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2019 Ford Flex 2018 Ford Explorer Versus

2019 Ford Flex

vs.

2018 Ford Explorer

3.5L Ti-VCT V6

Engine

3.5L Ti-VCT V6
16 city / 23 hwy

Fuel Economy

17 city / 24 hwy
287 hp / 254 lb-ft

Horsepower / Torque

290 hp / 255 lb-ft
83.2 cu. ft.

Max Cargo Volume

81.7 cu. ft.

Serving Hinesville, Fort Stewart, and Jesup, GA

For many, a compact or mid-size SUV or crossover simply won't do. For shuttling the entire family around town or around the country, one needs plenty of interior space and a generous amount of cargo area volume. Both the Ford Flex and Ford Explorer meet these requirements. Let's delve deeper into the Flex vs Explorer specs.

Roomy Interior

Both the 2019 Ford Flex and 2018 Ford Explorer will please anyone who needs an interior that seats the whole family comfortably. The Explorer is a bit more refined, but the Flex holds its own in terms of headroom and legroom.


Specifically, the pros of both vehicle interiors are:

  • Easy entry and exit
  • Lots of headroom in all three rows of seating
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Superior outward visibility
  • AdvanceTrac With Roll Stability Control
  • Terrain Management System in Explorer

The 2019 Ford Flex’s huge doors swing wide, making for easy entry and exit. The 2018 Ford Explorer is also designed for easy entry, with doors that are tall and centered properly as aligned with the second-row seating area. Both vehicles boast a good deal of headroom, and the Flex even beats out the Explorer when it comes to third-row elbow room. Both vehicles can accommodate large and bulky items when the third row of seats is folded. Outward visibility is superb, especially on the Flex.

Powertrain And Performance

Both the 2019 Ford Flex and 2018 Ford Explorer come with the choice of two engines.


Both models can be purchased with front- or all-wheel drive. The Flex offers:

  • A standard V6 rated at 287 horsepower
  • An optional turbocharged V6 that produces 365 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive as an option on the SEL and Limited trims

The 2018 Ford Explorer comes with:

  • A standard V6 engine rated at 290 horsepower
  • An optional turbocharged V6 that delivers 365 horsepower
  • Standard all-wheel drive on the Sport and Platinum trims

The powertrains are therefore similar on both models, but the relatively light weight of the Explorer results in better overall acceleration. However, the Flex, although not known for its overall performance, actually outshines the Explorer when it comes to braking. The Flex goes from 60 mph to a full stop in just 120 feet, more than respectable for this vehicle class.

Package Options


Both the 2019 Flex and 2018 are eligible for one or more package upgrades. These add on:

  • A power liftgate
  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Leather upholstery
  • Adaptive cruise control

It's important to review the trim specs closely because these packages differ somewhat between the Flex and Explorer. For example, the Flex doesn't come with standard rear cross-traffic alert on any trim except the Limited. The Explorer offers this and other driver alert features as part of an options package available across the entire trim lineup.


JC Lewis Ford Hinesville is your trusted dealer for buying and leasing Ford SUVs at great prices. Come to our dealership and hop inside the 2019 Flex and 2018 Explorer for test drives!

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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