2012 Ford Flex Specs – The charming 2012 Ford Flex when it comes to space, comfort, and ride. It’s one of the best big crossovers on the market. You may also see the 2012 Ford Explorer for your information. The 2012 Ford Flex has almost a cult following, thanks to its low-riding, box-on-box styling. If you still haven’t warmed to its collection of rectangles and straight lines, it’s okay–Ford still has the five-seat Edge and seven-passenger Explorer crossovers to sell you.
Ford lets buyers choose from a palette of roof colors, mirrors finishes, even houndstooth-plaid upholstery, which gives the Flex a lot of latitude with its looks. Even on base versions, the interior’s one of the company’s best, not quite as radical as the sheetmetal but with lovely materials and tight build quality.
Powertrains earn passing and curve-setting grades. The basic 3.5-liter, 262-horsepower V-6 works well enough. It’s not awesome in any respect, but it’s good for acceleration to 60 mph in less than nine seconds, an easy merger even when it’s laden with four adults. Paired with a six-speed automatic with well-paced shifts, the Flex can be ordered with all-wheel drive, which adds weight for those who have authentic four-seasons weather.
Given the budget, we’d choose the turbocharged, 355-hp EcoBoost Flex, which runs off 0-60 mph times of under seven seconds and lightens up the Flex’s footwork, making it faster than anything in the class.
The 2012 Ford Flex is among the safest vehicles you can buy. Its comprehensive safety package includes six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control with anti-rollover technology. A rearview camera and parking sensors are available, as are a blind-spot warning system and adaptive cruise control.
The 2012 Ford Flex is every bit as luxurious as a Lincoln MKT. Even the basic Flex has an ample standard-features list. On it are third-row seating; an AM/FM/CD player; power windows, locks, and mirrors; a capless fuel-filler system, which means no more misplaced gas caps; and Ford’s MyKey system. The upmarket versions add the turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and other niceties like a leather interior; a panoramic sunroof; and Ford’s SYNC entertainment/phone controller.
Among the more engaging options are Sirius TravelLink, with real-time traffic, weather, sports, and movie listings; pricey Sony sound systems; a DVD entertainment system; 20-inch wheels; a second-row refrigerator; a hidden keyless entry pad that responds to a swipe of a finger like the Apple iPhone; a power tailgate; xenon headlamps; and HD radio. It may sticker at an oxygen-free $55,000, but the Flex Platinum is missing only exotica like night vision and in-car satellite TV in its quest to out-feature every family car on the road.
The front buckets are supportive but soft, with lots of give, and unfortunately, active headrests that stick out too far for ideal comfort. The second-row seats are the Flex’s killer app, just as cozy, with limousine-like room in every direction, and a choice of buckets or a bench, even optional footrests for those days when you can’t spoil your kids too much.
The long wheelbase pays off most here, but even the third-row seat has leg room for smaller adults, though head room is scant for six-footers. The Flex is narrower than the Pilot or Traverse, both of which claim a third seat across their third-row benches.
The 2012 Ford Flex Specifications
- Gas Mileage 17 mpg City/24 mpg Hwy
- Engine Gas V6, 3.5L
- EPA Class 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
- Style Name 4dr SE FWD
- Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
- Passenger Capacity 7
- Passenger Doors 4
- Body Style 4dr Car
- Transmission 6-speed automatic transmission
- Price $29,465
The Safety Features
- Air Bag-Frontal-Driver Yes
- Air Bag-Frontal-Passenger Yes
- Air Bag-Passenger-Rear (both) No
- Air Bag-Passenger Switch (On/Off) No
- Air Bag-Side Body-Front Yes
- Air Bag-Side Body-Rear No
- Air Bag-Side Head-Front No
- Air Bag-Side Head-Rear Yes
- Brakes-ABS Yes
- Brakes-ABS-Rear No
- Child Safety Rear Door Locks Yes
- Daytime Running Lights No
- Traction Control Yes
- Night Vision No
- Rollover Protection Bars No
- Fog Lamps Yes
- Parking Aid Yes
- Tire Pressure Monitor Yes
- Back-Up Camera No
- Stability Control Yes
- Other Features 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
- 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
- Advance Trac w/roll stability control
- Dual front airbags w/Personal Safety System
- Passenger sensing system
- Side-impact airbags
- 2nd/3rd row safety canopy w/rollover sensor
- Reverse sensing system
- Rear child safety locks
- Rear seat lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Tire pressure monitoring system
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