Your Ford Flex Questions Answered
You asked, we listened. Now, here’s our feedback on the Ford Flex.
We’re currently in the middle of a review of the 2015 Ford Flex, and we asked you if you had any questions about it. As is typical for our loans, we like to see what the readers are the most interested in with the vehicles we get. The Flex is a unique vehicle, and can be quite polarizing, even with our readers. Here’s a few of your questions and concerns answered.
The first concern is where this vehicle was manufactured. Ford has been making news lately with their recent moving of the F-650 and F-750 production to the United States, but also with a proposed multi-billion dollar investment in a manufacturing facility in Mexico.
The Ford Flex is built alongside the Ford Edge at the Oakville Assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
We also saw a few questions about why isn’t the Ford Flex the Ford Bronco. Well, because it isn’t. Believe me, everyone, as soon as we hear about a real-life Bronco going back into production, you’ll be the first to know. I promise.
One of you is interested in knowing what’s different in the 2015 model compared to the 2013 model that they have. Well, nothing. While there might be a few changes in available color, everything else is the same. The engines and powertrains are all the same, as well as most of the optional equipment. If you had a ’13 and were thinking you wanted to get a new one for more features, I’d hold on to what you have (unless, of course, you want a new one).
Additionally, some of you want to know about the head and leg room. I’m not a particularly tall guy at 5’10”, but I’ve been in some cars that feel small. The Edge is not one of them. Thanks to a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, combined with a multi-way adjustable seat, it’s easy to find a good driving position.
Second row seating is also extremely ample. Adults would have no problems riding in this car on a long journey, and the rear-zone climate control is a nice touch. Our review unit is equipped with the moonroof, which includes glass for the middle and third-row occupants to look out of (and vent).
As for the third row, it’s nothing to write home about. Unless you’re a child-sized adult, you won’t really want to spend a whole lot of time back there. The power folding rear seats though are extremely versatile.
So far our week with the Flex is going well. Fuel economy depends on how easily you can keep your foot off of the throttle. Just cruising along getting in the mid-20s is easy. But once you tap into that 3.5L EcoBoost, it drops quickly.
The Flex is deceptively fast with that big EcoBoost engine. It’s not a sports car by any means, but it’s not a slouch.