Ford Flex Limited 2016

The most striking feature of the Ford Flex is its complete departure from the smooth contours standard to most of today’s SUVs. It’s boxy and it’s big—it's 202 inches long with a 118-inch wheelbase. And while this look may be appealing to some drivers, ‘sexy’ certainly isn’t the first word that comes to our minds when a Ford Flex rolls by. But this vehicle isn’t really about aesthetics, so it doesn’t matter

Many of the Ford Flex’s strengths lie in its interior. Boasting seven seats across three rows (two in the front, three in the middle, and two in the back), it is as spacious as SUVs come, and with plenty of trunk space, will accommodate plenty of gear as well. Another key feature of the Flex is its excellent visibility, which is only improved by the rear camera that now comes standard.

The Ford Flex is also very nice to drive. Featuring a standard 287 horsepower V-6, a six-speed automatic, and front-wheel drive, it’s fairly fast, and handles well. With the twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6, which pumps things up to 365 horsepower, it’s far faster, running 0-60 in under 7 seconds, though handling takes a bit of a hit.

Finally, with anti-lock brakes, stability control with anti-rollover technology, and six airbags, the Flex is also a safe choice. So, what this rectilinear rig lacks in sexiness, it more than makes up for in functionality and performance—a classic example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.