Compare 2017 Ford Flex vs 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Ford Flex
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2017 Nissan Pathfinder
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2017 Toyota Highlander
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Select style
Limited AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Flex Limited AWD 16 22 $38,372 $40,180
Flex Limited EcoBoost AWD 15 21 $41,093 $43,030
Flex Limited FWD 16 23 $36,509 $38,230
Flex SE FWD 16 23 $28,974 $30,025
Flex SEL AWD 16 22 $33,119 $34,680
Flex SEL FWD 16 23 $31,257 $32,730
Select style
4x4 Platinum
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 4x4 Platinum 19 26 $40,658 $43,760
Pathfinder 4x4 S 19 26 $29,726 $31,980
Pathfinder 4x4 SL 19 26 $35,118 $37,790
Pathfinder 4x4 SV 19 26 $32,223 $34,670
Pathfinder FWD Platinum 20 27 $39,089 $42,070
Pathfinder FWD S 20 27 $28,158 $30,290
Pathfinder FWD SL 20 27 $33,550 $36,100
Pathfinder FWD SV 20 27 $30,654 $32,980
Select style
Hybrid LE V6 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE V6 AWD 30 28 $33,114 $36,270
Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum V6 AWD 29 27 $43,715 $47,880
Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD 29 27 $40,866 $44,760
Highlander Hybrid XLE V6 AWD 29 27 $37,735 $41,330
Highlander LE I4 FWD 20 24 $27,965 $30,630
Highlander LE Plus V6 AWD 20 27 $33,343 $36,520
Highlander LE Plus V6 FWD 21 27 $32,010 $35,060
Highlander LE V6 AWD 19 26 $31,170 $34,140
Highlander LE V6 FWD 20 27 $29,837 $32,680
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 AWD 20 26 $42,236 $46,260
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 FWD 21 27 $40,903 $44,800
Highlander Limited V6 AWD 20 26 $39,387 $43,140
Highlander Limited V6 FWD 21 27 $38,054 $41,680
Highlander SE V6 AWD 20 26 $37,571 $41,150
Highlander SE V6 FWD 21 27 $36,237 $39,690
Highlander XLE V6 AWD 20 26 $36,503 $39,980
Highlander XLE V6 FWD 21 27 $35,169 $38,520
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,372
$40,658
$33,114
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,180
$43,760
$36,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$670 / month
$729 / month
$605 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.2
7.0
7.0
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 Nissan Pathfinder offers good space for seven in a composed, quiet environment and it manages a some decent capability for off-road duty and towing. The Toyota Highlander gets a stronger, more responsive powertrain for 2017, but the main strengths are the ride quality, the cabin refinement, and the space for eight.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 19 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
33.3 30.7 26.7
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
Passenger Volume (ft³)
155.8 120 144.9
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
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 57.1 55
Second Leg Room (in)
44.3 41.7 38.4
Passenger Capacity
7 7 8
Front Head Room (in)
41.8 41.1 40.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55 56.1 57.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 60.7 59.3
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
20 16 13.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- 78.9 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- 19.8 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- 31.4 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- 51.1 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- 45.9 -
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 19.5 17.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.7 38.7 38.7
Tires
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 P235/55HR20 P245/60TR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55HR19 P235/55HR20 P245/60TR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 600 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 6000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 6000 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 6000 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 600 350
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4637 4660 4825
Wheels
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
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
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 150 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - -
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 4000 259 @ 4800 215 @ 4800
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 284 @ 6400 306 @ 5800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas/Electric V-6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 (Est) 19 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 (Est) 21 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 (Est) 26 28
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 2.41 - 0.38 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 5.25 3.54
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 - -
Trans Type
6 1 1
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.31 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 - -
Trans Order Code
44J NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 - -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD CVT w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Flex Nissan Pathfinder Toyota Highlander
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 (Est) 8.4 6.0
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
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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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