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Rankings & Research

The 2014 Ford Flex ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Ford Flex has a score of 8.1 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 85 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2014 Ford Flex Review

The Ford Flex’s roomy interior, smooth ride, strong engine performance, and high safety ratings push it to the top quarter of the midsize SUV class. In fact, its average reliability score is the only thing keeping it from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Adult-friendly third row
  • Potent EcoBoost V6 option
  • Confusing infotainment system

2014 Ford Flex Overview

Is the 2014 Ford Flex a Good Used SUV?

The Ford Flex is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used midsize SUV. Befitting its name, the Flex is just as capable at fitting seven passengers as it is packing away an entire dorm room. It’s quiet inside and pleasant to drive, and it offers convenience features like a refrigerator and reverse-folding seats designed for game day tailgating. It’s far from the only pick in its crowded class, however. Popular rivals like the Honda Pilot rate higher in reliability, while the GMC Acadia offers superior cargo space. Both of these rivals seat eight.

Used 2014 Ford Flex Performance and Interior

The 2014 Flex has two engine choices. A 287-horsepower V6 comes standard in all models, along with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. A twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 (365 horsepower) is optional in Limited models only, and it’s paired with all-wheel drive. The standard V6 is more than capable of hustling the Flex up to speed quickly, and it earns decent fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway (17/23 mpg city/highway with AWD). The EcoBoost V6 feels far more muscular, though – and you’ll only sacrifice 1 mpg in the city at the pump.

The Flex has a smooth and comfortable ride. Its suspension sops up uneven road surfaces without fuss, yet it also keeps the boxy SUV composed around tight corners. The brakes provide robust stopping power as well, and the responsive steering helps the Flex feel quite maneuverable for its size. The Flex has a towing capacity of 4,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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The 2014 Ford Flex is a 3-row SUV with seven seats. Second-row captain’s chairs are available, but they lower seating capacity to six. The Flex offers generous head- and legroom in its first and second rows. Unlike many of its midsize SUV competitors, even its third row can fit adults comfortably. Accessing these back seats is easy thanks to middle seats that fold forward with the pull of a lever. There are three full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. Both rows of rear seats fold flat to produce an airy 83.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The Flex’s driving position offers great outward visibility. Its cabin features crisp styling and remains hushed at highway speeds as well. That said, a number of the interior plastics look and feel rather cheap.

The Flex is available with two different infotainment systems. Base models are equipped with a 4.2-inch screen that displays the radio, CD player, Bluetooth, and SYNC voice recognition functions. Flex SEL and Limited SUVs feature an 8-inch touch screen (MyFord Touch). Both systems miss their mark. The standard screen and its buttons are small and fairly awkward to use. The larger touch screen is often slow to react to inputs as well. Despite these setbacks, the SYNC system works well and allows drivers to place calls, play music, or set navigation destinations using voice commands.

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Used 2014 Ford Flex Prices

Used 2014 Flex models range from about $17,500 for an SE model to around $26,300 for a Limited EcoBoost model. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 84 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve researched 84 reviews of the Ford Flex, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and costs of ownership, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Ford Flex?

The Ford Flex has an average reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the Flex?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Flex the highest safety rating of Good in four out of five tests. The Flex received an Acceptable rating – the second-highest offered – in small overlap front crash testing. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Flex four out of five stars in rollover testing.

Ford equips all Flex SUVs with rear parking sensors as standard. Flex SEL and Limited models are available with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Only Limited models are optional with parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Flex?

The 2014 Ford Flex marks the sixth model year of the vehicle’s first generation. The Flex received major updates for 2013, including a redesigned grille and dashboard, a boost in horsepower for both V6 engines, and additional safety features (adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring). You can find used 2012 models at lower prices, but these updates make the 2013 and 2014 Flex models a better buy.

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Which Used Ford Flex Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Flex comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. The base Flex SE has cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote keyless entry, single-zone climate control, cruise control, a CD player, AM/FM radio, a 4.2-inch display screen, SYNC voice recognition, and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Flex SEL adds an 8-inch touch screen, a USB input, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats. The Flex Limited adds leather seats, a navigation system, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, a power liftgate, remote start, proximity keyless entry, and rain-sensing wipers. Rear-seat DVD screens are optional in all trim levels. Only Limited models offer optional heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats (with a reverse-fold function), and a refrigerated rear center console.

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned Flex as well. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

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2014 Ford Flex and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Flex or 2014 Ford Explorer?

The Ford Explorer and Flex are built on the same vehicle platform. Both seven-seat SUVs offer similar cargo space and share a number of tech and safety features. Unfortunately, both have the same finicky MyFord Touch infotainment system. In the end, the Flex is the better buy; its rear seats are much roomier and used models typically cost less.

Which Is Better: 2014 Ford Flex or 2014 Dodge Durango?

The Dodge Durango offers a truly luxe interior, an easier-to-use infotainment system, and superior towing ability (up to 7,400 pounds). However, unless you plan to use all that towing muscle, the Flex is still the better option. It rates higher in reliability, offers more rear-seat space, and costs much less.

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