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STYLING | 9 out of 10
The blue oval grille badge is gone, replaced by extra-width “FLEX” lettering spanning the hood's leading edge.
a Taurus Country Squire sans wood siding
If you like your wagons square but still sleek, nothing will satisfy like the Ford Flex. A singular mashup of wagons past and present, the Flex is anything but anonymous, or bland.
Arguably, the Flex looks like an homage to the entire history of station wagons, but we can't help but discern a British streak down its sides. Volvo 245, Ford Fairline, Country Squire--it's all there, and to us, it's also part Range Rover, part MINI Cooper. It boldly forges its own style as it skirts around the "minivan" tag--and now it's even less "Ford," now that the badging's been removed, and only the "FLEX" name is tattooed across its nose. The only Ford mark on the vehicle is a blue-oval badge, on the lower right corner of the hatch. And is it just us, or does the new front end resemble nothing less than a USB port?
Inside, the Flex's design essentially carries over, although there have been some subtle changes to the materials--with soft-touch materials now used in the upper door trims as well. The instrument panel sits low, while a round analog clock on the dash of the navigation-equipped Flex clearly pays homage to the MINI--down to the stamped-in ribs that flank it. Also new is a redesigned center stack that makes room for the large MyFord screen interface, along with all-new capacitive touch controls for climate control and audio beneath it.
A singular, angular piece of retromodern design, the Ford Flex has all the right hints of Fairline and Range Rover.