The 2014 Ford Flex has basically two towing options: with or without the Class III Trailer Tow Package. Both of the engine options are rated for the same amounts, for both with and without.
In addition, the 2014 Ford Flex has fold-flat second and third row seats (unless equipped with a second row console), which gives you a great deal of internal cargo area as well.
This article will help give you an idea of what these towing and cargo options mean for you, and to give you some examples of what you can carry with each.
Basic Towing – 2,000 lbs Tow Capacity
The basic tow capacity for the 2014 Ford Flex, with either the standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine or the optional 3.5L EcoBoost Engine, is 2,000 pounds. The Flex does not come equipped from the factory with a trailer hitch, so you will either need to purchase and install an after-market hitch, or you can ask us here at Ken Wilson Ford to have one installed for you prior to you taking delivery of the vehicle.
To give you an idea of what this means for you, here are some examples of types of trailers that weigh in the 2,000 lbs or less range:
- Small to mid-sized boat (up to approx 14 feet) with trailer - This is extremely variable, depending on the boat, the hull materials, the trailer, the motor, and a number of other factors, but by my research, it looks like you can probably find a small boat and trailer combo that clocks in at under 2,000 pounds. Be sure to check the weight of everything before you buy, though, to make sure that the Flex can handle it.
- 5′x10′ Rental Cargo Trailer - Typically around 1,250 lbs unloaded, with a max load weight of around 1,550 lbs, although you would want to be sure not to overload the trailer
- 5′x8′ Rental Utility Trailer – Typically around 1,000 lbs unloaded, with a max load weight of around 1,800 lbs
As you can see, if you are going camping or boating, or if you are moving and need to rent a trailer, the Flex, even without the tow package, can handle a lot of common needs. If you have a large boat, or if you load up your cargo trailer with exclusively bars of 24k gold, you might need a better tow package.
Class III Trailer Tow Package – 4,500 lbs Tow Capacity
The Class III Trailer Tow package is available on either the SEL or Limited Trim levels, and with either the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine or the 3.5L EcoBoost engine. This package increases the maximum tow capacity of the 2014 Ford Flex up to 4,500 pounds. With the trailer Tow package, the Flex coems equipped with a 2″ Class III receiver hitch, a wiring harness with 4- and 7-pin connectors, and the addition of Trailer Sway Control to the Traction Control System of the vehicle. In addition, on the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6, an Engine Oil Cooling system is added, to help keep the engine from overheating while towing a heavy load.
To give you an idea of what this means for you, here are some examples of types of trailers that weigh in the 4,500 lbs or less range:
- Mid-sized boat (up to approximately 20 feet) with trailer – Again, this is extremely variable, depending on the boat, the hull materials, the trailer, the motor, and a number of other factors, but by my research, it looks like you can probably find a small boat and trailer combo that clocks in at under 4,500 pounds. Be sure to check the weight of everything before you buy, though, to make sure that the Flex can handle it.
- Travel Trailer up to around 16-20 feet long. This depends on the materials used. With lighter materials, there are trailers up to about 21 feet long, but in general, trailers around 16-18 feet tend to be a good fit for the tow capacity of the Flex.
- 6′x12′ Rental Utility Trailer – these generally weigh around 1,700 lbs empty, which leaves around 2,800 pounds for you to fill it with.
- 6′x12′ Rental Cargo Trailer – these generally weigh around 2,000 lbs empty, leaving around 2,500 pounds until you reach max capacity.
- Approx. $40,000,000 in 24k gold bars. If you use a trailer that weighs approximately 1,000 pounds empty, then 130 solid 24k gold bars (400 Troy oz each) would weigh around 3,500 pounds. Disclaimer: This is a terrible, terrible way to transport $40,000,000 in solid gold. You really should use some sort of armored car. But, if you really want to, the 2014 Ford Flex can do it.
On the Flex, you have a lot of Flexibility with your interior cargo area (I’m sorry – I had to do it). With all of the seats up, you’ve got about 20 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row. That’s not a huge amount. Its enough for a moderately sized grocery trip, or to stow a soccer ball and some equipment, but for larger trips its not a huge amount.
But, if you fold down the third row seats, the cargo volume expands up to 43.2 cubic feet, and if you fold down the second and third row seats (and you don’t have a second row center console), you have an impressive 83.2 cubic feet of cargo volume.
Because the Flex is such a long vehicle, if you have something long and thin that you need to transport (lumber, for instance), you can simply fold down one half of the vehicle and still have seating for at least two people in the back.