2010 Ford Flex vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Honda Pilot, probably the most direct rival to the Flex, was redesigned last year, gaining a large, controversial grille to go with much thicker styling.

But the Pilot, in the opinion of TheCarConnection.com, has a cluttered interior with too much plastic.

The Chevrolet Traverse is a great alternative, but it feels bigger than the Flex and there isn't quite as much vertical space in the cabin.

The Traverse also suffers from a hesitant transmission.

The plush, quiet Hyundai Veracruz is a softer-styled alternative to the Flex; it offers good V-6 power and third-row seating, but it's certainly not as distinctive.

Finally, we throw in a minivan for good measure; the Nissan Quest is by far the most stylish of them.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Ford Flex is one of the most stylish new crossovers on the market, with great passenger room and enough features to make everyone happy.
The minivan buyer prizes space, flexibility and efficiency—and the 2011 Nissan Quest has taken steps back on all those fronts.
Strong, sturdy, and spacious, yet carlike in some ways, the 2010 Chevrolet Traverse offers a very appealing compromise.
If you can deal with its overwrought styling, the 2010 Honda Pilot is an excellent family vehicle, with the space and comfort of a minivan and good overall performance.
The 2010 Hyundai Veracruz doesn’t stand as a common-sense bargain like some of the brand’s other vehicles, but it’s spacious and comfortable.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivans2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utililty
Style Name    
4-Door SE FWD4-Door SFWD 4-Door LS2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door GLS
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorPassenger Van4 Door4 Door4 Door Sport Utility
AutomaticContinuously variable ratioAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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