Compare 2017 Ford Flex vs 2017 Acura MDX

2017 Ford Flex
2017 Acura MDX
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FWD SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD SE 16 23 $28,974 $30,025
FWD SEL 16 23 $31,257 $32,730
AWD SEL 16 22 $33,119 $34,680
FWD Limited 16 23 $36,509 $38,230
AWD Limited 16 22 $38,372 $40,180
AWD Limited EcoBoost 15 21 $41,093 $43,030
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FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 19 27 $41,352 $44,050
SH-AWD 18 26 $43,226 $46,050
FWD w/Technology Pkg 19 27 $45,484 $48,460
FWD w/Technology/Entertainment Pkg 19 27 $47,357 $50,460
SH-AWD w/Technology Pkg 18 26 $47,357 $50,460
SH-AWD Sport Hybrid w/Technology Pkg 26 27 $48,763 $51,960
SH-AWD w/Technology/Entertainment Pkg 18 26 $49,231 $52,460
FWD w/Advance Pkg 20 27 $51,143 $54,500
FWD w/Advance/Entertainment Pkg 20 27 $53,016 $56,500
SH-AWD w/Advance Pkg 19 26 $53,016 $56,500
SH-AWD Sport Hybrid w/Advance Pkg 26 27 $54,422 $58,000
SH-AWD w/Advance/Entertainment Pkg 19 26 $54,890 $58,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,974
$41,352
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,025
$44,050
Monthly Payment Estimate
$500 / month
$734 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.2
7.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Ford Flex is a spacious family hauler with a style all its own. It lacks the fuel economy of some of the competitors, but beauty doesn't come without effort. The 2017 Acura MDX is one of the best-driving, most technologically advanced three-row luxury crossovers, and a new Sport Hybrid model and active suspension should only add to that reputation.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55 57.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 61.1
Third Leg Room (in)
33.3 28.1
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 38.3
Third Hip Room (in)
41.1 40.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 59.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
155.8 132.7
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 41.4
Third Head Room (in)
38.7 35.6
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 57.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 54.7
Second Leg Room (in)
44.3 38.5
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Front Head Room (in)
41.8 38.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.6
Wheelbase (in)
117.9 111
Height, Overall (in)
68 67.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.4 66.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.9 77.8
Track Width, Front (in)
65.4 66.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.2 43.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
83.2 90.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
20 14.9
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 13
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.6
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 19.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 38.7
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/60TR17 P245/60HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/60TR17 P245/60HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4439 4001
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 130
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 4000 267 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
998 NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.5 L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
287 @ 6500 290 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 27
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.71
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 4.33
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.91
Trans Type
6 9
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.84
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.58
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.70
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Flex Acura MDX
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.2 8.0
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
--
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
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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