Compare 2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Ford Flex

2017 Toyota Highlander
2017 Ford Flex
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I4 FWD LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
I4 FWD LE 20 24 $27,965 $30,630
V6 FWD LE 20 27 $29,837 $32,680
V6 AWD LE 19 26 $31,170 $34,140
V6 FWD LE Plus 21 27 $32,010 $35,060
V6 AWD Hybrid LE 30 28 $33,114 $36,270
V6 AWD LE Plus 20 27 $33,343 $36,520
V6 FWD XLE 21 27 $35,169 $38,520
V6 FWD SE 21 27 $36,237 $39,690
V6 AWD XLE 20 26 $36,503 $39,980
V6 AWD SE 20 26 $37,571 $41,150
V6 AWD Hybrid XLE 29 27 $37,735 $41,330
V6 FWD Limited 21 27 $38,054 $41,680
V6 AWD Limited 20 26 $39,387 $43,140
V6 AWD Hybrid Limited 29 27 $40,866 $44,760
V6 FWD Limited Platinum 21 27 $40,903 $44,800
V6 AWD Limited Platinum 20 26 $42,236 $46,260
V6 AWD Hybrid Limited Platinum 29 27 $43,715 $47,880
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,965
$28,974
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,630
$30,025
Monthly Payment Estimate
$511 / month
$500 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
45.6 41.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.6 58.1
Front Leg Room (in)
44.2 40.8
Third Head Room (in)
35.9 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
144.9 155.8
Front Hip Room (in)
57.2 55.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
55 50.8
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 44.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 41.8
Second Hip Room (in)
57.1 55
Passenger Capacity
8 7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 58.4
Third Leg Room (in)
27.7 33.3
Second Head Room (in)
39.9 40.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.2 65.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.8 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
64.4 65.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8 5.9
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 117.9
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 68
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
83.7 83.2
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
13.8 20
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.3 43.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 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)
12.9 12.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 40.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60TR18 P235/60TR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60TR18 P235/60TR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 2000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
1500 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4165 4439
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 4200 254 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA 998
Displacement
2.7 L/163 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 5800 287 @ 6500
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 23
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 4.48
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.36 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.84
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.15 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA 44J
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Ford Flex
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 9.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 175
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
--
Rollover Rating
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