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2011 Ford Flex Titanium AWD Review

2011 Ford Flex Titanium AWD Review
Jan 2, 2012
2011 Ford Flex Titanium AWD Review
by Miranda Lightstone , Auto123.com
It's all about the space
Really, what sets the Ford Flex apart from the rest (in my humble opinion) is the sheer size of the interior space. From the headroom to the rear passenger legroom, the Flex is just spacious. There's no other word for it. I couldn't think of a way to make it slip up. Groceries? A joke. Friends to the movies? No one complained, not even the third-row passengers. Delicate, hand-built furniture? Almost too easy. And so I gave up. With a maximum interior volume (with all passenger seats folded) of 2,355 litres, the Ford Flex is a veritable Econoline van when it needs to be.

2011 Ford Flex Titanium AWD trunk
With a maximum interior volume (with all passenger seats folded) of 2,355 litres, the Ford Flex is a veritable Econoline van when it needs to be. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/Auto123.com)

And don't assume that because it's so big on the outside that it drives that big, because it honestly doesn't. Despite swallowing every bit of cargo whole without so much as a hiccup, the Ford Flex drives like it's much smaller. I wouldn't go so far as to say it drives like a car, but it at least drives like a smaller version of itself. Thanks to the square shape of the roofline and the windows, visibility is stellar all around and the optional backup camera will take away any uneasiness you have about bringing the Flex into a crowded parking lot.

The beauty of the EcoBoost
Alright, now comes the fun part. For the anti-mom-mobile, Ford equipped this bad boy with their new EcoBoost engine technology. Now, this might sound green and granola and all environmentally friendly and boring and stuff, but then you'd be assuming – and we all know what that does.

So, what is EcoBoost besides a fancy marketing term? Well, it's Ford's family of turbocharged engines that are designed to provide more power and torque while also achieving, in this case, approximately 20% better fuel efficiency over a similarly powered V8. How cool is that? More than just a fancy marketing term if you ask me. And after driving it, I can attest to the fact that it truly is.

With the Ford Flex's 3.5L twin-turbo V6, the crossover's near 5,000-lb curb weight means very little thanks to the 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of toque being pushed out. I expected the Flex to feel laborious and a bit heavy, but once those twin turbos kick in, the crossover takes on a whole new life and is a pleasure to pilot. Dads rejoice; here's a vehicle you can all truly enjoy.

2011 Ford Flex Titanium AWD engine
With the Ford Flex's 3.5L twin-turbo V6, the crossover's near 5,000-lb curb weight means very little thanks to the 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of toque being pushed out. (Photo: Matthieu Lambert/Auto123.com)
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