2016 Ford Flex vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Ford Flex is a minivan alternative, and its excellent interior knocks most of its competitors out the water.

The Lincoln MKT is related to the Flex, but wears silkier styling that makes it feel a little less hip.

The Honda Pilot's been completely reworked this year and it's an instant Flex rival, with great looks and abundant tech and safety features to go with its eight-passenger cabin.

Its upscale twin, the Acura MDX, is just a little more finely finished (and expensive).

The Buick Enclave is comfortable and curvaceous, but still doesn't quite feel as luxurious as the Ford.

The Range Rover Sport may seem out of place here, but for styling's sake, it's worth considering.

Finally, there's the Chrysler Town & Country, which offers legitimate practicality in an unmatched capacity.

But, you have to fess up to minivan ownership with this one, which might be reason enough to buy the Flex.

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Quick Specs
The 2016 Ford Flex remains a singularly boxy and handsome SUV, with excellent interior room and safety scores.
The 2016 Acura MDX remains one of the best luxury three-row SUVs, but the benefits of its new nine-speed automatic are unclear.
The Enclave is a smooth, comfortable vehicle suitable for large families.
The 2016 Chrysler Town & Country piles a lavish amount of equipment and luxury touches into an aging body that suffers in the toughest crash tests.
The 2016 Honda Pilot has axed its hard edges: it's once again a smooth, capable family wagon, one that raises the bar for refinement.
The 2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport adds two new dimensions to its performance profile: a turbodiesel V-6 and a supercharged HST edition.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Standard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleMinivans 2WDSmall SUV 2WDN/A
Style Name     
4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door Convenience4-Door Wagon LX2WD 4-Door LX4WD 4-Door V6 SE
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility VehicleLWB Passenger VanSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticMulti-Speed Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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