2020 Ford Flex
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The 2020 Ford Flex is a full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV) that sits between the Ford Explorer and the Ford Expedition within the Ford lineup. Capable of seating up to seven passengers, the Ford Flex is one of the longest utility vehicles sold by the Ford Motor Company.

When it was first released in 2009, its goal was to offer all the convenience of a minivan in a more youthful and utilitarian design, all while paying homage to the “Woodie” station wagons of the past. The Ford Flex is regarded today as being one of the first crossover vehicles, currently the most lucrative automotive category.

Changes, Updates, New Features

With the presence of the 2020 Ford Explorer and recently updated Ford Expedition, it is currently unclear if the Flex will continue to exist beyond the 2020 model year. Except for a few notable changes such as a mild facelift, the vehicle is virtually unchanged since it was first launched in 2009.

Exterior

  • The Flex’ styling is halfway between that of a sport utility vehicle and a large station wagon, with a clean, boxy and utilitarian look.
  • Bold FLEX stamping above the front grille.
  • Flex Limited sets itself apart from the rest of the Flex lineup with unique 19-inch wheels and full-LED headlights.
  • Available black-painted roof, mirrors and wheels.

Interior

  • Six (2+2+2) or seven (2+3+2) passenger seating.
  • Full length glass roof allows for a well-lit and airy cabin.
  • Available Sony 12 speaker sound system with subwoofer.
  • Second-Row 60/40 bench seat with Autofold feature.

Body Styles

The Ford Flex is a full-size crossover that comes in only one body style no matter which trim level is selected. Total number of doors is five including the hatch. However, unique styling cues are applied to the Flex Limited model to distinguish it from the rest of the Flex lineup.

Model Line

  • Flex SE
  • Flex SEL
  • Flex Limited

Powertrain

The 2020 Ford Flex can be powered by two different powertrains.

Engines and Transmissions

EngineAspirationHorsepower @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPMTransmission
3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6Atmospheric287 @ 6,500 rpm254 @ 4,000 rpmSix-speed automatic
3.5L EcoBoost V6Twin-turbo365 @ 5,500 rpm350 @ 3,500 rpmSix-speed automatic

Models

The Ford Flex lineup remains unchanged for the 2020 model year. The model lineup is as follows:

Drive WheelsTrim LevelEngine
FWDSE3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6
FWDSEL3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6
AWDSEL3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6
FWDLimited3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6
AWDLimited3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6
AWDLimited3.5L EcoBoost V6

Platform

All variations of the Ford Flex ride on the Ford D4 platform shared with the following vehicles:

Production

The Ford Flex is assembled at the Ford of Canada Oakville Assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario alongside the Ford Edge, the Lincoln MKT and the Lincoln Nautilus.

Availability

All variants of the Ford Flex are available for order.

Beyond 2020

The year 2020 marks the last year of production for the Ford Flex. In reality, production for this vehicle ended at the third quarter of 2019. Remaining inventory will be sold all the way to the end of the second quarter of 2020. As we write this, Ford has not announced a replacement for this vehicle.

Discussion

Discuss the Ford Flex in our Ford forum.

News

Follow our coverage of Ford Flex news.

Specifications

Overview

ModelFord Flex
Body styleFull-size, three-row CUV
DrivelineTransverse, front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive
ConstructionUnitized welded steel body
Manufacturing locationOakville, Ontario, Canada
Key competitorsChevrolet Traverse, Dodge Journey, GMC Acadia

Engines and Transmissions

EngineAspirationHorsepower @ RPMTorque (lb-ft) @ RPMTransmission
3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6Atmospheric287 @ 6,500 rpm254 @ 4,000 rpmSix-speed automatic
3.5L EcoBoost V6Twin-turbo365 @ 5,500 rpm350 @ 3,500 rpmSix-speed automatic

Gear Ratios

Gear3.5L TI-VCT Cyclone V63.5L EcoBoost V6
First4.48:14.48:1
Second2.87:12.87:1
Third1.84:11.84:1
Fourth1.41:11.41:1
Fifth1.00:11.00:1
Sixth0.74:10.74:1
Reverse2.88:12.88:1
Final drive3.16:1 (FWD) / 3.65:1 (AWD)3.16:1

Suspension

PositionType
FrontGas-pressurized MacPherson strut, rear-facing L-shaped lower control arm
RearMultilink, fully independent with upper and lower control arms

Wheels and Tires

Trim LevelStandard Wheel Size & TypeStandard Tire Size & TypeOptional Wheel Size & TypeOptional Tire Size & Type
SE17-inch painted aluminum235/60R17 BSW18-inch aluminum235/60R18 BSW
SEL18-inch aluminum235/60R18 BSW20-inch bright painted aliminum / 20-inch painted black with machined aluminum face255/45R20 BSW / 225/45R20 AS
Limited19-inch painted aluminum235/55R19 BSW20-inch bright painted aliminum / 20-inch painted black with machined aluminum face255/45R20 BSW / 225/45R20 AS

Brakes

LocationTypeRotor Size and Type
FrontTwo piston brakesVented discs
RearSolid brakesDiscs

Dimensions

Exterior DimensionsValue (in inches)
Wheelbase117.9
Length201.8
Height69.3
Width (including mirrors)88.8
Front track65.4
Rear track65.4

Interior DimensionsValue (in inches)
Front head room41.8
Rear head room (second row)40.5
Rear head room (third row)33.3
Front leg room40.8
Rear leg room (second row)44.3
Rear leg room (third row)33.3
Seating capacity6 to 7

Capacities

CapacityValue
Base curb weight (3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6 - FWD)4,439 lb
Base curb weight (3.5 Ti-VCT Cyclone V6 - AWD4,637 lb
Base curb weight (3.5L EcoBoost V6 - AWD)4,828 lb
Cargo volume (behind third row)20 cu-ft
Cargo volume (behind second row)43.2 cu-ft
Cargo volume (behind second row)83.2 cu-ft
Towing capacity4,500 lb

Pricing

Trim LevelEngineDrive WheelsStarting MSRP
SE3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6FWD$28,315
SEL3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6FWD$31,030
SEL3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6AWD$32,480
Limited3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6FWD$36,030
Limited3.5L Ti-VCT Cyclone V6AWD$37,480
Limited3.5L EcoBoost V6AWD$43,730

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