If one of you in the family likes to hit off ramps in silly ways, that person will also be satisfied by the unjustifiably nimble Flex – it turns in well, holds its line well and has little understeer. The wheel is weighted appropriately and has a firm centre even in the face of strong side winds. All this is even more surprising given that the Ford Flex is a fatty-fat-fat. A fatty boombalada, if you will, at a cake-loving 2,226 kg. It’s nice and low, which is why it does such a good job of hiding its weight. The Flex would make a good front-rower in Rugby.
My only major complaint – the price. As tested this one came in at $57,314. In fact, that was almost everyone’s major gripe. To put it into perspective, the Toyota Sienna SE I had in January was worth just $38,995 with power sliding doors – but not the power folding third row. The fully loaded Toyota Sienna XLE senior editor Jonathan Yarkony drove the year before came in at $50,670. Both Siennas had better fit and finish in the interior with more luscious materials and just a better finish overall. The Flex has some cheap, easy-scratch plastic in key locations – like where the folding seats grind against the side of the interior. It also feels tinnier and looser than the Sienna in terms of doors and interior drawers/bin covers.
Ford is counting on a lot of love for ease-of-use, sporty power and handling and funky styling to bring people over from the fit and finish and convenience of things like a Sienna. Of course, that means one would have to drive a Flex, to be converted.
2015 Ford Flex AWD Limited. Click image to enlarge
Pricing: 2014 Ford Flex AWD Limited
Base Price (AWD Limited): $44,399
Options: White Platinum tricoat paint – $400, Equipment Group 303A (3.6L Ecoboost V6, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, power fold third-row seat) – $6,800, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels and black roof – $950, panoramic sunroof – $1,750, voice-activated navigation – $800, Tow package – $500.
A/C Tax: $100
Freight and PDI: $1,615
Price as Tested: $57,314.
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