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Electronic frills include audio by Sony, rear climate settings adjustable from the front, USB and auxiliary ports, Sync, and optional navigation via a brilliant touchscreen
Order the Vista Roof (a $1,600 option) and passengers in each of the three rows get a little peek of daylight through the roof
great options such as Sync, the refrigerated console, and 110-volt inverter
a refrigerator will be offered between the second row captain's chairs. Driven by a compressor, it will cool seven 12-ounce cans or two 20-ounce bottles to forty-one degrees.
The 2011 Ford Flex’s full array of common-sense standard features and gee-whiz options has put other crossovers on point. No other seven-passenger crossover comes close to its available features; only the five-passenger 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is in the running, with its in-car satellite TV.
Even the basic Flex has an ample standard-features list. On it are third-row seating; an AM/FM/CD player; power windows, locks, and mirrors; a capless fuel-filler system, which means no more misplaced gas caps; and Ford’s MyKey system. The upmarket versions add the turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and other niceties like a leather interior; a panoramic sunroof; and Ford’s SYNC entertainment/phone controller.
Among the more engaging options are Sirius TravelLink, with real-time traffic, weather, sports, and movie listings; pricey Sony sound systems; a DVD entertainment system; 20-inch wheels; a second-row refrigerator; a hidden keyless entry pad that responds to a swipe of a finger like the Apple iPhone; a power tailgate; xenon headlamps; and HD radio.
New for the 2011 model year is a Titanium package with distinct styling pieces and colors. It also includes a two-tone roof, black-chrome trim, 20-inch wheels, suede and leather seats, and HD Radio.
The 2011 Ford Flex was born to entertain—but even base versions will keep multitasking families happy.