If you’re entering the market for a new SUV, then you understand firsthand how challenging it can be to pick out the perfect one. Once you’ve narrowed it down to the specific brand you’re interested in, it’s still difficult to decide on the exact model. That’s where we come in! Our team here at Western Slope Auto is comparing the 2017 Ford Flex to the 2017 Ford Explorer to give drivers a detailed understanding of what each one has to offer.
To start, drivers will notice the vehicles have a similar starting price point. Both offer seating for seven, and each one is equipped with 3.5L V-6 engines paired with six-speed automatic transmissions. We’re going to dive in and highlight more of the details for you below:
How does the Ford Flex compare to the Ford Explorer?
|2017 Ford Flex SE FWD||vs.||2017 Ford Explorer Base FWD|
|16 city/23 hwy||MPG||17 city/24 hwy|
|2,000 lbs.||Maximum Trailering Capacity||2,000 lbs.|
|40.8/44.3/33.3 inches||Legroom (front/middle/rear)||42.9/39.5/32 inches|
|Standard||Heated Exterior Mirrors||Not available|
As we can see from the chart above, the Flex and the Explorer have quite a few similarities. The Explorer is slightly more efficient and pumps out more horsepower than the Flex. However, the Flex comes out on top when it comes to providing legroom and comfort for the driver and passengers.
Overall, the Flex has 155.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, whereas the Explorer has 151.7 cubic feet. This directly reflects on the available cargo space. Drivers will find 20 cubic feet behind the third row of the Flex, 43.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 83.2 cubic feet behind the first row. Those with the Explorer will have 21 cubic feet behind the third row, 43.8 cubic feet behind the second row and 80.7 cubic feet behind the first row.
Both vehicles are set standard with the following features: CD player, cruise control, keyless entry, automatic headlights, backup camera and Bluetooth connection. The Flex comes out on top with a standard rear parking aid, leather steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror and security system, which are not available on the Base model of the Explorer.