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2012 Ford Flex SEL SUV

2012 Ford Flex Review

(0 Stars)  A different kind of people mover.

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Overview
With distinctive, love-it-or-hate-it styling and two capable V-6 engines, the Ford Flex is as adept at moving people and their belongings as a minivan and as satisfying to drive as a sport wagon. Originally introduced with a single powerplant, a competent but unremarkable 3.5-liter V-6, the Flex was one of the first recipients of Ford's EcoBoost engine. The direct-injected, turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 provides V-8-like acceleration and power while matching the fuel economy of the normally aspirated Flex. This year, however, the EcoBoost engine is only available with the top two Trim Levels; it is not available on the SE or the SEL. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission. All-wheel drive is optional on SEL, Limited, and Titanium Flexes with the normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6. When you opt for EcoBoost, you get standard all-wheel drive, twenty-inch aluminum wheels, and leather-trimmed seats. As before, interior amenities abound, but you'll have to pay extra for many of them. Sync provides hands-free operation of Bluetooth-enabled phones and digital media players, and there is a rear-seat entertainment system to keep the kids occupied on long road trips. A rear console refrigerator holds up to seven twelve-ounce cans and cools them from room temperature to 41 degrees faster than your refrigerator at home could. In addition, you can order a host of accessories from the dealer, including interior cargo organizers, a roof-mounted cargo box, illuminated door sills, and sport pedals.

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2012 Flex SEL Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L Duratec V 6 DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 18 MPG combined and 335 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
18.6gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 262 hp @ 6,250 rpm; 248 ft lb of torque @ 4,500 rpm

'12 Ford SEL SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Compass
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cargo Net
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear Side Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Third row seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Voice Activated Controls
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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