The 2011 Ford Flex does so much so well, it attracts plenty of rivals.
The Buick Enclave nearly hits the mark with a curvaceous charm, but its V-6 is throatier and its dash isn’t quite as well-fitted as that in the Flex.
The Honda Pilot used to be a family no-brainer, but the latest version ditches the glassy, anonymous look for a trucky take on utility that’s off-note—and covered inside with hard, unattractive plastic.
The Flex has a functional nemesis in the Chrysler Town & Country; the Flex oozes sophistication and comfort, but the Chrysler minivan’s sliding side doors and airy cabin are worth considering, at thousands less.
And if you’re contemplating the $55,000 sticker on a Flex Platinum, you may as well cross-shop a Range Rover Sport.
It’s nowhere near as convenient, but the swagger’s all there—right alongside dodgy reliability.
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|2011 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2011 Buick EnclaveBrowse Used Listings||2011 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2011 Land Rover Range Rover SportBrowse Used Listings||2010 Chrysler Town & CountryBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V6|
|FWD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Minivan|
|4-Door SE FWD||FWD 4-Door CX||2WD 4-Door LX||4WD 4-Door HSE||4-Door Wagon LX *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door Sport Utility||4 Door||4 Door|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|