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Compare the 2019 Ford Flex vs 2018 Ford Explorer

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2019 Ford Flex 2018 Ford Explorer Versus

2019 Ford Flex


2018 Ford Explorer

3.5L Ti-VCT V6


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 Statesboro, Swainsboro, and Metter, GA

Ford’s 2018 SUV lineup gives you several exciting models to choose from. If you have a big family, the 2019 Ford Flex deserves some serious consideration. While the three-row crossover’s retro styling is a key attraction, its spacious interior design is just as impressive. Drivers seeking a more rugged SUV should check out the 2018 Ford Explorer. When traveling off the beaten path, the Explorer’s higher ground clearance and Terrain Management System will come in handy. Let’s take a closer look at how these two SUVs compare.


  • Flex: 287 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque
  • Flex: 4,500-pound towing
  • Explorer: 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque
  • Explorer: 5,000-pound towing

Like the Flex, the Explorer comes standard with a 3.5-liter, Ti-VCT V6 engine. As expected, you’ll experience a similar level of performance. While both SUVs offer a 365-horsepower EcoBoost engine as an option, only the Explorer can be equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. An available tow package further enhances the Flex’s versatility. You’ll be able to confidently pull small campers and boats. However, the Explorer’s towing capacity is even higher. These SUVs promise to offer confidence-inspiring handling on the road. Expect the Flex to offer more control than the typical three-row SUV. Featuring a sports-calibrated suspension, the Explorer Sport is an especially athletic performer.

Interior and Features

  • Flex: passenger volume 155.8 cubic feet
  • Explorer: passenger volume 151.7 cubic feet
  • Sync 3 infotainment system
  • Sony premium sound system

Both of these SUVs can comfortably accommodate up to seven people. However, the Flex does offer the most passenger room. There’s a similar amount of cargo space behind the third row. Available on both SUVs, Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system has garnered rave reviews from the automotive community. Not only will you benefit from an 8.0-inch touch screen, but you’ll also enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. If you’re a serious music fan, the 12-speaker Sony sound promises to keep you entertained. A 500-watt amplifier allows you to really crank up the volume.

Package Options

Both the 2019 Flex vs 2018 Explorer include the following safety features:

  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Active Park Assist
  • Forward Collision Warning

Whether you choose the Flex or the Explorer, you’ll benefit from AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. This technology gives you greater confidence when making fast driving maneuvers. Active Park Assist is a feature that simplifies the task of parallel parking. It automatically steers you into a parking space. Forward collision warning keeps you prepared for the obstacles that may lie ahead. Aside from offering this popular driver-assist technology, these SUVs can also be equipped with innovations such as blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.

The 2019 Ford Flex and the 2018 Ford Explorer prove to be great family vehicles. To obtain a real-world comparison of these two SUVs, contact J.C. Lewis Ford Statesboro today to schedule a test drive!

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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