The 2012 Ford Flex ranks 6 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 55 published reviews and test drives of the Ford Flex, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The Ford Flex is a great alternative for those who need minivan utility but don’t want minivan styling. Reviewers say it has above-average driving dynamics, interior space and interior tech for an affordable midsize SUV.
Reviewers rave about the 2012 Ford Flex’s high-tech interior, adult-sized third row and optional EcoBoost engine. Most also give its boxy exterior styling a big thumbs up, though they recognize that it won’t appeal to everyone. “The 2012 Ford Flex has the space, the versatility, the features and the driving dynamics to make it a top choice among large family crossovers,” writes Edmunds. “However, the very thing that makes it extra appealing to some (styling) may drive others away.”
The 2012 Ford Flex comes with an impressive list of standard features and a high-quality interior. But reviewers say that in order to get the best stuff Ford has to offer, you’ll have to check off a lot of option boxes. Some of their favorite items are only available as extra-cost add-ons, even on the highest trim level. For instance, reviewers love the Flex’s Vista Roof four-panel moon roof, turbocharged EcoBoost engine, Active Park Assist and refrigerated second-row console, but opting for all these features will add more than $9,000 onto the price of the already-expensive Titanium trim.
Still, if you pick and choose your options and packages carefully, reviewers say you’re in for a treat. The base six-cylinder engine is no slouch, but the EcoBoost V6 adds paddle shifters and a sporty driving experience to the Flex. Plus, nearly all reviewers say the Flex’s boxy, retro styling will make any parent seem hip. If you need an adult-size third row of seats, but can’t bring yourself to buy a minivan, reviewers say the 2012 Ford Flex is an excellent choice.