next summer. Looking seriously close to production-ready, the 2009 Ford Flex debuted at the 2005 NAIAS as the Ford Fairlane Concept. With a new name and bold exterior design, this could be the next iconic Ford, couldn’t it?
It may look like a cross between a Range Rover, FJ Cruiser and Mini Cooper, but the Flex is easily one of the most attractive Fords in a while. Exterior (...)

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2009 Ford Flex - promotional video

Ford unveiled the 2009 Flex at New York Auto Show. Flex is a a full-size crossover that sets a new standard for style, features, functionality and comfort in the U.S. industry’s hottest segment.
On sale in the summer of 2008, the Flex is arriving as crossovers continue to outpace even the remarkable growth of SUVs during the 1990s and minivans of the 1980s.

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Ford Flex 's Special Resemblance

Ford Flex ’s Special Resemblance

When seeing photos of the new Ford Flex, I can not help but think about another Suv on the market within the Ford family: this Suv being the Range Rover Sport. Visually the Flex has a similar stance, profile and front to the Range Rover sport but its is squished down to give it the wagon look that Ford was looking for. Though the Flex has a resemblance to the Range - I still feel like it is a great looking automobile and will be a hot seller for Ford- call in it the Mini-Range. There is a (...)

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2009 Ford Flex

2009 Ford Flex

Ford Motor Company redefines the modern American family journey with the introduction of the 2009 Ford Flex, a full-size crossover that sets a new standard for style, features, functionality and comfort in the U.S. industry’s hottest segment.

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