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The Ford Flex looks like a stylish box. The hood and roof are long and flat, the windshield stands relatively straight, the side and rear glass is flat, and the corners are sharp, although the front end has been rounded a bit for 2013. The shape is honest, simple, and even elegant, for a box. It suggests interior room and maximum space utilization. It has presence and upscale cues that some might call bling. It's not shy. The grille and tailgate have been redone for 2013, with a chrome or satin aluminum band, but frankly we can't say that's an improvement over the old three bars and signature blue oval.  There are substantial improvements for 2013. Most notable is a revised V6 that comes standard on the base 2013 Flex SE and 2013 Flex SEL: For 2013, the 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 25 more horsepower, to 287 hp (with 254 foot-pounds of torque at 4000 rpm). This boost to the base 3.5-liter V6 is the result of new Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing, or Ti-VCT as Ford calls it. Ford continues to lead the way among American manufacturers in engine technology.

2013 Flex Power & Handling

On the freeway and around town, the Flex ride to be smooth and composed. It's comfortable and doesn't feel firm. The cabin is silent and steady. It's a pleasure to drive the Ford Flex.  The EcoBoost V6 in the Flex Limited is very smooth, and emits a light growl out the twin chrome exhaust pipes.  For 2013 there's a new brake system with a larger master cylinder, revised booster tuning for improved brake feel, and upgraded friction material for additional resistance to fade. 

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2013 Flex Edge Design

The Ford Flex is a stylish box. Some will find the shape honest, simple, and even elegant, for a box. It suggests interior room and maximum space utilization. It has presence and upscale cues that some might call bling. It's not shy.  The hood and roof are long and flat, the windshield stands relatively straight up, the side and rear glass is flat, and the corners are sharp angles, although the front end has been rounded a bit for 2013. The doors are striped with four horizontal grooves, like speed lines on a drawing or cartoon, apparently an attempt to make the Flex look less boxy.  Speaking of bling, there's a new grille and tail trim for 2013. Ford has apparently abandoned what it was calling its signature for the last few years, a three-bar grille. Now it's just a silver band, chrome on the SE and satin aluminum on the Limited. Another band across the liftgate.

'13 Flex Edge Lineup

The 2013 Ford Flex comes in three models: Flex SE, Flex SEL, Flex Limited.

The front-wheel-drive Flex SE comes with Ford's new 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine making 287 horsepower, and a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual gear selection. Seating is three rows, of two-three-two seats in cloth upholstery, with 6-way power driver's seat. Standard equipment includes power everything, halogen headlamps, body-colored door handles and black mirrors, rear tinted glass, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, cabin air filter, 10 cupholders and bottle holders, 60/40 flat-folding second row seats, 50/50 flat-folding third row seats, leather shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls and tilt/telescope adjustment, 6-speaker sound system with single CD and MP3 capability, 4.2-inch color LCD information screen, and SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system.

Flex SEL is available with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. SEL trim adds foglamps, stainless steel exterior trim, power heated mirrors, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, dual zone climate control, 10-way power driver seat and 6-way power passenger seat, MyFordTouch electronic controls with 8-inch LCD touch-screen, media hub with USB ports, input jacks, and satellite radio.

Flex Limited FWD and Limited AWD get the 3.6-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 making 365 horsepower, and the 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Limited also adds chrome door handles, satin aluminum grille and liftgate trim, HID headlamps, LED taillamps, 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, 110V power outlet, adjustable pedals with memory, ambient lighting, woodgrain instrument and door trim, perforated leather-trimmed seats, BLIS blind spot monitoring system, HD radio, push-button start, power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, rearview camera, remote start, Sony 12-speaker audio system, and voice-activated navigation system. A rear console refrigerator is optional.

Options for Flex include a Class III Trailer Towing Prep Package with receiver hitch, wiring harness with 4/7 pin connector, engine oil cooler, tire mobility kit; second-row 40/40 reclining seats; second-row floor console; deep-tint Vista roof; roof rack side rails; Microsoft SYNC system; DVD rear-seat entertainment center; 6CD with satellite radio; remote start system; Active Park Assist; power-folding third-row seats; special paint; 20-inch wheels.

Conclusions

The Ford Flex is the only game in town, if you want a smooth, fast, comfortable, safe, and roomy full-size utility vehicle that seats seven and isn't a crossover or SUV. It's got the latest technology and available options, and is available with all-wheel drive to take you anywhere. Like they used to say, Ford has a better idea.  Click here to learn more about the 2013 Ford Flex.