2017 Ford Flex

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in Midsize wagons
2017 MODEL

$30,025 - $43,030

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The effortlessly good-looking 2017 Ford Flex Wagon is an absolute family car with its spacious finish and a distinctive styling.

Starting with a base price of $30025, the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon fits the description of the old-school station wagon in a modern avatar. The standard three-row interiors can easily accommodate 7 passengers with still enough room to spare. Features like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and a 12 speaker Sony sound system make the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon a favorite family car.

The 2017 Ford Flex Wagon comes with 3.5 liter engine options – the 287 horsepower base engine and an EcoBoost 365 horsepower twin turbo engine. The 6-speed automatic transmission is standard and there is an option between a front wheel and all wheel drive system.


7.2/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.3/10
Interior

 

7.2/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Starting with a base price of $30025, the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon fits the description of the old-school station wagon in a modern avatar. The standard three-row interiors can easily accommodate 7 passengers with still enough room to spare. Features like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and a 12 speaker Sony sound system make the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon a favorite family car.

2017 Ford Flex Features

7.2/10

The 3.5-liter V6 engine is standard in all the trims of the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon and so is the 6-speed automatic transmission mated with the front wheel drive system except for the SEL trim which comes with an optional 3.5 liter turbocharged V6 engine which sends power to the default all-wheel-drive system with the help of the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. What do we recommend? We recommend the SEL trim of the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon as it comes with features like blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. The Appearance Package adds black exterior and interior trims, 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and a rear entertainment system. Furthermore, the exclusive turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine has better output than the rest of the trims.

Trim SE SEL Limited
MSRP $30,025 $32,730 $38,230
MSRP (AWD) N/A $34,680 $40,180
Key Features
  • AM/FM stereo/single-CD player with MP3 capability
  • 6 speakers
  • Climate controls – Single-zone climate control with manual rear auxiliary;
  • Includes 2nd- and 3rd-row adjustable vents
  • Windows – Power with one-touch-up/-down driver’s side feature Headlamps – Halogen projector
  • Mirrors – Black, power, heated, manually folding side view with integrated blind spot mirrors
  • AM/FM stereo/single-CD player with MP3 capability
  • 6 speakers SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • All Access trial subscription Climate controls – Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control
  • Manual rear auxiliary
  • Includes 2nd- and 3rd-row adjustable vents Windows – Power with front one-touch-up/-down feature Headlamps – Halogen projector
  • Audio System from Sony with HD Radio Technology
  • AM/FM stereo/single-CD player with MP3 capability
  • 12 speakers SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 6-month All Access trial subscription
  • Ambient lighting Climate controls – Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control with manual rear auxiliary; includes 2nd- and 3rd-row adjustable vents Windows – Power with front one-touch-up/-down feature

We Recommend 

We recommend you to buy the SEL trim. You will some great value for money features without turning out your pockets. 

 

2017 Ford Flex Engine

7.0/10

"With such a strong focus on utility, it's no surprise that the Flex generally prioritizes comfort over responsive handling. That said, the Flex's steering is responsive, and this boxy bus is rock-solid stable on the highway. It's also very easy to see out of. The Flex's age shows when ruts and bumps rock the cabin; most competitors are newer and better at soaking up body movements while traveling over rough pavement"-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The base 3.5-liter V6 engine of the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon is part of its latest version corporate powertrain which generates a horsepower of 287 and torque of 254 pound-feet. The optional turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine has an increased output of 365 horsepower. The 6-speed automatic transmission shifts gracefully and it contributes to the smart system with steering and throttle sensors which keeps the vehicle in lower gears at slow speeds and picks up momentum and shifts to the upper gears in less than 10 seconds.

Models Ford Flex SE Honda Pilot LX Dodge Durango SXT Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
MSRP $30,025 $30,595 $29,995 $30,800
Engine 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 3.5-liter V-6 engine 3.6-liter V-6 engine 3.3-liter V-6 engine
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-Speed Automatic Transmission 8- Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower 287 hp 280 hp 293 hp 290 hp
Torque 254 lb-ft 262 lb.-ft. 260 lb.-ft. 252 lb-ft.

