Compare the 2019 Ford Flex vs 2018 Ford Explorer

Krieger Ford Columbus OH
Krieger Ford Columbus OH



2019 Ford Flex


2018 Ford Explorer

16 city / 23 hwy

Fuel Economy

17 city / 24 hwy
287 hp


290 hp
254 lb-ft


255 lb-ft

Serving Columbus, Westerville, and Gahanna, OH

Ford's new SUV lineup will appeal to a wide range of different drivers. If you have a big family, the three-row Ford Flex is destined to catch your eye. You'll love its retro styling, spacious cabin, and impressive list of high-tech features. While the 2018 Ford Flex proves to be a great pick, the 2018 Ford Explorer brings just as many great qualities to the table. Let's see how these two SUVs compare to each other.


The 2018 Ford Flex gives you two powerful V6 engines to choose from. While the standard engine pumps out 287 horsepower, the optional 3.5L EcoBoost engine develops an especially potent 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. These same two engines are available for the 2018 Ford Explorer. However, drivers seeking enhanced fuel economy can opt for the Explorer's EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive is available on both SUVs. However, higher ground clearance and Ford's Terrain Management System make the Explorer a better option for off-road adventures. When it comes to trailering capabilities, the Explorer's 5,000-pound towing capacity gives it just a slight advantage over the Flex. Ford rates the Flex to tow up to 4,500 pounds, which is excellent for a crossover.


Like the 2018 Ford Flex, the 2018 Ford Explorer can comfortably accommodate up to seven passengers. This is a key benefit for the families who need extra room. You'll also have a lot of cargo space in the back. In terms of features, both SUVs pack a lot of standard equipment. While a backup camera helps driver to maneuver in tight spots, Sync voice controls enable you to keep your hands free. There are some worthy upgrades available as well. Designed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Ford's high-resolution Sync 3 infotainment system seamlessly links to your smartphone. Meanwhile, available ventilated seats reward you with enhanced comfort on the road. A powerful Sony sound system is also available.


Regardless of which SUV you choose, you can look forward to experiencing a safe ride. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control comes standard. This safety technology helps you to maintain the maximum control on all driving surfaces. You also have access to several other driver-assist technologies. Active Park Assist makes parallel parking a lot easier. On the other hand, Ford's Blind Spot Information system takes the stress out of switching lanes on the highway. Some of the other available safety technologies include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alert.


Some people will ultimately have a hard time choosing between the 2019 Ford Flex and the 2018 Ford Explorer. To find out which SUV fits your family the best, contact our Krieger Ford dealer to request 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.