Article: 2013 Ford Flex
Prices for the 2013 Ford Flex were not announced in time for this review but are likely to rise nominally with the midcycle freshening. Expect them to remain competitive with other seven-passenger crossover SUVs, however. That suggests a 2013 Ford Flex base-price range of around $31,000-$44,500. (Estimated base prices in this review include the manufacturer’s mandatory destination fee; Ford’s fee for the 2012 Flex was $825.)
The 2013 Flex SE model should again come only with front-wheel drive and start around $31,000; adding the Sync system to this version should again cost about $400.
Estimated base price for the 2013 Flex SEL is $33,000 with front-wheel drive and $35,000 with AWD.
With the standard V-6, the 2013 Flex Limited model will likely start near $37,000 with front-wheel drive and $39,000 with AWD. Figure $42,000 with the EcoBoost V-6 and AWD. Estimated base price for the 2013 Flex Titanium with the standard base V-6 is $39,500 with front-wheel-drive, $41,500 with all-wheel-drive. Figure $44,500 with the EcoBoost V-6 and AWD. Expect the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine to be optional on select trim levels at a cost of around $1,000.
Among options, adding the rear-seat DVD system should cost around $2,000, the three-panel moonroof about $1,495, Active Park Assist near $550, and a contrasting color roof around $400. Second-row bucket seats should cost about $650 on the SE and SEL models, with heated rear buckets priced at around $750 on the Limited and Titanium models.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Ford Flex weren’t released in time for this review but Ford projects the upgrades that give the base V-6 more power also will trigger a 1-mpg gain in some fuel-economy ratings.
Expect the 2013 Flex with the newly fortified base V-6 to rate around 18/25 mpg city/highway and 20 mpg combined city/highway combined with front drive and around 17/24 city/highway, 19 combined with AWD.
Fuel-economy ratings for 2013 Flexes fitted with the EcoBoost V-6 and AWD should remain at 16/23 mpg city/highway,19 mpg combined — impressive for such a powerful engine in this large a vehicle. Expect Ford to again recommend 91-octane gas for best performance in EcoBoost models and regular 87-octaine in base-engine versions.
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