In spite of having the lowest base price among the four, the Dodge Durango SXT houses the most powerful engine with the massive output of 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It is followed right behind by the costliest Hyundai Santa Fe Limited producing a horsepower of 290 and torque of 252 pound-feet. the Flex does have a slightly better torque of 254 pound-feet than the Hyundai but falls behind in terms of horsepower output of 287. Meanwhile, the Honda Pilot LX happens to be the home for the least powerful engine compared to the three other rivals as it generates on 280 horsepower but manages to have the highest torque of 262 pound-feet.  

Acceleration

The 3.5-liter V6 engine of the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon pair significantly well with its 6-speed automatic transmission and goes up and down the gear ratio without any unattended revs. There is no power loss in the process and the acceleration is adequate enough for a wagon. It takes just 6.2 seconds to accelerate this behemoth of a vehicle from 0-60 MPH.

Models Ford flex SE Honda Pilot LX Dodge Durango SXT Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
0-60 MPH 6.2 sec 6.1 sec 7.6 Sec 6.7 sec
Quarter mile 14.7 sec 15.1 sec 15.8 sec 15.2 sec
Engine 3.5L 3.5L 3.6 L 3.3L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 9.2 8.0 8.4 NA

Over the quarter mile, the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon manages to swoop in and finish first with a timing of 14.7 seconds leaving the initially fastest Honda Pilot doing it in 15.1 seconds. The Hyundai Santa does exceptionally well over the quarter-mile as well and falls behind than the Honda by a millisecond. And finally, the Dodge Durango doesn’t recover from its slow start and is still the last one to cross the quarter-mile mark in 15.8 seconds.

Handling and Steering

The steering feel of the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon is fairly crisp and the overall ride quality is comfortable except during tight corners. The electric power steering system has a quick steering ratio with impressive predictability.  

Braking

The brakes of the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon had been previously upgraded in order to achieve more friction area and it features a larger master cylinder contributing towards a better pedal feel. The reaction is instant and has quite a bite to it.  

Model Ford Flex SE Honda Pilot LX Dodge Durango SXT Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
Brake Front (in.) 12.8 12.6 13.0 12.6
Brake Rear (in.) 13.0 13.0 13.0 11.9
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4439 4054 4756 4026
60-0 MPH (ft.) 122 128 124 125

  Performing exceptionally well once again, the Ford Flex Wagon ends up with the best braking stats, bringing the car to halt from 60 mph at 122 feet. The Dodge Durango and the Hyundai Santa have a close fight as the former stops the vehicle at 124 feet while the latter falls behind by a foot. The Honda Pilot is the one which suffers in the braking department and is the last one to bring the car at halt by covering a distance 128 feet coming down from 60 mph.

2017 Ford Flex Fuel Economy

6.1/10

The base 3.5-liter V6 engine of the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon has a decent fuel economy given its performance. The optional turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine lies on the less efficient end of the fuel economy as it falls shorter by 1 mpg in the city, 2 mpg on the highways and 2 mpg combined than the base engine.

Model Ford Flex SE Honda Pilot LX Dodge Durango SXT Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
MPG (city) 16 19 19 18
MPG (highway) 23 27 26 25
MPG (combined) 19 22 21 21

  The Honda Pilot and the Dodge Durango prove to the most efficient in the cities with 19 mpg each; the Honda does better in the highway and combined than the Dodge with 27 mpg and 22 mpg up against 26 mpg and 21 mpg respectively. The Hyundai Santa doesn’t fall behind by much and records an 18 mpg in the cities, 25 mpg combined and a similar 21 mpg combined like the Durango. The 2017 Ford Flex Wagon is seen to be least efficient among the four with the lowest of 16 mpg in the cities, 23 mpg in the highways and 19 mpg combined.

2017 Ford Flex Interior

9.3/10

"The interior of the 2017 Ford Flex is inviting, functional, elegantly appointed and meticulously assembled. The Flex’s instrument panel is clean and functional, with large air conditioning vents and three screens for the Sync 3 system"-KBB

Seating and comfort

The first and second-row seats are well cushioned and wide enough with sufficient space in the back. The third-row splits in a 50/50 fashion and lacks in padding.  

