2009 Ford Flex vs. Its Competition

2009 Ford Flex
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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Quick Specs
9.0
The 2009 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers, with great passenger room and more features than some minivans.
8.2
The 2009 Buick Enclave takes American-made luxury crossovers into the realm where Lexus resides.
8.0
The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
7.6
Hyundai’s most expensive model may not quite be a Lexus, but it’s impressive in its own right.
MSRP From   
$28,550$35,070$27,695$27,045
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utililty
Style Name   
4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door CX2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door GLS
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7787
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door Sport Utility
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD