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2016 Ford Flex Walk Around


The Flex exudes an effortlessly cool aura, despite being unabashedly boxy. Defiantly forging its own style, square yet sleek, Flex handily evades the stigma faced by minivans. Curiously, the only Ford identification is a blue-oval badge at the corner of the rear hatch.

Instead of playing down its body’s corners, Flex amplifies them. Designers even carved grooves into the bodysides to highlight the long, glassy greenhouse. Right down to the rectangular grille, which reminds some observers of a USB port, Flex’s fusion of retro with modernity works just right in today’s crossover SUV marketplace.

Interior

Simply put, the Flex cabin is one of Ford’s finest, blending touch controls with LCD screens in a layout that suggests serenity. Some subtle changes have occurred, making materials feel luxury-grade, especially the soft-touch panels.

SEL and Limited trims get the latest Ford infotainment system, which replaces the troubled MyFord Touch. New Sync 3 responds quicker and its screens look less cluttered. Flex has restored some console controls, but almost every action relies on touch.

In the first and second rows, wide, well-cushioned chairs promise a satisfying melding of supple, soft-touch cushioning and long-journey support. Headrests have improved mightily, thanks to a four-position design.

Second row occupants can savor abundant head/leg room. Back seats are fairly easy to reach, thanks to the horizontal roofline, but thinly padded when you get there. Still, riders well over six feet tall can manage the third row.

Fit and finish are better than ever, and the interior is quiet. With 83 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats, Flex has 20 fewer cubic feet than a Chevrolet Traverse. However, second- and third-row seats can be power-folded out of the way.

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