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.
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|2012 Ford FlexBrowse Used Listings||2012 Buick EnclaveBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chrysler Town & CountryBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda PilotBrowse Used Listings||2012 Land Rover Range Rover SportBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V8|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Minivan||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|4-Door SE FWD||FWD 4-Door Base||4-Door Wagon Touring||2WD 4-Door LX||4WD 4-Door HSE LUX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/CommandShift|