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2012 Ford Flex vs. Its Competition

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2012 Ford Flex 4-door SEL FWD Side Exterior View
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The Flex has many big crossover rivals, and some have its crowd-pleasing features if not its quirky panache.

The Buick Enclave has its own curvaceous charm, but its V-6 is throatier and its cabin isn’t quite as nicely trimmed as that in the Ford.

The Honda Pilot used to be our no-brainer recommendation, but the latest version has traded a glassy cabin and high-dollar trim for trucky styling and huge sheets of tacky, grainy plastic on the dash.

A functional trump card would be the Chrysler Town & Country; the Flex oozes sophistication by comparison, but the minivan’s sliding side doors make better sense if carpooling is job one.

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 or reliable, but the swagger’s all there.

2012 Ford Flex 4-door SEL FWD Side Exterior View2012 Ford Flex2012 Buick Enclave2012 Buick Enclave2012 Chrysler Town & Country2012 Chrysler Town & Country2012 Honda Pilot 2WD 4-door EX-L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Honda Pilot2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
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One of our top-rated vehicles, the 2012 Ford Flex has real distinction, along with top-shelf turbo power, great seats and great features.
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One of the most user-friendly, luxurious, and distinctive crossovers available, the 2012 Buick Enclave is some of GM's best styling work.
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The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country isn't substantially different from the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.
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Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012.
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An impressive performer both on and off-road, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has the broadest reach of any luxury SUV we know.
MSRP From    
$29,465Browse Used Listings$36,500Browse Used Listings$29,995Browse Used Listings$28,620Browse Used Listings$60,045Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6Gas V8
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door Base4-Door Wagon Touring2WD 4-Door LX4WD 4-Door HSE LUX
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/CommandShift
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