Climbing to the higher-midlevel 2012 Ford Flex trim line, one encounters the well-equipped Flex Limited. Boasting standard unique (for Ford) styling, front-wheel drive (FWD) and a base, normally aspirated V6 powerplant, this 7-seat, 3-row large crossover can be modified to tote Ford’s EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 when the available Active all-wheel-drivetrain (AWD) is selected.
Sporting the same 83.2 cubic feet of cargo space that endows its lesser siblings, this boxy high-end crossover also flaunts 19-inch polished alloy wheels and a power rear liftgate outside, with premium leather upholstery, simulated wood door panels and leather, chrome and simulated alloy trim accents inside. Heated height-adjustable and power-adjustable front seats with a fold-flat front passenger seat also come standard, complemented by power-adjustable pedals, a rear-seat flip-out rear center armrest with storage (new for 2012), and memory for driver's settings.
Naturally, full power accessories, including heated outside mirrors, are delivered with the classy Flex Limited trim, as are cruise control, a tilting and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a universal remote garage door opener. Standard techno-gizmos, meantime, include Sync voice-activated audio and communications interface with turn-by-turn driving directions, Bluetooth hands-free calling and a 390-watt Sony audio system with MP3-capable single-CD player, 12 speakers, satellite radio and a USB port.
Options for the penultimate Flex Limited trim include remote engine start, rear-seat DVD entertainment, a navigation suite with integrated rear-view camera, a Class III tow package, refrigerated second-row console, reclining second-row bucket seats and power-folding third-row seats. Additionally, the available Active Parking Assist will help with those challenging parallel parking chores, while the optional Vista Roof power-opening glass sunroof, now available with roof side rails, lets the sun shine in.
Whether the standard FWD or available RWD configuration is chosen, the ubiquitous normally aspirated 3.5-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 powerplant again gives the 2012 Flex Limited trim its go. Mated with the ubiquitous 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this sizeable ute boasts 262 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, 4,500 pounds of towing capacity and mileage estimates of 17 mpg city/24 highway in FWD garb and 16/23 in AWD editions.
Ford’s Active AWD system, by the way, allows this big ute to cruise in FWD under normal conditions, with torque automatically split to all 4 wheels for extra traction in slippery conditions.
For those with a need for speed, Ford’s touted EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6, again with VVT, can be mated with the 6-speed shiftable automatic, this time with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This potent powerplant is available only in those Limited trims with AWD and remains capable of toting 4,500 pounds of trailer when properly equipped. Meanwhile, look for mileage to run16/22. Finally, the EcoBoost-equipped Limited rolls on a sport-tuned suspension for a little more panache in your daily drive.
Standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 Flex Limited includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Xenon high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights also come standard, as do front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm. Additionally, Ford’s standard MyKey owner control feature, with speed and audio volume limitation, allows those youngsters of legal driving age to take the Flex Limited for a cruise that shouldn't worry parents too much.
Big and brash, boxy and basic, the 2012 Ford Flex SE remains the entry-level trim of this hefty crossover’s lineup. Able to easily accommodate 7 passengers in 3 rows of seating, this squared-off and, for Ford, uniquely styled quasi-ute also offers 83.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, as well as a nice blend of ride comfort and handling prowess.
The quirky Flex SE boasts 17-inch painted alloy wheels and power-adjustable mirrors outside, while cloth upholstery, front bucket seats with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather steering wheel and leather, chrome and simulated alloy trim accents adorn the cabin. Digital keypad power door locks, power windows, rear parking sensors, cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering all come standard, as do front and rear air conditioning and an MP3-capable single-CD player with 6 speakers.
Optional equipment, meantime, includes a roof rack with side rails, remote engine start, a Class III tow hitch, Sync voice-activated audio and communications, satellite radio, sport pedals and second-row reclining bucket seats with a power-release fold-down feature (for 6-passenger seating).
Available only in front-wheel-drive (FWD) configuration, the Flex SE boasts a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 3.5-liter V6 engine that combines with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 262 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Towing is maxed out at 4,500 pounds with proper equipment, while mileage remains estimated at 17 mpg city/24 highway.
In keeping with its family-oriented nature, the 2012 Flex SE also boasts Ford’s touted MyKey owner control safety feature. This unique system allows owners to limit speed and audio levels when younger drivers want to take this hefty crossover out for a spin.
Additional standard safety equipment includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, 3-row head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Front fog/driving lights are also standard aboard this entry-level trim, as is a post-collision safety system. Finally, a remote antitheft alarm contributes to contribute to overall security.
Flaunting added amenities, options and available active all-wheel drive (AWD), the 2012 Ford Flex SEL remains a solid choice for a midlevel full-size crossover SUV. Able to seat up to 7 in 3 rows, this boxy ute offers plenty of passenger room, though only a mediocre 83.2 cubic feet of total cargo area.
