The CX-9 can trace its roots to the Ford Edge, but the Edge is a bit shorter and only offers two rows of seating.
The Ford Flex, on the other hand, makes a strong design statement like the CX-9, along with three rows of seating.
Compared to the 2012 CX-9, the Flex isn't as responsive in its base form, but the Ford offers a higher-power EcoBoost version that's actually quicker.
Also of interest for those who want to go boxy, not rakish, is the Honda Pilot, which has an especially roomy, useful interior and drives better than its tall stance might suggest.
Those looking for a performance-oriented crossover should also consider the Infiniti FX37, which sacrifices a lot more space and usability but drives like a tall, muscular sport sedan.
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