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#28 of 68 2009 Ford Flex Pricing
Jun 19, 2008 (7:19 pm)
My wife and I are in the market for a vehicle that has room for a family of 4, good gas mileage and roomy. We're not sold on a mini van or some of the SUVs. I came across the Ford Flex yesterday and love everything about it but the price. However, did anyone see the consumer rating for Ford Flex on edmunds.com?
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The rating says this guy bought a Ford Flex SEL with AWD and options for under 30k! Maybe it is a typo and it was supposed to be 40 k. We can afford < 30k so this caught my attention. The base model we can afford, but I would really like AWD (I live in Ohio). I can't get AWD on the base SE model So..anyone hear of any prices people are getting from the dealer? Is this legit?
#29 of 68 Re: 2009 Ford Flex Pricing [superbowl7]
Jun 19, 2008 (7:52 pm)
The MSRP of the Flex that the guy bought for less than $30K is about $42K, so there is no way he got it for what he said.
#30 of 68 Re: 2009 Ford Flex Pricing [rcf8000]
Jun 20, 2008 (5:44 am)
I would say it's possible. The invoice price is in the mid-30s and he might have financed, had a trade, bought an extended warranty, etc...all of which might have led the dealer low the price of the car to $29K because the dealer made thousands off the trade-in, financing, etc. So while it's not likely, it's possible.
#31 of 68 Price and Concept
Jun 20, 2008 (12:04 pm)
Why is everyone complaining about price? Flex starts at $28,295. Compared to some key competitors, it fits just fine:
Mazda CX-9 = $30,050
GMC Acadia = $30,470
Honda Pilot = $27,595
I will say that once you start optioning the Flex up, it does get incredibly pricey ($45K!!). If you can restrain yourself from getting all the frivolous options, you can have a Flex for under $30K.
And why do people think they need AWD? FWD in a 4500 lb vehicle will do just fine in everything but blizzard conditions. If you're so concerned about price/fuel economy, just get FWD.
Anyhow, I think the Flex is just what Ford needs... something fresh, that actually stands out in the segment. It has great interior room and nice materials/styling (for a Ford). It won't touch Highlander/Pilot sales numbers, but it should do better than the unloved Freestar it's intended to replace.
#32 of 68 Flex is here
Jun 20, 2008 (9:47 pm)
Been waiting to see one is the flesh. A local dealer got some in yesterday, so I stopped by today. Didn't drive it, just looked it over.
It is slightly taller than I expected. That's not bad, just different from expected. It is long so the pics mislead me a bit.
This is one that folks will either love or hate. Doubt very seriously anyone will be lukewarm on this one. I like the presence and strong lines much more than the T-X. I would like to see one with a roof rack. They didn't have one.
The third row feels slightly tighter than the T-X. Still plenty of room though. I fit just fine. All they had had the second row captains chairs. I would be more interested in the bench. Cockpit is very T-X like. Snug and appeared very functional and serviceable. Nothing untoward at first look.
All in all I like it so far. I like the boxy, square look much more than the swoopy, curvy style of most other CUV's. When my wife returns from her trip we'll go drive one. I would like it more at a mid-20's price point. They had SE's and SEL's from about $29k to $36k. In line with the segment. We'll see what they actually start selling at.
#33 of 68 Re: Price and Concept [uofmg35]
Jun 21, 2008 (6:15 am)
As far as price, it's also competing against the Odyssey and Sienna (since Ford doesn't have a minvivan), both of which start in the mid 20s. Bottom line, it's going to sell on it's style and not much else.
#34 of 68 Test Drive?
Jun 26, 2008 (8:09 am)
Anybody drive one?
Dealers around here have a display model, but at last check (last week) were not allowing test drives.
#35 of 68 Re: Land Rover Alternative?? [lndrvrlover]
Jun 28, 2008 (2:12 pm)
I currently lease a Land Rover LR3 and just got back from test driving the Flex. The obvious major difference is the Flex has none of the off-road capabilities of the LR3 and weighs 2,500 pounds less but does share the boxy styling. The Flex is quite long and has comfortable seating with ample leg room in the 2nd row but not so much the 3rd. The vehicle length and tire size give it a smooth ride and it seems to handle well. Acceleration was also good. As for the MPG it all depends where you're coming from ... it's a vast improvement over my LR3 and other SUV's (Explorer, etc) , compares well against similar vehicles (Acadia, etc.). Inside has all the bells and whistles you'd expect. The styling is not going to be everyone's cup of tea but I like it because it stands out - not another jelly bean like so many other cars.
#36 of 68 First Drive and Lease Price
Jul 01, 2008 (4:16 pm)
Drive a Flex Limited today (I'm replacing my 9mpg Touareg in a few weeks and have been kicking many tires). Overall, I liked the package -- comfortable seats and amazing 2nd row leg room. I asked the dealer to work on some lease numbers and I almost fell out of my chair. The MSRP was $42,540. With no discounts (I wasn't ready to arm wrestle, just wanted to see the lease numbers) and $3,000 total out of pocket on a 36 month, 10K/yr term the monthly payment was $698!!! This includes sales tax (which in my state you prepay all upfront). A $2K discount might take this down by $50-$60 a month.
What a big disappointment (due to typical Ford low residual rates and no promos). A loaded (and discounted) CX-9 GT with almost the same MSRP runs about $510 (same terms). Not sure this car is worth the difference. I really wanted to like this car.
#37 of 68 Re: First Drive and Lease Price [rdxer]
Jul 02, 2008 (2:06 pm)
I am facing the same issue... I am looking at leasing the flex for my wife (replacing an escalade with a monthly payment of $599). Unfortunately, the flex residual on their 36 month lease is around 50%... I live in California and the best 36 month for a MSRP of around 40k, 15,000 miles per year, 0 cap cost reduction, just drive off fees is right at $600! Very tough to lease this car at $600/ month... There are so many other options to look at... Special leases on the Audi Q7, Acura MDX, Volvo XC 90... All offer 3rd row seating, great options, much higher MSRP's... yet much lower lease payments.
Other than the monthly payment, we really liked the Flex... It drove great, good gas mileage, nice styling.