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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Ford Flex Review

The 2015 Ford Flex rests in the middle of our midsize SUV rankings. It has a roomy cabin, nimble handling for its size, and good safety scores, but its infotainment system is difficult to use.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Spacious cabin
  • Nimble handling
  • Powerful V6 available in some models

 

 

 

  • Rivals offer more cargo room

 



2015 Ford Flex Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Flex a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Ford Flex is a good used SUV with a distinctive style, but don’t hold its looks against it. It can comfortably carry up to seven adults and store most of their luggage. It also has an available V6 engine that provides lots of power, and its handling is nimble for a midsize SUV.

Used 2015 Ford Flex Performance and Interior

The 2015 Ford Flex is one of the better performers in the midsize SUV class thanks to its comfortable ride, relatively agile handling, and smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The Flex comes standard with a 287-horsepower V6 engine. A 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is available in all-wheel-drive models. The standard V6 has sufficient power for most driving situations, but the twin-turbo V6 provides quicker acceleration and a boost in power.

The base Flex has an EPA rating of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is great for the class. The all-wheel-drive Flex returns 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy dips by 1 mpg city/highway with the AWD EcoBoost V6.

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There is seating for seven in the Flex. The standard driver’s seat is power adjustable. Leather seating, as well as heated and cooled front seats, are found in some models. Heated bucket seats are available in the second row. Space is good in all three rows, and thanks to the Flex’s design, headroom is plentiful, even for adults in the third row. The Flex has a quiet cabin at highway speeds. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row rear outboard seats and the passenger side in the third row.

The Flex comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system. The available MyFord Touch infotainment systems adds an 8-inch touch screen, two configurable 4.2-inch color displays in the instrument panel, and a media hub with two USB ports. The confusing MyFord Touch has small buttons that are difficult to operate while driving. The system is also susceptible to glitches.

Cargo space is poor. The Flex has 83.2 cubic feet with all rows folded, which lags far behind the 116.3 cubic feet found in the Chevy Traverse. The Flex’s front-passenger seat can be folded flat for additional cargo flexibility.

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Used 2015 Ford Flex Prices

The price of a used 2015 Ford Flex ranges from about $19,700 for the front-wheel-drive SE trim to around $28,100 for the Limited trim with EcoBoost and all-wheel drive. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 87 Reviews Analyzed

We don't base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 87 Ford Flex reviews for this overview to help you make a smart buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Flex?

The 2015 Ford Flex has a predicted reliability score of three out of five, which is average for the industry and typical for the midsize SUV segment.

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How Safe Is the Flex?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 Flex a Top Safety Pick. It earned Good ratings (the highest possible), in all but the small front overlap crash test, where it received an Acceptable rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Ford Flex four out of five stars for the rollover crash test. Other tests were not conducted.

The Flex comes standard with rear parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning with brake support, parallel parking assist, and blind spot warning with cross traffic alert are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Flex?

The 2015 Ford Flex is part of the SUV’s first generation, which debuted for the 2009 model year and includes the 2018 Flex. The 2013 Flex received a significant refresh that included updated interior and exterior styling, a more powerful base engine, and new available safety features such as adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. There were only minor changes to the 2014 and 2015 model years so you'll save money by purchasing a similarly equipped 2013 Flex. The 2016 Flex adds a standard rearview camera, and the much-improved SYNC 3 infotainment system replaces MyFord Touch. Those are worthwhile upgrades if you can afford it.

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Which Used Ford Flex Is Right for Me?

The Ford Flex has three trims: SE, SEL, and Limited. The base SE offers seating for seven on cloth upholstery, a six-speaker stereo, a voice-activated SYNC infotainment system, and backup sensors. The SEL trim adds dual-zone climate control and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. The SEL is the lowest trim level to offer all-wheel drive. The Limited trim puts leather upholstery in the first and second row and adds vinyl in the third row. You’ll also find a 12-speaker Sony audio system and a power liftgate. The SEL trim is a good choice for its comfort features.

Even with average predicted reliability, you might consider a certified pre-owned Flex. 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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2015 Ford Flex and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Flex or 2015 Toyota Highlander?

The base 2015 Toyota Highlander's standard 185-horsepower four-cylinder engine can’t compete with the Flex’s 287-horsepower V6. The Flex has a higher towing capacity (2,000 pounds versus the Highlander's 1,500 pounds) and more powerful acceleration. The Highlander has seating for eight, while the Flex carries seven. Both of these midsize SUVs have three rows of seating, but third-row legroom is more adult-friendly in the Ford. Unless you’re considering a V6 Highlander, the Flex is the much better choice.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Flex or 2015 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse provides class-leading cargo space (116.3 cubic feet) and seating for eight. It can also tow up to 5,200 pounds when properly equipped, while the Flex is only good for 2,000 pounds. Both have similar third-row legroom, but the Flex provides much more second-row legroom. The Flex is a good people mover, but for those who regularly carry cargo, go with the Traverse.

Which Is Better: 2015 Ford Flex or 2015 Ford Explorer?

If you're considering a 2015 Ford Explorer instead of the Flex, know that the Explorer’s cramped interior, frustrating touch screen, and low predicted reliability score push it toward the bottom of our midsize SUV rankings. The Explorer also has much higher total cost of ownership estimates, which make the Flex the clear choice.

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