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User Ranking Drivers and owners ranked these cars in 9 categories.

New Car Pricing New listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Ford Explorer
AWD
MSRP
$34,290
Invoice
$33,090
Average Price Paid
$32,571
907 listings nationwide

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2018 Ford Flex
Limited
MSRP
$38,495
Invoice
$36,763
Average Price Paid
$36,005
310 listings nationwide

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Pricing Analysis Price analysis based on recent sales data applied to current trim without options.

2018 Ford Explorer
AWD
Fair Price
$33,165
Good Price
$31,860
Great Price
$31,114
2018 Ford Flex
Limited
Fair Price
$36,561
Good Price
$35,160
Great Price
$34,358

Used Car Pricing Used listing price comparison and analysis.

2018 Ford Explorer
AWD
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$32,675
1 listings nationwide

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2018 Ford Flex
Limited
CarGurus Instant Market Value
$40,864
123 listings nationwide

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Expert Reviews Reviews from CarGurus experts.

2018 Ford Explorer
AWD
Rob Feeman Preview:

Well into its fifth generation, which debuted in 2011, the Ford Explorer midsize SUV receives some minor updating for 2018, in an effort to keep it going strong until the next generati...

2018 Ford Flex
Limited
William Maley Preview:

Automakers typically redesign their models every four to five years to stay fresh in the marketplace. The boxy Ford Flex crossover, however, is an outlier—it hasn’t been redesigned sin...

User Reviews Reviews from CarGurus users who have driven or owned the car.

2018 Ford Explorer
AWD
50
writes:
Great handling, power, and room for family and cargo
Looks/Style Ranked 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe worse.
"Has better sleeker lines"
Back Seats Ranked 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe better.
"More room due to size of vehicle"
2018 Ford Flex
Limited
10
writes:
Ford is crazy to even consider ceasing production. Meets very specific needs and Ecoboost is FAST.
Handling Ranked 2018 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite FWD worse.
"It is a better design."
Family Car Ranked 2018 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite FWD worse.
"Drive one and you will see"

Specs

2018 Ford Explorer
AWD
2018 Ford Flex
Limited
Powertrain 6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
AWD
AWD
FWD
Fuel Economy, City
16 MPG
18 MPG
16 MPG
Fuel Economy, Highway
22 MPG
25 MPG
23 MPG
Fuel Tank Volume 18.6 gal 18.6 gal
Engine
Fuel Type
Gasoline
Gasoline
Gasoline
Power
290 hp @ 6,500 RPM
--
287 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Torque
255 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
--
254 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM
Cylinders
6 cylinders
4 cylinders
6 cylinders
Compression Ratio
10.8:1
9.5:1
10.8:1
Displacement
3,500 cc
2,300 cc
3,500 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.64 in x 3.41 in
3.44 in x 3.7 in
3.64 in x 3.41 in
Safety
ABS Brakes Standard Standard
Driver Airbag Standard Standard
Passenger Airbag Standard Standard
Front Side Airbags Standard Standard
Curtain Airbags Standard Standard
NHTSA Crash Test Results
Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Overall 5 stars --
Front Crash Driver 4 stars --
Front Crash Passenger 5 stars --
Side Crash Overall 5 stars --
Side Barrier Driver 5 stars --
Side Barrier Passenger 5 stars --
Side Pole Driver 5 stars --
Comfort and Convenience
Air Conditioning Standard Standard
CD Player -- Standard
Radio Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Driver Power Seats Standard Standard
Passenger Power Seats -- Standard
Interior
Maximum Seating 7 seats 7 seats
Front Legroom 42.9 in 42.6 in
Back Legroom 39.5 in 44.3 in
Payload and Towing
Cargo Volume 21 cu ft 20 cu ft
Maximum Payload 1,531 lbs 1,531 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 4,500 lbs
Exterior
Length 198.3 in 201.8 in
Width 90.2 in 88.8 in
Height 71 in 68 in
Wheelbase 112.8 in 117.9 in

Available Options

2018 Ford Explorer
AWD

Exterior Colors

  • Blue Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Shadow Black

Option Packages

  • Engine: 2.3L I-4 Ecoboost
  • Running Boards - Black
  • Class III Trailer Tow Package
2018 Ford Flex
Limited

Exterior Colors

  • Blue Metallic
  • Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Shadow Black
  • White Gold Metallic
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

Option Packages

  • Appearance Package
  • Equipment Group 301A
  • Perforated Leather Second-Row Heated Reclining Seats
  • Multi-Panel Vista Roof
  • Class III Trailer Tow Package
  • Wheels: 20" Polished Aluminum

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