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2011 Ford Flex Titanium Review

Large and Luxurious Crossover

A three-quarter front view of a white 2011 Ford Flex Titanium

In short: A powerful, well-equipped 7-passenger crossover.

Ford has taken its Flex crossover in a decidedly more luxurious direction with the posh Titanium trim level, which adds 20-inch aluminum rims, a handsome black leather interior and the intelligent SYNC infotainment system to the hip family hauler's already winning formula. A roomy interior with 50/50 fold-flat third row seating makes the Ford Flex ideal for carting the kids around, while its generous 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque mean that road trips with a boat in tow aren't a problem, either. Featuring the same twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine as the Ford Taurus SHO and the Lincoln MKS EcoBoost, the Flex achieves V8-like power while still earning 18 mpg combined — a respectable figure considering the hulking crossover's nearly two-and-a-half-ton frame.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance

Base Price: $45,185 / As Tested: $48,500

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, all-wheel drive, 7-passenger, 4-door crossover

Engine: 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbocharged engine with direct injection
Horsepower: 355 hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 1,500-5,250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed SelectShift automatic with paddle shifters

Curb weight:
4,850 lbs
Wheelbase: 117.9 in
Length/Width/Height: 201.8/68/88.8 in
Turning circle: 40.7 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; multi-link fully independent rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 9.1 seconds
Top Speed: 123 mph (electronically limited)

EPA City:
16 mpg
EPA Highway: 21 mpg

front, rear and third row head airbags; dual front side-mounted airbags

Likes: spacious; easy and fun to drive

Dislikes: gas mileage; price


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