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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“Huge legroom in the middle row”
“The Flex's seats are fine places to be”
Third-row legroom “8 inches more than a Chevy Tahoe”
The 2010 Ford Flex has crisp styling and a strong powertrain, but its killer application is its ability to haul seven passengers in comfort.
The Flex has “impressive interior packaging,” according to Edmunds. “The second-row seats literally flip and fold forward at the touch of a button…and the third-row seat is fully functional for full-sized adults.”
Jalopnik reports that the second-row seats “are firm and they travel on tracks so you can go all the way from huge legroom in the middle row and a reasonable amount in the wayback, or comfy legroom for all.” Edmunds adds that “there is 7.5 inches more legroom in the second row of the Flex than in the slightly longer Chevy Traverse crossover,” and in the third row, “some 8 inches more than a Chevy Tahoe.” Autoblog, meanwhile, says, “The Flex's seats are fine places to be: big, flat, comfy chairs [that are] perfectly cushy and supportive enough to get you over the long haul.” Jalopnik is also pleased with the sunroofs—all of them—"were quite a sky-sight to behold. All in all, we were pleasantly surprised and look forward to spending some time with it on our own terms.” Visibility is a strong point in the 2010 Ford Flex, Car and Driver attests.
Edmunds thinks the interior quality is better than in most recent Fords, too: “There were also soft-touch inserts along the door panels where your hand or arm is likely to contact them, and while much of the dash (and the bulk of the door panels) were hard plastic, the plastic had a rich texture that at least made it look premium.” The optional Vista Roof in the 2010 Ford Flex will “brighten the interior,” Car and Driver says. Base versions also offer a “faux tweed” seat trim with “miniature houndstooth patches.”
TheCarConnection.com notes that the 2010 Flex demonstrates fine assembly quality. The materials, and the way they work together, are a step up for Ford—the door panels have faux-wood trim, metallic bands, leather, and plastic all next to each other, and they come off as high-quality pieces, rather than cheesy attempts at making the Flex seem more high-end. There is some hard gray plastic, banished to places where hands don’t usually touch.
The 2010 Ford Flex impresses with its spaciousness, interior comforts, and high-quality cabin.