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2015 Ford Flex Review

The 2015 Ford Flex finishes in the middle of our competitive midsize SUV rankings. It has agile handling for its size and lots of passenger space, but some class rivals have additional room for cargo.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin
  • Nimble handling
  • Powerful available V6


  • Fussy infotainment system
  • Rivals offer more cargo room




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.2
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2015 Ford Flex Overview

Is the 2015 Ford Flex a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2015 Ford Flex is a good midsize SUV. Seven adults can fit comfortably in this smooth-riding Ford. It also handles well in the city, easily navigating tight spaces. The base engine is strong enough for many buyers, but the available twin-turbocharged V6 is surprisingly powerful. That said, this is a competitive class, and there are too many competitors with better reliability ratings and higher safety scores.  

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How Much Is the 2015 Ford Flex?

Based on over 550 listings on our site for the 2015 Ford Flex, the average list price is $23,600. That's about average for the class. Prices range from $17,900 to $28,300 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Ford Flex Cost to Own?

The 2015 Ford Flex's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $25,070, or $5,014 per year. That's below average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Flex?

The 2019 Ford Flex comes with a few upgrades over the 2015 Flex, including a more user-friendly infotainment system and a standard rearview camera. However, with a starting price of $30,575, the 2019 costs a lot more than the 2015 Flex. You'll have to decide if the 2019 model's improvements are worth the investment.

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There are a couple new SUVs in the 2015 Flex's price range that are worth considering, including the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Santa Fe features abundant standard safety tech, an excellent predicted reliability rating, and a more fuel-efficient base engine than the 2015 Flex.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Flex Is Best?

The 2015 Flex is part of a generation that debuted for the 2009 model year. The 2013 Flex received updated interior and exterior styling, and Ford added available adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and a more powerful base engine. However, we recommend starting your shopping with the 2016 or 2017 model, both of which come with the easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system and a standard rearview camera. You can also find these models with a rear-seat entertainment system, which Ford dropped for the 2018 model year.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Ford Flex?

The 2015 Ford Flex has a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is about average for the class.

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2015 Ford Flex Recalls

As of this writing, there are two safety recalls for the 2015 Ford Flex. Ford issued recalls on a fuel pump malfunction that may cause the engine to stall. Another recall addresses a parking brake that may not fully engage. Make sure a Ford dealer has addressed these recalls before purchasing a 2015 Flex.

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Which Used Ford Flex Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Ford Flex comes in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. The base SE trim has a good number of features, including rear parking sensors, cloth upholstery, a voice-activated SYNC infotainment system, and a six-speaker stereo. The SEL trim adds features like the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control. The top-of-the-line Limited trim adds first- and second-row leather-trimmed heated seats, a power liftgate, and navigation.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Flex?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Flex a Top Safety Pick designation, the highest rating of Good in four crash tests, and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. Properly equipped 2015 Flex models earned the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Flex four out of five stars in the rollover test.

Rear parking sensors come standard in the 2015 Flex. Available features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning with brake support, and parallel parking assist.

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2015 Ford Flex Versus the Competition

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

The 2015 Toyota Highlander and Ford Flex are neck and neck in our midsize SUV rankings. Both models feature three rows of seating and a comfortable ride. The Highlander has a more upscale interior and an easier-to-use infotainment system than the Flex. The Flex’s third row is roomier than the Highlander's, but the Ford holds only seven people to the Toyota's eight. The Flex also comes standard with a V6 engine, something you have to pay extra for with the Highlander. Both SUVs are solid, so your choice comes down to personal preference.

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

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a more well-rounded SUV than the Flex. In fact, it has one of the most spacious cargo bays in the class, with roughly 33 more cubic feet of storage space than the Flex. It also features seating for up to eight people, which is one more than the Ford. An outstanding reliability rating and fantastic safety scores seal the deal. The only real downside to the Traverse is its standard naturally aspirated V6 engine, which strains when pushed hard.

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2015 Flex Performance

How Does the 2015 Ford Flex Drive?

The 2015 Flex handles curves well for its size. This Ford SUV features nimble handling, precise steering, and strong brakes. Additionally, it does a good job of maneuvering into cramped spaces.

The standard V6 engine makes 287 horsepower, and a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is available. Both engines have plenty of power, but heavy-footed shoppers will likely prefer the upgraded engine for its added oomph. The standard six-speed automatic transmission earns praise for its smooth shifts.

Does the 2015 Ford Flex Get Good Gas Mileage?

The standard 2015 Flex delivers 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class.

2015 Ford Flex Towing Capacity

When equipped with its available towing package, the 2015 Flex can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

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2015 Flex Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Flex Seat?

In its standard setup, the Flex has seating for seven, while models with the available second-row captain's chairs can seat six. This Ford SUV can comfortably accommodate adults in all three rows.

Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated captain’s chairs, and a heated steering wheel are available.

How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Ford Flex?

The 2015 Ford Flex has three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Flex's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The lower anchors are easy to maneuver around, but they are set too deep in the seats. Some upper tethers may also be hard to find and could be confused for other hardware.

2015 Ford Flex Features

The standard SYNC infotainment system is less than intuitive, and the available MyFord Touch infotainment system has some glitches. Both systems feature small, hard-to-reach buttons.

The Flex also comes standard with six speakers, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include navigation, a 7- or 12-speaker premium audio system, and HD Radio.

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2015 Ford Flex Dimensions

Ford Flex Cargo Space

Inside the Flex, you'll find 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 43.2 cubic feet behind the second row, and 83.2 cubic feet when both the second and third rows are folded down. The Flex's overall cargo capacity is slightly below average for the midsize SUV class, but reviewers agree that it offers a useful amount of space thanks to its boxy shape.

A power liftgate is available.

2015 Flex Length and Weight

The 2015 Flex is about 16.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from around 4,440 to 4,830 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Ford Flex Built?

Ford built the 2015 Flex in Canada.

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