Bequeathed with 18-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable mirrors outside, the midlevel Flex SEL also comes with standard heated, height-adjustable and power-adjustable front bucket seats, a fold-flat front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and simulated wood, leather, chrome and simulated alloy cabin accents. Power windows and door locks, of course, all remain standard, as do toys like cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, a universal remote garage door opener, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and rear parking sensors. Purely comfort-oriented equipment, meantime, includes tri-zone climate control, while Ford’s SYNC voice-activated audio and Bluetooth-integrated hands-free communications interface, with turn-by-turn driving directions, melds with an MP3-capable single-CD player and 6 speakers, along with satellite radio and a USB port for some “Sirius” entertainment.
Options such as remote engine start, leather-trimmed upholstery, a navigation suite with integrated rear-view camera, a power-and-fixed-glass Vista sunroof (now available with optional chrome roof rails) and 12 Sony premium audio components, along with rear-seat DVD entertainment all can be delivered as standalone options aboard this well-endowed Flex. Of course, the popular Convenience Package, boasting heated outside mirrors, memory for driver's settings, a power liftgate and power-adjustable pedals, also remains available, as do reclining second-row bucket seats, though seating capacity declines to 6.
The standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2012 Flex SEL gets its go from a 3.5-liter variable-valve-timed (VVT) V6 engine that combines with the traditional 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 262 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. Look for towing to be topped out at 4,500 pounds with the available Class III Trailer Tow Package, while mileage is estimated at 17 mpg city/24 highway.
The available active AWD system, meanwhile, allows cruising in FWD under normal conditions, while power is instantly and automatically transferred from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip when traction conditions deteriorate. Mileage in the AWD-equipped Flex SEL, meanwhile, drops marginally to 16/23.
Standard safety features aboard the 2012 Flex SEL include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, 3-row head airbags, front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm. Additionally, Ford’s unique family-minded MyKey system is also standard, allowing owners to program speed and audio limits into this crafty ute when the young folks want to borrow it.
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Need a large, well-endowed 7-passenger crossover for the daily commute or those trips to the mall? Kick the tires on a 2012 Ford Flex Titanium. Pre-loaded with plenty of elbow room, 3 rows of seating and 83.2 cubic feet of total cargo area, this flagship Flex trim also packs all the bells and whistles expected of a high-end quasi-ute, including an available turbocharged V6 and available all-wheel drive (AWD).
Outside, look for upgraded exterior trim, 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a power liftgate and heated power-adjustable mirrors. Inside, expect to find perforated alcantara-trimmed leather upholstery (vinyl on third-row seats) and upgraded simulated wood, leather, chrome and simulated alloy cabin accents. Height-adjustable and heated power front seats, of course, come standard, as do driver memory settings, a fold-flat front passenger seat, rear flip-out armrest with storage (new for 2012) and power door locks and windows, as well as power-folding third-row seatbacks. The there’s stuff like standard cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, rear parking sensors, a universal remote garage door opener and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror to take care of convenience needs, all of it embraced by tri-zone climate control.
Notable standard techno-goodies, finally, include Ford’s popular SYNC voice-activated audio and communications system with turn-by-turn driving directions, as well as Bluetooth hands-free calling and Sony premium audio pumping out 390 watts through an MP3-capable single-CD player toting 12 speakers, satellite radio and a USB port.
Though it comes pretty much loaded, the 2012 Flex Titanium trim still remains eligible for the available hard-drive navigation suite with integrated rear-view camera, as well as Active Parking Assist for the parallel-parking-challenged. Remote start is also an option, as are a Class III tow hitch, rear-seat DVD entertainment and a refrigerated second-row console. Finally, for 2012, optional roof side rails can be mounted astride the available Vista Roof power glass sunroof.
Standard power for the 2012 Flex Titanium in either standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) or available AWD garb is the ubiquitous 3.5-liter normally aspirated V6 engine that allows this high-end crossover to pull up to 4,500 pounds of trailer when properly equipped. Managed by the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, the six-banger throws out 262 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, while variable valve timing (VVT) helps maintain estimated mileage at 17 mpg city/24 highway in FWD editions and 16/23 in AWD trims.
Ford’s Active AWD system, meanwhile, allows this hefty ute to cruise in FWD over dry roads while instigating instant torque split from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip when the going gets sloppy.
For some added oomph, Ford’s touted EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 can be delivered in Titanium trim with active AWD capability. Managed by the 6-speed shiftable automatic that can be controlled via standard steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, this blown V6 will put out 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Again, look for 4,500 pounds of trailer-towing capability with the proper equipment, while VVT helps maintain mileage at 16/22.
Safety-wise, look for the top-shelf 2012 Flex Titanium to carry 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Also helping to keep this sizeable crossover in one piece are front fog/driving lights and xenon high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights. The standard post-collision safety system and remote antitheft alarm, meantime, are bolstered by Ford’s unique MyKey owner-controllable speed and audio volume programming that allows the (properly licensed) kids to take the Flex out for the evening with a bit less parental angst.