For most families, cars are way more than just a way to get from A to B. They are practically a second home. Between ball practice, vacations, and errands your life happens inside your car. The impromptu rock concert, the game of I spy, the hauling of your four year old’s epic dragon birthday cake – it all happens in your car. That’s where the 2018 Ford Flex can lend all parents a helping hand.
It also happens to be one of the most reasonably priced and versatile vehicles on the market. The Ford Flex is so good that in its seven years on the market, the Flex has seen only minimal changes! It came on the market in 2009; it still combines the best of a station wagon, a minivan, and a sport utility vehicle! Here are the top 8 reasons a 2018 Ford Flex will work for your family.
A Great Price
What is a family without a budget? We all have them, and they seem to get smaller with every new kid. But adding a child means making room for a bigger vehicle. With the 2018 Ford Flex, you get a solid automobile with a ton of amenities for a very reasonable price. Each of Ford’s trim levels, SE, SEL, and Limited get you the most car possible for the money. They start around $30,000.
Loads of Luxuries
Even the base model offers great finishing touches, but the other trim options have even more! You can add features such as fog lights, chrome door handles, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, self-parking, and heated front seats. That’s not all, other add-ons include xenon headlights, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, navigation, heated second-row captain’s chairs, ventilated front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and a one-touch power-fold-and-tumble third row. Seem like a lot? Well, it is!
Flexible Is In The NAME
The wagon shape and SUV seating are usually enough to catch attention. But get this, it also has many of the same features as a minivan! The 2018 Ford Flex has everything your active family needs. There are even amenities like an available refrigerator, comfortable third row seating, and the option of second-row captain’s chairs. It can take anything you can throw at it and in it!
The Cubic Feet
Get this, when all three rows of seats are in use, the 2018 Ford Flex can still haul 20 cubic feet of your stuff. That’s 20 cubic feet of sports equipment, groceries, or garden plants. Literally, whatever you need. If you fold down that back row, you get another three cubic feet to work with. PLUS, the 2018 Ford Flex can tow up to 4,500 pounds. Attach the boat and head out for a family day on the lake!
The Engine Choices
This is where the tech specs come in handy. The 2018 Ford Flex has all of your needs covered with a pair of 3.5-liter V6 engines. It offers 287 horsepower and 254 ft-lbs of torque from its base power plant. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard; all-wheel drive is optional on the upper trim levels. The turbocharged version of the 3.5-liter V6 produces 365 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs of torque. And get this, all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters come standard.
The Incredible Safety Features
It wouldn’t be a family friendly list without highlighting the exceptional safety features of the 2018 Ford Flex. The ABS, stability control, traction control, front airbags, front side airbags, a pair of full-length side curtain airbags, blind spot mirrors, and a rear proximity sensor array, are all included as standard safety features. Plus, this vehicle offers an optional set of inflatable seat belts for the second-row seats.
Crash Test Results
This goes hand in hand with the spectacular safety features offered standard on the 2018 Ford Flex. The Flex offers cutting-edge drivers aids including, adaptive cruise control as well a collision warning system. Plus, the IIHS says it rates “Good,” its top ranking, in moderate-overlap, frontal-offset, side-impact, and roof-strength tests.
Yep, this vehicle has it all for families! Ford has fitted its new infotainment system to the 2018 Ford Flex. It boasts a simple layout, familiar pinch and swipe inputs, gorgeous graphics that let your attention stay on the road and not trying to work the screen. Plus, you can hook up just about any third-party entertainment system to the Flex! DVD players anyone?!
These eight features are just a few of the reasons why this vehicle makes an exceptional family car. A few honorable mentions have to be the amazing seating options that can keep the kids from “touching” each other in the back seats. Any parent knows wars can break out on the freeway over shared space. With the third-row options, parents will get the peaceful drive they crave.
Also, because it’s lower to the ground than an SUV, kids can help themselves in and out. Plus latching in child safety seats is much easier with the amount of room the 2018 Ford Flex has on the inside.
The 2018 Ford Flex is a star in the family vehicle arena, and it deserves every accolade. This vehicle will be your number one assistant for everyday life and special family trips. Load up the bags, load up the kids, and even the dog, and hit the road!