The Honda Pilot is the Flex’s most daunting competitor.
Redesigned for 2009, it has a large, controversial grille to go with much thicker styling and, to TheCarConnection.com’s taste, too much interior plastic.
The Buick Enclave is considerably sexier than either the Flex or the Pilot, but there’s not quite as much vertical space as in the Flex, and its transmission hunts for gears on twisty roads.
The Hyundai Veracruz offers a softer-looking alternative to the Flex; it has good V-6 power, third-row seating, and a plush, quiet interior.
|2009 Ford Flex||2009 Buick Enclave||2009 Honda Pilot||2008 Hyundai Veracruz|
|$28,550Browse Used Listings||$35,070Browse Used Listings||$27,695Browse Used Listings||$27,045Browse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utililty|
|4-Door SE FWD||FWD 4-Door CX||2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door GLS|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door SUV||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|