2018 Ford Flex vs. Its Competition

2018 Ford Flex
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

If the crossover is the alternative to the minivan, then consider the Ford Flex to be the alternative to the alternative—if that makes sense.

We like the Chrysler Pacifica, and would recommend the minivan in nearly every circumstance, except if you can't live with yourself living with sliding doors.

The Range Rover Sport and Acura MDX are much more upscale offerings—with a similar upscale price to match.

The Buick Enclave is among our favorites for its refinement, and it’s new this year.

Finally, the Honda Pilot is an exceptional three-row family crossover, and can swallow as much cargo as the Flex, but doesn't share the same exterior flair.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Ford Flex still stamps a unique silhouette on the crossover world.
The 2018 Acura MDX should be atop many lists for luxury buyers looking for spacious family crossovers. Others may do bits and pieces better, but the MDX offers a complete—and well-considered package.
The 2018 Buick Enclave hones its appeal with beautiful style, much-improved handling, and no-nonsense technology.
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a winner, combining our favorite minivan with a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain and useful 33-mile electric range
The 2018 Honda Pilot ranks among the very best three-row crossover SUVs; it’s all about the packaging.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is near the top of the luxury SUV mountain—mostly because it can climb there without trouble.
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Gas Mileage     
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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     
SE FWDFWDFWD 4-DoorL FWDLX 2WDV6 Supercharged SE
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility VehiclePassenger VanSport UtilitySport Utility
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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