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2009 Ford Flex Review

In its first year on the market, the three-row 2009 Ford Flex earned tons of praise for its well-designed interior, roomy cabin and smooth ride. However, not everyone will like its stand-out styling, and some testers noted that the Flex might feel a bit underpowered. 

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, functional, upscale interior
  • Adult-sized third row
  • Smooth ride
  • Great safety ratings
  • Underpowered engine




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.4
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2009 Ford Flex Overview

When it debuted in 2009, reviewers said the Ford Flex did a great job of combining as many family-friendly aspects as possible into an attractive crossover package. They loved its upscale interior, adult-sized third row and smooth ride quality. Plus, the Flex gets pretty good fuel economy for a three-row crossover, especially if you’re considering a front-wheel drive model.

Reviewers did note a few areas for improvement, however. Some said they didn’t appreciate the Flex’s boxy looks, while others mentioned that it felt underpowered and didn’t handle particularly well. The Flex has excellent crash test ratings.

The 2009 Ford Flex only comes with one engine: a 3.5-liter V6 that’s available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Shoppers should keep in mind that opting for all-wheel drive will result in slightly lower fuel economy ratings. Base models are fairly well-equipped for the class, with features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls and convenient features like grocery bag hooks in the cargo area. Higher trims featured options like a refrigerated center console in the second row, Ford’s Sync voice-controlled infotainment system, a power liftgate, reverse parking sensors and power-adjustable pedals.

See the 2009 Ford Flex specs »

Other Cars to Consider

If you like the Flex but want something a bit sportier, consider the 2009 Mazda CX-9. Test drivers agreed that while it’s attractive and sleek, the CX-9 won’t stand out in a crowd like the Flex. Nearly every reviewer said the CX-9 is particularly fun to drive for an SUV, and many noted its upscale, well-designed interior. There are a few tradeoffs, however, as the CX-9’s safety scores aren’t as strong and its third row isn’t nearly as roomy.

Another SUV you may want to check out is the 2009 Honda Pilot. The Pilot gets great safety scores, and test drivers said it has a smooth ride. Its interior is fairly roomy, and it gets comparable fuel economy to the Ford Flex. Reviewers also noted that it has a functional, versatile cabin with lots of family-friendly features.

Compare the Flex to the CX-9 and Pilot »

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