2016 Ford Flex Limited 3.5L EcoBoost Review – Showing Signs of Aging



The 2016 Ford Flex Limited 3.5L EcoBoost is a mix of crossover and wagon. Living by its namesake the Flex really is flexible and the combination of elements from different vehicle types creates a rather unique vehicle. At 8 years old, Ford releases a limited trim variant featuring extra cool fit and finish you’d think twice that the Flex was made as a family car than something resembling more of a boxy Toyota/Scion bB/xB.

2016 Ford Flex Limited 3.5L EcoBoost Review - Showing Signs of Aging

The 2016 Ford Flex Limited 3.5L EcoBoost Adds Character Into the Mix

If a family man were to own the 2016 Ford Flex Limited 3.5L EcoBoost, it’s got the looks to make the neighbor’s kids say “you’ve got the coolest parents” to that man’s children. Up front you’ve got a Land Rover-esque front end especially with the “FLEX” badging across the lip of the hood and a wide grille that extends to the square headlights that’s also blacked out but with subtle silver trim to show off some lines. Paired with a bottom air splitter that is also extra wide and with the low profile, it gives it a very cool look out of the factory. Under the hood is a powerful 365hp twin turbo 3.5 Liter V6 that’s a bit too much for a vehicle of this class, but hey, it’s a limited edition, why not pull out all the stops?

However, the age shows once you step inside the cabin of the 2016 Flex Limited 3.5L EcoBoost. Being introduced in 2008, the Flex has been refreshed in 2013 but that was three years ago and the interior still feels dated. Materials are composed of soft-touch-padded hard plastic panels and it gets more noticeable the further back you sit in the vehicle. While it may be a turn off, if seen as a family car, those rugged hard plastic panels are a godsend especially when hauling rowdy kids that’ll eventually scuff up the panels. Cargo space is very generous even without the third row folded and overall comfort is good even up to the third row.

The 2016 Ford Flex Limited 3.5L EcoBoost is not gifted with a very athletic chassis but it’s stable at speed especially if you choose to flex (pun intended 100%) the twin turbocharged 3.5 Liter V6’s muscles, it’ll lunge from 0-60mph in just six seconds, not bad for a family car. Where the Flex Limited falls short though is the fuel economy because of the extra horses, it averages 18mpg combined.


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2016 Ford Flex Limited 3.5L EcoBoost Review – Showing Signs of Aging
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