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2017 Ford Flex Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Flex was new.


Interior: 8.2

The 2017 Ford Flex's interior features pleasing materials and good build quality. Passenger room is generous, though there are differing opinions about space in the third row. Cargo volume is about average for the class. An available touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use and operates smoothly for the most part.

  • "The interior is a highly functional space that offers the choice of a fixed second row-bench seat - which affords seating for seven - or a pair of sliding second-row captain's chairs that reduce passenger capacity to six but can be moved forward to extended third-row legroom." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • "Ford worked hard to make the 2016 Flex a special place to be. The inviting interior is functional, elegantly appointed and meticulously assembled." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "Front-seat occupants will be particularly impressed by the Flex's high-quality materials, which remain above-average for the segment and wouldn't look out of place in the Flex's Lincoln platform-mate." -- Edmunds (2016)


The 2017 Flex seats seven people on three rows. Cloth seating and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. Options include leather first- and second-row seats, heated front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, 10-way power-adjustable ventilated front seats, second-row captain's chairs, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a heated steering wheel, and a one-touch power-folding third row.

The Flex's cabin is spacious, resulting in ample room for passengers. The comfortable second-row seats provide ample space for adults. Most critics even think there is enough room for adults in the third row, but some caution that legroom could be tight for taller occupants. The two front seats are somewhat comfortable, but don’t provide a lot of support for longer drives because of how flat they are.

There are three complete LATCH system locations in the Flex: the outer two second-row seats and the passenger-side third-row seat. For the rear-most seat, the upper tether anchor is hard to find and could be confused with other hardware. The lower anchors, though, are easy to find and require little effort to attach the straps. The second-row seats also have top anchors that are difficult to locate. Their lower connectors are located deep in the seat, but there is room to maneuver your hands around and easily attach the straps.

  • "The 2017 Ford Flex's boxy shape translates to a wealth of interior space, including adult-friendly accommodations in all three rows. The front seats are decently comfortable, but some drivers might find them overly flat, lacking in support for long-distance drives." -- Edmunds
  • "For hauling people, the front and middle rows provide spacious and comfortable accommodations for four, or five in a pinch. Third-row occupants will find legroom a little tight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "In terms of seating comfort, both the second and third rows have plenty of room for 6-footers." -- Autotrader (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Flex include a USB port, the SYNC infotainment system, voice-command recognition, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and Ford's MyKey system. Optional features include a panoramic glass roof with a moonroof, a power liftgate, a three-prong power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, two USB ports, a seven-speaker premium audio system, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, proximity key entry, push-button start, remote start, a universal garage door opener, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, the SYNC3 touch-screen infotainment system, Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration, voice-control navigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic parking assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

The optional SYNC3 infotainment system has an intuitive touch screen that responds quickly to inputs. The menu layout is also easy to navigate through. Voice control works impressively as well. However, other physical controls are small and located below the touch screen and can be difficult to use since they're not actual knobs and buttons, but small touch-sensitive panels.

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  • "The infotainment system is one thing Ford has kept updated since the Flex debuted in 2009. The newest system features the Sync 3 interface. It's easy to use thanks to a simple menu layout and quick response times. Unfortunately, the touch-sensitive radio and climate control buttons just below the touchscreen are less intuitive. Simply brushing your arm against the center stack can alter those settings. The old-school steering-wheel button layout is similarly confounding." -- Edmunds
  • "Ford's Sync 3 is a vast improvement over the previous system, with better voice control and a more intuitive interface." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "While we can't say we're thrilled about the small knobs and buttons used to control the standard audio and ventilation, we generally like the layout and features on the Flex's instrument panel." -- Autotrader (2015)


The Flex offers 20 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats up, 43.2 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 83.2 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Those values are about average for the class. All of the seats fold flat, including the front passenger seat, and the Flex's boxy shape makes it easier to store cargo.

  • "Behind the rear seatbacks, you'll find up to 20 cubic feet of cargo space. If you keep the third row folded flat when it's not in use, you'll have a much handier 43.2 cubes at your disposal, while folding down both rear rows opens up 83.2 cubes. These figures are a bit less than what you'll find in some rival SUVs, but the Flex is still highly functional thanks to its squared-off roofline." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2nd-row and 3rd-row seats fold flat, and so does the right-front passenger seat, creating what feels like acres of cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "A spacious interior and generous cargo hold are some of this crossover SUV's best features." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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