Model Ford flex SE Honda Pilot LX Dodge Durango SXT Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
Passenger capacity 7 8 5 7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 41.8/58.4/42.6 40.1/62.0/40.9 39.9/58.5/40.3 39.9/59.4/41.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.5/58.1/44.3 40.2/62.0/38.4 39.8/58.3/38.6 39.4/58.3/40.4

  The Honda Pilot LX has the highest passenger capacity of 8 while both the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon and the Hyundai Santa share a similar 7 passenger capacity. The Dodge Durango is quite compact compared to its rivals and houses only 5 passengers. In terms of front seat passengers, the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon has the most headroom and legroom while the Dodge Durango and the Hyundai Santa share the lowest headroom, the Durango further continues to lack in legroom as well. As for the second-row passengers, the Ford Flex boasts the most generous headroom and legroom space. While the Hyundai Santa has the least headroom, the Honda Pilot suffers from the least legroom.

Interior Features

  • 6-way power adjustable passenger seat with multilevel heating and lumbar support
  • Manually folding split-bench third-row seats
  • Rear ventilation ducts with fan control
  • 2 one-touch power mirrors
  • Tilt and telescoping electric power steering with audio and cruise controls
  • Universal remote transmitter
  • Overhead console with storage
  • Rear parking sensors

Infotainment

The Ford Flex Wagon has a good update infotainment system featuring a Sync 3 interface, simple menu layout and very responsive controls. You can find the climate control and touch-sensitive radio buttons just below the touchscreen.

  • 6 total speakers
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Satellite radio
  • Video monitor
  • AM/FM stereo

Cargo

The Ford Flex Wagon offers you a generous amount of cargo space starting right behind the front seats when the second and third-row seats are folded. Being very high on practicality, the Flex encourages you to venture long drivers.

Model Ford flex SE Honda Pilot LX Dodge Durango SXT Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3) 83.2 83.9 84.5 80.0
Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3) 43.2  46.8 47.7 40.9
Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3) 20.0 16.5 NA 13.5

When the second and third-row seats are folded, the Dodge Durango houses the most spacious cargo area within a whopping 84.5 cubic feet while the Hyundai Santa has the least of 80 cubic feet. The 2017 Ford Flex Wagon has a decent space of 83.2 cubic feet. With the only the third row folded, the Dodge continues to lead the table with a volume of 47.7 cubic feet and the Hyundai Santa goes on with the least of 40.9 cubic feet. The 2017 Ford Flex Wagon ends up in the third place with 43.2 cubic feet. However, things change in case of the cargo space with the third-row seats up as the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon exhibits the largest of 20 cubic feet while the Hyundai still doesn’t manage to cope up and houses the least of 13.5 cubic feet.

2017 Ford Flex Exterior

7.2/10

"In a world of automotive sameness, the 2017 Ford Flex brings a style all its own. It looks like nothing else on the road and there aren’t many cars or trucks you can say that about these days. It’s a box, for sure, but an elegantly detailed box, with aero-friendly contours, soft edges and a large greenhouse"-KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Ford Flex Wagon is a massive family car with huge dimensions which results in its spacious interiors and cargo spacing. The car looks massive and its long stance give it more of a wagon look than the SUV.

Model Ford flex SE Honda Pilot LX Dodge Durango SXT Hyundai Santa Fe Limited
Curb weight (lbs.) 4439 4054 4756 4026
Length(in) 201.8 194.5 201.2 193.1
Width(in) 75.9 78.6 75.8 74.2
Height(in) 68.0 69.8 70.9 66.5
Ground clearance (in) 5.9 NA 8.1 7.3
Wheelbase (in) 117.9 111 119.8 110.2
Track width (in) F/R 65.4/65.4 66.3/66.3 63.9/64.1 64.1/64.5

As expected, the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon is the longest among the four other than being the second heaviest and having the least ground clearance. The Honda Pilot enjoys being the widest body and track width dimensions. The heaviest Dodge Durango is also the tallest and has the most ground clearance and wheelbase while the least heavy Hyundai Santa Fe is the shortest in length, width and wheelbase.

Exterior Features

  • Rear defogger and window wiper
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear Liftgate door
  • Cargo tie downs
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Traction and stability control

2017 Ford Flex Safety

The safety features in the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon are fairly reassuring and contributes to the wholesome and secure driving experience with features like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise controls, and front collision warning system.

