The 2013 Ford Flex remains the Acadia's most direct competitor--if you don't count its Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave stablemates.
Compared to the Acadia, the boxy Flex is a little more bold and daring on the outside, and it offers the MyFord Touch system, which is a step more advanced than the new infotainment in the Acadia, but more complex and confusing as well.
The Flex does make better use of interior space, however.
The Mazda CX-9 is another rival--and one we recommend for its excellent driving manners and sporty styling.
A refreshed CX-9 is due later this fall.
The Toyota Highlander has the least appealing handling of the bunch, but a vast interior, a flexible second-row seat with a hideaway cushion, and a companion hybrid model give it appeal.
There's also the Honda Pilot, which has a roomy cabin and better visibility than most crossovers.
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