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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $27,427 $29,100
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $29,312 $31,100
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,474 $32,680
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,339 $34,680
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,027 $40,780
4-Door SE FWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door FWD SE 17 24 $29,123 $30,900
4-Door FWD SEL 17 24 $31,052 $33,300
4-Door AWD SEL 16 23 $32,872 $35,250
4-Door FWD Limited 17 24 $36,554 $39,200
4-Door AWD Limited 16 23 $38,373 $41,150
4-Door AWD Limited w/EcoBoost 16 23 $40,863 $43,820
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,427
$29,123
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,100
$30,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$485 / month
$515 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent. With an unmistakable design, strong performance, and a roomy, comfortable interior, the 2013 Ford Flex proves that three-row crossovers don't have to be boring.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in) 37.800 38.700
Front Hip Room (in) 57.300 55.500
Third Shoulder Room (in) 50.800 50.800
Second Leg Room (in) 39.800 44.300
Front Head Room (in) 41.400 41.800
Passenger Capacity 7 7
Second Hip Room (in) 56.700 55.000
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.300 58.400
Third Leg Room (in) 33.200 33.300
Second Head Room (in) 40.500 40.500
Third Hip Room (in) 40.700 41.100
Second Shoulder Room (in) 61.000 58.100
Front Leg Room (in) 40.600 40.800
Passenger Volume (ft³) 151.700 155.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 7.600 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 197.100 201.800
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 70.400 68.000
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.000 65.400
Wheelbase (in) 112.600 117.900
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.900 75.900
Track Width, Front (in) 67.000 65.400
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 21.000 20.000
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 43.800 43.200
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 80.700 83.200
Brakes
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 12.800 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 13.000 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.600 18.600
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.750 17.000
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.200 40.700
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA N/A
Rear Tire Size P245/65R17 P235/60R17
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - N/A
Front Tire Size P245/65R17 P235/60R17
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - N/A
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 300 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4534 4471
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 175 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 255 @ 4100 254 @ 4500
Engine Order Code 998 998
Displacement 3.5L/213 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6500 287 @ 6250
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 17
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.390 3.390
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.410 1.410
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.740 0.740
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.480 4.480
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.840 1.840
Trans Type 6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High 1.000 NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.000 1.000
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.880 2.880
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.870 2.870
Trans Order Code 44J 44J
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Ford Flex
Body Style Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - N/A
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.866 0.866
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.259 1.259
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.1 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 3 (2012)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
 
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