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2013 Ford Flex Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Ford Flex was new.


Interior: 8.2

Reviewers say the 2013 Ford Flex’s cabin is one of its best assets. They write that its seats are comfortable, and that all three rows are roomy enough for adults. Models without MyFord Touch have easy-to-use switchgear, according to reviewers, and the base trim is well-equipped for its class. Plus, it has more cargo space behind the third row than many of its competitors, and many writers note that its cabin materials are particularly high-quality. Reviewers’ main complaints about the Ford Flex have to do with MyFord Touch. Though it was updated for 2013, they say the system remains difficult to use, confusing and frustrating.

  • "While styling is subjective, Flex's spacious cabin and cargo area meet high objective standards.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "Interior noise levels are remarkably low, allowing front-seat conversation to be easily heard from the third row.” -- Motor Trend
  • "Outside of the MyFord Touch-ified steering wheel and center stack, the Flex interior has been otherwise left alone. That's okay with us, if only because this three-row crossover already offers provisions that are at or near best in-class.” -- Autoblog
  • "Overall, the Flex's interior is great, with abundant soft-touch materials and an attractive, upscale design.” -- Edmunds


The 2013 Ford Flex comes standard with seating for seven, though opting for the available second-row captain’s chairs in higher trims brings the seating capacity down to six. The base SE gets a standard six-way power-adjustable driver seat, though you can opt for leather upholstery and an upgraded, heated and cooled, 10-way adjustable driver seat, as well as a power-folding third row on upper trims. Reviewers say the Flex’s comfortable, roomy seats are one of its defining features, the second row is spacious and that the third row can actually fit adults. They also mention that the third row is easier to access than in most other three-row SUVs.

  • "Flex is generally adult friendly in back with bench or bucket seats. Larger riders in the 2nd row will have limited knee clearance behind a front passenger of similar size. Headroom is ample, though center passengers on the standard bench seat will have to contend with an awkward floor hump. The 3rd row is no penalty box for adults under 5-foot-10-inches.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "As such, the 2013 Ford Flex is the rare crossover that allows 6-footers to comfortably fit in (and reach) all three rows.” -- Edmunds
  • "Second row occupants may have it best of all, with an absolutely ridiculous 44.3 inches of legroom. That's over seven inches more than the GMC Acadia, and more than five inches better than an Acura MDX.” -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The base 2013 Ford Flex SE comes well-equipped, with standard features like reverse parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, Ford Sync voice controls and a six-speaker stereo with audio input jack. The range-topping Limited trim gets MyFord Touch with navigation standard, and offers features like a system that allows the Flex to parallel park itself, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a refrigerated second-row console as options.

Reviewers say that the Flex’s interior is well-made, with high-quality materials and more standard features than most. Those without MyFord Touch have easy-to-use switchgear that testers appreciate. However, despite some updates for 2013, many still don’t like the MyFord Touch controls. They say they still take some time to learn, and that they don’t always work properly.

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  • “Given that we've driven many MyFord Touch-equipped vehicles over the past couple of years, the technology is definitely getting easier to live with, but the system is still fiddly and at times slow.” -- Autoblog
  • "Big gauges are clearly marked and easy to read. Most controls are handy, large, and easy to find. … Based on our preview test-drive evaluation, MyFord Touch seems to be improved, but we need to spend more time with it before making a final judgement. Even so, the vast array of functions controlled via My Ford Touch will require acclimation and some study to completely master.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "MyFord Touch interface can be frustrating to use.” -- Edmunds


The 2013 Ford Flex offers a maximum of 83.2 cubic feet of cargo space, with 43.2 cubic feet behind the second row with the third row folded and 20 cubic feet with all seats in use. Many other three-row SUVs offer less space behind the third row, but if you need more maximum space, consider the GMC Acadia or the Chevrolet Traverse. They have the most cargo capacity in the class, at about 116 cubic feet. Reviewers love the Flex’s storage options, including an optional refrigerated center console for the second row.

  • "The cargo area is vast. The load floor is completely flat when the seat backs are folded. Kudos to Ford for offering a power-folding 3rd-row, but we wish it were available across the entire Flex lineup, rather than only on the top-line Limited.” -- Consumer Guide

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