Compare 2015 Ford Flex vs 2016 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2016 Toyota Highlander

2015 Ford Flex
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2016 Nissan Pathfinder
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2016 Toyota Highlander
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4-Door Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD 17 23 $36,975 $39,650
Flex 4-Door Limited AWD w/EcoBoost 16 23 $39,538 $42,400
Flex 4-Door Limited FWD 18 25 $35,155 $37,700
Flex 4-Door SE FWD 18 25 $27,427 $29,100
Flex 4-Door SEL AWD 17 23 $31,753 $34,050
Flex 4-Door SEL FWD 18 25 $29,933 $32,100
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2WD 4-Door Platinum
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door Platinum 20 27 $38,663 $41,610
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door S 20 27 $27,731 $29,830
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SL 20 27 $33,837 $36,410
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SV 20 27 $30,812 $33,150
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door Platinum 19 26 $40,231 $43,300
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door S 19 26 $29,300 $31,520
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SL 19 26 $35,405 $38,100
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SV 19 26 $32,380 $34,840
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AWD 4-Door V6 LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 LE 18 24 $30,563 $33,475
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 LE Plus 18 24 $32,736 $35,855
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $38,690 $42,375
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 Limited Platinum 18 24 $41,077 $44,990
Highlander AWD 4-Door V6 XLE 18 24 $35,403 $38,775
Highlander FWD 4-Door I4 LE 20 25 $27,837 $30,490
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 LE 19 25 $29,229 $32,015
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 LE Plus 19 25 $31,403 $34,395
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 19 25 $37,356 $40,915
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 Limited Platinum 19 25 $39,744 $43,530
Highlander FWD 4-Door V6 XLE 19 25 $34,069 $37,315
Highlander Hybrid AWD 4-Door Limited 27 28 $43,705 $47,870
Highlander Hybrid AWD 4-Door Limited Platinum 27 28 $46,094 $50,485
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,975
$38,663
$30,563
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,650
$41,610
$33,475
Monthly Payment Estimate
$661 / month
$694 / month
$558 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you're looking to make a statement while you shuffle the kids around, it's hard to beat the 2015 Ford Flex. The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder lacks sporty or off-road intentions, instead offering space for seven in a composed, quiet environment. The 2016 Toyota Highlander isn't all that exciting to look at or to drive, but it's very versatile and handsome enough to be a great minivan alternative.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 20 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 27 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 57.1 55
Second Leg Room (in)
44.3 41.7 38.4
Front Head Room (in)
41.8 41.1 40.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55 56.1 57.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
155.8 157.8 144.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 60.7 59.3
Third Leg Room (in)
33.3 30.7 27.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 38.5 39.9
Third Hip Room (in)
41.1 42 45.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 60.4 59.6
Passenger Capacity
7 7 8
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 42.3 44.2
Third Head Room (in)
38.7 36.5 35.9
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 56.8 57.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65.4 65.7 64.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 7 8
Wheelbase (in)
117.9 114.2 109.8
Height, Overall (in)
68 69.6 68.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.4 65.7 64.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.9 77.2 75.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
20 16 13.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.2 47.8 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
83.2 79.8 83.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- 19.8 13.8
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 31.4 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 51.1 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 45.9 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 78.9 -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.6 12.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 12.1 12.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19 19.5 19.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 38.7 38.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR19 P235/55SR20 P245/60SR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55HR19 P235/55SR20 P245/60SR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 5000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 5000 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4637 4345 4398
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 20 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 20 X 7.5 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 150 130
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 4000 240 @ 4400 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
998 NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.5 L/213 3.5 L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
287 @ 6500 260 @ 6400 270 @ 6200
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 20 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 27 24
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 - 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 2.41 - 0.38 3.30
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 5.25 4.15
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 - 1.42
Trans Type
6 1 6
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 1.77 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 - 1.90
Trans Order Code
44J NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 - 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Flex Nissan Pathfinder Toyota Highlander
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 7.6 8.8
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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