The Ford Flex is somewhat of a newer type of Crossover SUV but actually has a decent towing capacity, mainly due to the V6 engines that powers it. I wanted to write this short article that breaks down the towing capacity of the Ford Flex throughout the years to give people an easy to read resource.
Overview of the Data For the Ford Flex:
Towing Capacity: For the most part, the Ford Flex has a standard towing capacity of 4,500 lbs. from 2012-2019 but you will likely need a class III towing package to achieve those capacities and/or a weight distributing hitch too.
The towing capacity for the Ford Flex from 2009-2011 was a little bit different and ranged from 2,000 lbs.-4,500 lbs. There was no engine specified for these years, instead a light-duty and heavy-duty model was available and is the reason for the large gap in towing capacity for the Ford Flex's made during these two years.
Engines Used: There were really only two different engine options for the Flex and they both had the same displacement, the only difference was that one engine used Ford's EcoBoost engine instead. The engine choices offered for the Ford Flex was the 3.5L V6 and the 3.5L EcoBoost V6.
Axle Configurations: Again, this was a simple choice for the Ford Flex, as the only two options were either FWD or AWD. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine seemed to only be available with the AWD axle, whereas the standard 3.5L engine had the option of either FWD or AWD from 2012-2019.
2016-2019 Ford Flex Towing Capacity:
The towing capacity for the 2016-2019 Ford Flex was right at 4,500 lbs. but will require a class III towing package, no matter which engine or axle you have. If you have the 3.5L engine (non EcoBoost), then you will also need a weight distributing hitch to achieve the towing capacity.
2014-2015 Ford Flex Towing Capacity:
The 2014-2015 Ford Flex models were a little bit different than the newer models and only seemed to require the class III towing package to be installed to achieve that 4,500 lb. towing capacity.
2012-2013 Ford Flex Towing Capacity:
The 2012-2013 Ford Flex models did not state having to have a towing package installed or a weight distributing hitch equipped. The towing capacity for the 2012-2013 Flex was still 4,500 lbs. but that seems to be the standard metric, no matter the engine or axle configuration.
2009-2011 Ford Flex Towing Capacity:
The 2009-2011 Ford Flex's had a little bit different metric and didn't specify the engine used but instead had a light-duty or heavy-duty model listed. The towing capacities for the 2009-2011 Ford Flex also was a bit different, ranging from 2,000 lbs.-4,500 lbs. The use of a weight distributing hitch was also specified for the 2011 models but not for any other years.
Resources For The Ford Flex That Helped Me:
Here is a list of links to Ford's towing guides that I used to gather and compile all of the information on the Ford Flex's towing capacity. Feel free to have a look through them yourself, if you need to.