The Honda Pilot, probably the most direct rival to the Flex, was redesigned last year, gaining a large, controversial grille to go with much thicker styling.
But the Pilot, in the opinion of TheCarConnection.com, has a cluttered interior with too much plastic.
The Chevrolet Traverse is a great alternative, but it feels bigger than the Flex and there isn't quite as much vertical space in the cabin.
The Traverse also suffers from a hesitant transmission.
The plush, quiet Hyundai Veracruz is a softer-styled alternative to the Flex; it offers good V-6 power and third-row seating, but it's certainly not as distinctive.
Finally, we throw in a minivan for good measure; the Nissan Quest is by far the most stylish of them.
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|2010 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2011 Nissan QuestBrowse Used Listings||2010 Chevrolet TraverseBrowse Used Listings||2010 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2010 Hyundai VeracruzBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Minivans||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utililty|
|4-Door SE FWD||4-Door S||FWD 4-Door LS||2WD 4-Door LX||FWD 4-Door GLS|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Passenger Van||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility|
|Automatic||Continuously variable ratio||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift|