2016 Ford Flex

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For families looking to seat six or seven in style and comfort, the 2016 Ford Flex must be at the top of the test drive list. The Flex name is more than a pose. It’s a promise of real flexibility that can take care of passengers and cargo alike.

New for 2016, the Flex is offering its first-ever appearance package, adding black accents to the door handles, window sills, liftgate, roof and grille. The Flex SEL and Limited can wear a retro look with a silver, black or white roof. Koma Blue, Shadow Black, and Too Good to Be Blue are new colors in the Flex palette.

The Flex driver enjoys significant performance from the car’s V-6 engine. The powertrain generates 287 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. For an even swifter powertrain, Ford is offering its Ecoboost V-6. The twin-turbo kicks out 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Whichever one suits the family driver, you can be sure that it won’t shrink from the demands of highway travel.

With 155 cu.ft. of wiggle room, kids and teens can find a good spot. Shoppers may choose the standard seven-seat edition or opt for second-row bucket seats. Clad in premium cloth or leather, the chairs offer true flexibility. The third row folds into the floor, creating a larger flat cargo hold. The hold itself has a deep well that makes it very useful for hauling when the seats are up. An available power liftgate and power-fold third row make it easy to use these cargo features.

Designed for family travel, refined features include ambient lighting, always a comfort to children on nighttime drives. Multi-level climate controls and rear seat venting keep the air conditioning and heat flowing to the kids. For fun, families may also utilize a third-row tailgate seating option. A refrigerated console can keep your sodas and bottles cold. It even has a freeze mode. Bringing the outdoors in, the available Multi-Panel Vista Roof covers three rows with a moonroof, two matching roof windows, and a large skylight. Allowing you to bring along adventure equipment, the Flex can tow up to 4,500 pounds with the tow package.

A long list of available features can make the driver's life less stressful. You can enjoy power-adjusting pedals and a power chair with heated and ventilated cushioning. Aids include speed sensitive wipers and heated side mirrors with welcome lamps. The automatic park assist takes the work and worry out of parallel parking. Keeping an electronic eye on the road for you, a forward collision system is part of the adaptive cruise control system. The blind spot monitor comes with a rear cross-traffic alert, helping the driver avoid common sideswipe scenarios.

Considering its spaciousness, style and generous features, the 2016 Ford Flex works hard to earn a spot in the family's driveway.

*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.