2011 Ford Flex vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2011 Ford Flex does so much so well, it attracts plenty of rivals.

The Buick Enclave nearly hits the mark with a curvaceous charm, but its V-6 is throatier and its dash isn’t quite as well-fitted as that in the Flex.

The Honda Pilot used to be a family no-brainer, but the latest version ditches the glassy, anonymous look for a trucky take on utility that’s off-note—and covered inside with hard, unattractive plastic.

The Flex has a functional nemesis in the Chrysler Town & Country; the Flex oozes sophistication and comfort, but the Chrysler minivan’s sliding side doors and airy cabin are worth considering, at thousands less.

And if you’re contemplating the $55,000 sticker on a Flex Platinum, you may as well cross-shop a Range Rover Sport.

It’s nowhere near as convenient, but the swagger’s all there—right alongside dodgy reliability.

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Quick Specs
A singular look, along with top-shelf turbo power and features, earns the 2011 Ford Flex our top score among utility vehicles.
The 2011 Buick Enclave no longer feels fresh, but it's still one of the most luxurious, passenger-friendly, and uniquely American family crossover wagons.
If you can get past the garish grille and overwrought look, the 2011 Honda Pilot is a fine family vehicle, with minivan-like interior space and decent performance.
The 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers impressive performance and features, whether on-road or off.
With innovative features, families that need spaciousness and practicality should look at the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country—with plenty of entertainment and storage features, the only real downside is the isolated drive and some cheap-looking plastics on the inside.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class    
FWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Minivan
Style Name    
4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door CX2WD 4-Door LX4WD 4-Door HSE4-Door Wagon LX *Ltd Avail*
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door Sport Utility4 Door4 Door
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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