The 2010 Ford Flex is offered with Ford’s new EcoBoost V-6 engine. The engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 355 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque. This engine generates more power than many V-8s in the SUV class. It has 93 horsepower and 102 pound feet of torque more than the Flex’s standard V-6 engine.
The Flex is difficult to categorize. It looks like a combination between a wagon and a full-size SUV. In EcoBoost form, it is quite stylish with its standard 20″ rims, 10-spoke wheels, and dual tipped exhaust. The model also has an EcoBoost badge by the rear tailgate.
Performance is significantly improved from the standard Flex. The EcoBoost’s 0-60 time is nearly two seconds quicker reaching that speed in less than seven seconds. The EcoBoost model comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and manual shift mode option that averages 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway. It also offers overdrive lockout mode with hill decent control. The vehicle is rated to tow 4,500 pounds.
Flex EcoBoosts have very nice interiors. Leather upholstery come standard along with power oriented pedals and lift gate, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, heated mirrors, and small refrigerator in the middle row console. Flex’s come standard with three rows of seating for seven passengers. Ford also offers a Flex Limited with EcoBoost, with upgraded leather, LED tail lamps, xenon headlamps, and voice activated Sync and navigation. The Limited versions cost about $4,000 more than the standard EcoBoost.
The Flex EcoBoost is a stylish, powerful, and spacious family hauler. It has a high quality interior with many useful features. One drawback to the Flex EcoBoost V-6 is its price. The suggested retail price is near $40,000. However, the Flex EcoBoost is worth considering in the crossover class. It is lighter and more efficient than competitors such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia.