If you want all the capability and practicality offered by a large crossover you're certainly no alone these days. Crossovers currently appear to be taking over the global auto market, but such massive success can bring problems. And a problem for many buyers is the fact so many crossovers are starting to look very much alike. If you want a full-size crossover with seating for up to seven people and all the space, practicality, capability and versatility you could wish for but you also want it to stand out from the crowd, you really must take the time to check out the superb 2017 Ford Flex.

The first thing anyone is going to remark upon with the 2017 Ford Flex is its exterior styling. The Flex has now been around in pretty much its current form since as long ago as the 2009 model year. In an industry that likes to refresh models after three or four years and completely redesign them every six or seven, the Flex is holding on to its looks in incredible style. There's no getting away from the fact the exterior is seriously boxy, but it's testimony to the no-compromise approach to practicality adopted by Ford here that the Flex actually appears proud to be different in this way. It's impossible to ignore the similarities between the look of the Flex and the Land Rover LR3, but it's hardly surprising as the Blue Oval owned the British manufacturer when the LR3 was in development. Now the LR3's successor the LR4 has now been replaced by an all-new Discovery, the Flex now finds itself to be even more unique in the new vehicle market.

When you step inside the 2017 Ford Flex you'll find it to be exactly as you would hope when looking from the outside. The cabin is large, spacious and comfortable, and even the base models are exceptionally well-equipped. If you choose to spend extra for the higher trims, you really do start to touch on the realms of genuine luxury. The ride is excellent, and what may come as something of a surprise to the uninitiated is the fact it's also pretty great to drive too. Ok, it's no Mustang GT350, but it's definitely a lot more fun than the average family hauler.

There are two different engines on offer in the 2017 Ford Flex, and neither will disappoint in any way. The standard unit is a 3.5-litre V-6 that develops 287 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque, which is sent to the front or all four wheels through a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with shifter button activation. In the base SE trim level this engine isn’t available with all-wheel drive, but it is an option if you step up to the middle-of-the-range SEL model. If you want the more powerful engine option for the Flex you'll have to go for the top-of-the-line Platinum model, which also means all-wheel drive is standard as well. The more powerful engine is in fact another 3.5-litre V-6, but this time it's a superb EcoBoost turbo unit the puts a very impressive 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal, which once again comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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