2019 Ford Flex Walk Around

The idiosyncratic styling is a stark contrast to the copycat curves on most crossovers. Unlike them, the Flex relies almost solely on straight lines and sharp angles. The boxy profile is highlighted by a pattern of grooved ribs reaching down its flat sides. Roofs can be black or body-colored, and the front end has been likened to a computer’s USB port.

Hints of several other makes, from Mini Cooper to Range Rover, might be discerned when viewing a Flex. Still, taken in total, this Ford is in a league all its own.

Interior

The sedate and quiet cabin is long on simplicity. It doesn’t struggle to be something it’s not. Touch-sensitive controls, arranged in a stack, work efficiently alongside the available big touchscreen. In base models, the standard infotainment screen measures only 4.3 inches.

The boxy shape creates a lot of space. Headroom is good even though the roof is lower than that of an SUV. The front seats are comfortable, and sliding into them is easy, with abundant knee and shoulder room. Side bolsters are soft but still grip the driver.

There’s good legroom room in the well-padded second-row bench seat, while captain’s chairs are available there. Upper trim levels get leather in the front and second rows, along with a power liftgate.

The third-row seats are usable; even adults can be comfortable enough for short trips. There’s 20 cubic feet of cargo space behind that row, which folds 50/50 for cargo. With both rows folded, there’s a total 83 cubic feet of space.

Quiet operation adds to the premium feel of the Flex.

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