•             Front passenger includes dual-stage front airbags

•             Safety belt pretensioners

•             Safety belt energy-management retractors

•             Safety belt usage sensors

•             Driver’s seat position sensor

•             Crash severity sensor

•             Restraint control module and Front Passenger Sensing System

•             Airbags – Front-seat side

•             LATCH – Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children (2 for 2nd row and 1 for 3rd row)

•             Child-safety rear door locks

•             Remote Keyless Entry System with integrated keyhead transmitter remotes

•             Rear view camera

•             Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare)

•             SOS Post-Crash Alert System

IIHS Rating  

Small overlap front driver side Acceptable
Small overlap front passenger side Not rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Front crash prevention Basic
Headlights Marginal
Child seats anchors (LATCH) Acceptable

NHTSA Rating  

Rollover rating 4 star

2017 Ford Flex Competition

Honda Pilot LX vs Ford Flex

The Honda Pilot is a full package of a stylish vehicle with a worry-free driving experience.  The 3.5-liter V6 engine sends power to the optional front wheel or all wheel driving system through the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The torque vectoring system of the all-wheel drive system along with the different modes namely sand, snow and mud contribute immaculately towards better handling. Up against its rival the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon, the Honda has a slightly less powerful engine output and fairly similar acceleration, it does suffer from a dip in terms of braking but recovers really well with its fuel economy, and it has an increased capacity of 8 passengers and bigger cargo space.  

Dodge Durango SXT vs Ford Flex

Featuring an unconventionally brawny design, the Dodge Durango SXT doesn’t compromise with its handling in spite of its huge size and facilitates its passengers with a comfortable ride quality. The two V6 and V8 engine options couple with either one of the rear-wheel or all-wheel drive system.  Its Uconnect infotainment system includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen display and features many favorable options. In comparison with the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon, the Dodge very poor acceleration figures in spite of housing a way more powerful engine, it has decent braking given its heavy curb weight and is more efficient in terms of fuel economy as well. However, it can capacitate only 5 passengers yet has enough cargo space.  

Hyundai Santa Fe vs Ford Flex

Limited With handsome exterior styling and spacious interiors, the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited stands out among the other SUVs. The 3.3-liter V6 engine paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission produces adequate acceleration complemented by its smooth gear shifts. Front wheel drive is standard with an optional all-wheel-drive system. The infotainment system features an optional 12 speaker audio system and is compatible with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Blue Link connectivity. When compared to the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon, Hyundai has a somewhat better engine output with a slightly slower acceleration rate, the braking needs a little improvement as well like its better fuel economy, it has an equal passenger capacity of 7 like the Flex but lacks in cargo space.

2017 Ford Flex Final Verdict

Our final verdict on the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon is that it’s a complete family car with a powerful performance and spacious interiors boosting the ride quality. It is suitable for long drives and isn’t much of a problem to move about town as well. Up against its rivals, it outperforms them in several aspects and needs little tweaks as well. But overall, the 2017 Ford Flex Wagon would be a wise investment and you wouldn’t regret buying it, especially if you have a big family.

Pros

Ample amount of cargo and cabin spacious boosting versatility

Optional turbocharged engine has massive outputs

Impressive overall powertrain options

Good driver visibility irrespective of the car size

Cons

A bit congested third row passenger seat

Interior controls not that user-friendly

Latest driver safety aids in limited availability

No sliding option for the second row bench

What's New?

Heated second-row seats now discontinued


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30025

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu. in.

horsepower

287 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

254 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13 in. ventilated front disc/12.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

117.9 in.

length

201.8 in.

width

75.9 in.

height

68 in.

curb weight

4439 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

155.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

20 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

427.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Ford Flex in Magnetic Metallic color  2017 Ford Flex in Oxford White color  2017 Ford Flex in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2017 Ford Flex in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2017 Ford Flex in Blue Jeans Metallic color
Magnetic Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.2

Engine

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

9.3

Exterior

7.2

Comfort

8.3

Driving

8.3

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Ford Flex SE

SE

power
287 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$30,025


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $30,025 MSRP (16/19/23) 287 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Ford Flex SEL

SEL

power
287 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$32,730 - $34,680


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,730 MSRP (16/19/23) 287 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7 NA
SEL 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,680 MSRP (16/18/22) 287 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7 NA

 2017 Ford Flex Limited

Limited

power
365 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$38,230 - $43,030


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Wagon (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $38,230 MSRP (16/19/23) 287 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 7 NA
Limited 4dr Wagon AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $40,180 MSRP (16/18/22) 287 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7 NA
Limited 4dr Wagon AWD w/EcoBoost (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $43,030 MSRP (15/17/21) 365 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 7 NA