2014 Ford Flex Features

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A well-stocked family wagon with a signature look, the Ford Flex was redesigned last year to accommodate a set of new features that keep it at the forefront of infotainment tech.

Almost all versions of the 2014 Flex--all but the base SE--come with the upgraded version of MyFord Touch, introduced into this crossover in the 2013 model year. This screen- and voice-based interface combines climate, infotainment, and navigation features, as well as other functions. The new iteration includes improved responsiveness, a less cluttered look, improved fonts, and a better design for on-screen buttons. 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.

Plush fittings and some of the most connected infotainment features make the Ford Flex a luxury car in all but brand.

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 capacitive panel that houses supplemental audio and climate-control buttons. There's a physical button for the hazard lamps, but all else relies on touch.

Across the lineup, the Flex has a comprehensive set of features. The base Flex SE comes standard with a power windows, mirrors and locks; three-row seating; capless fuel filling; an AM/FM/CD player; Bluetooth; 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.

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.

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