2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test


2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: Why Not the Flex?

September 28, 2011

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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

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 Ford Explorer in VA is:

$134 per month*
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