2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Why Not the Flex?
September 28, 2011
When I was driving the Explorer over the weekend, I kept thinking why not just buy the Flex?
The Flex is considered a wagon, but we all know that it is much taller and more spacious. Now that the Explorer is more of a crossover than an SUV, it is not as tall as it used to be. So why is Ford producing both vehicles?
Here are some specs for comparison:
|2012 Ford Flex||2012 Ford Explorer|
|Front head room||41.8 in.||41.4 in.|
|Front hip room||55.5 in.||57.3 in.|
|Front leg room||40.8 in.||40.6 in.|
|Front shoulder room||58.4 in.||61.3 in.|
|Rear hip Room||55.0 in.||56.7 in.|
|Rear head room||40.5 in.||40.5 in.|
|Rear leg room||44.3 in.||39.8 in.|
|Rear shoulder room||58.1 in.||61.0 in.|
|Width||75.9 in.||78.9 in.|
|Height||68.0 in.||70.4 in.|
|Length||201.8 in.||197.1 in.|
|Wheel base||117.9 in.||112.6 in.|
|Cargo capacity, all seats in place||20.0 cu.ft.||21.0 cu.ft.|
|Maximum cargo capacity||83.2 cu.ft.||80.7 cu.ft.|
|Maximum towing capacity||4,500 lbs.||5,000 lbs.|
|Curb weight||4,471 lbs.||4,557 lbs.|
These seven-seaters seem to serve the same purpose. Which would you rather drive?
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor