2013 Ford Flex Augusta GA
For 2013, Ford revamped its already retro-looking Flex. And while this vehicle hasn’t exactly gone full-tilt Mad Max, it’s still a very delicious choice for those wanting something a bit more out of the box than what those other guys have to offer. First things first: The 2013 Flex makes its point with a new minimalistic front grille, flanked with chrome and slender headlights—and no (prominent) sign of the blue oval from yesteryear. Inside, the Flex was updated with a new version of the MyFord Touch; the iconic U.S. carmaker also added a slew of safety and convenience options. Finally, this new-and-improved crossover gets a boost in power from its standard V6.
Really, though, what’s a great-looking ride with no muscle? Ford’s engineers thoughts exactly. Which may explain why the team decided to couple this year’s 3.5-liter V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). Delivering even more efficiency and performance, this upgraded engine kicks down 287 horsepower (an increase of about 25 horses from the predecessor) and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional on SEL and Limited trims. Optional on the Flex Limited is a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which keeps things fuel efficient while delivering V8-like power. Paired exclusively with all-wheel-drive capability, the EcoBoost produces a spectacular 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with manual shift control, as well as electric power-assisted steering (EPAS). Ford says EPAS improves fuel economy by about 4 percent, and reduces emissions while improving steering performance. EPA estimates for the standard engine is 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, and the EcoBoost gets 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
In safety news, Ford offers rear inflatable belts, improving both the comfort and protection of rear-seat passengers. This advanced restraint system is a first for the automotive world and is designed to help reduce head, neck and chest injuries for those riding in the back. In the event of a crash, these inflatable seat belts are designed to deploy over the passenger’s torso and shoulder in 40 milliseconds. The Flex also lists other safety features, such as collision warning with brake intervention, a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, and Torque Vectoring and Curve Control technology. Torque Vectoring Control utilizes the vehicle’s brakes to imitate the effect of a limited-slip differential, which balances the distribution of engine torque between the front wheels during cornering; Curve Control senses when a vehicle is entering a curve too quickly, and applies four-wheel smart braking to reduce vehicle speed by 10 mph within one second.
Inside, Ford Flex owners can gaze upon new clusters, electronic finish panels and new seat trim and foam, while convenience features appear in the form of rain-sensing wipers, a power tilt and telescoping steering column and power-fold mirrors. Plus, the Flex is the first vehicle in the Ford lineup to offer the new generation of MyFord Touch with the SYNC system as standard. This seven-seater’s contrasting roof is still available as a standalone option in white or silver. Available on Limited and SEL trims, a new Appearance Package offers a black roof, 20-inch machined wheels and a slew of interior upgrades. Finally, Ford added three new colors for 2013: a Ruby Red tinted clearcoat, Deep Impact Blue and Kodiak Brown. There are also six new wheel styles, including three new 20-inch options.
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