2019 Ford Flex vs. Its Competition

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Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Most shoppers looking for three rows of seats only consider high-riding crossovers and SUVs.

The Honda Pilot gained a new look and standard active safety tech this year, worthwhile upgrades to what was already one of our favorites.

New to the crowd this year is the Subaru Ascent, which is well-priced, well-packaged, and well worth your time.

For sportier moms and dads, the Dodge Durango has balanced handling and the option of ferocious underhood muscle.

The Chrysler Pacifica does most minivan things just right, for those who can get over the outdated minivan stigma.

Finally, the Mazda CX-9 matches the Flex’s verve and is a good choice for families less interested in maximum passenger-carrying capacity.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Ford Flex was a brilliant design in 2009, but it’s showing its age.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is a safe pick for families with versatile seating, a spacious cargo area, and relatively good fuel economy.
The muscle-SUV 2019 Dodge Durango offers engaging handling and powerful engines, but it's falling behind in terms of safety.
Subtle upgrades make the 2019 Honda Pilot a must-see for three-row crossover shoppers.
The 2019 Mazda CX-9 delivers heavily on style, but it’s just adequate in other respects.
The 2019 Subaru Ascent isn’t another quirky hatchback-wagon-crossover thing—it’s a mainstream hit and Subaru will be better for it.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Standard SUV 2WDMinivans 2WDN/ASmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WD
Style Name     
SE FWDL FWDSXT Plus RWDLX 2WDSport FWD2.4T 8-Passenger
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilityPassenger VanSport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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