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finding your music and podcasts via voice command on a Bluetooth connection just isn't going to happen
While the new system is markedly improved over the previous generation, it still feels as if Ford is asking it to do too much, a mistake BMW famously made with the early iterations of iDrive.
new and much improved MyFord Touch
latest version of the MyFord Touch infotainment system, updated for 2013 with clearer menus and more responsive controls
The 2013 Ford Flex isn't only about bold looks and three-row seating; it aims to be an excellent, full-featured family wagon, and especially in its top Limited guise feels like a full-fledged luxury model.
Whether you go for a base SE model, or a better-equipped SEL or Limited model you'll get a comprehensive set of features. The base Flex SE comes standard with three-row seating; a CD player; power windows, mirrors and locks; capless fuel filling; and MyKey, which lets owners set pre-programmed levels for radio volume and vehicle speed, effectively putting an electronic leash on younger drivers. Upscale Flex crossovers can be fitted with the EcoBoost turbo engine; all-wheel drive; a leather interior; and a glass panoramic sunroof.
All 2013 models except the base SE include the new, upgraded version of MyFord Touch, which includes improved responsiveness, a less cluttered look, improved fonts, and a better design for on-screen buttons. This screen- and voice-based interface combines climate, infotainment, and navigation features, as well as other functions. We came away mostly with a positive impression from the system, but noticed that there were still some delays or a dulled response for some menu selections.
The main instrument panel has been redesigned to go along with MyFord Touch, and a left panel can be reconfigured to show a number of different functions, including a graphic tachometer. Also new, just below MyFord Touch, is a capacitative panel that houses supplemental audio and climate-control buttons. There's a physical button for the hazard lamps, but all else relies on touch.
A second-row refrigerated console is a feature that's not available in any other vehicle in this class. Other new features include rain-sensing wipers, passive entry and start, and a new feature that lets you go up or down a gear at a time on all models, not just those with paddle-shifters.
New for the first time this year is an Appearance Package that brings a black (as opposed to white or silver) roof—plus black mirrors, unique door-trim panels, and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets. In all, Ford says that there are six new wheel styles, with three of them 20-inch.
With the advanced MyFord Touch interface and a lavish equipment set, the Flex can feel like a luxury vehicle.