The Ford Flex is a vehicle that proved popular with a lot of drivers, but it wasn't popular enough to keep Ford from eventually discontinuing it. The idea of a modern-day SUV that looks like something of a crossover between a traditional SUV and a station wagon is unique, there's no doubt about that. This is a vehicle that came out years ago and enjoyed a somewhat tumultuous introduction. As a matter of fact, there was talk of canceling the project barely a year into its production. Through a couple of different resurrections and redesigns, it survived until the 2019 model year. If you're a particular fan of the vehicle and you're looking for something similar to it, you should be happy to know that there are actually a number of other vehicles out there that are comparable in both design and performance. As a matter of fact, here are 10 vehicles that are quite close to the Ford Flex. Just in case you're curious, they're rated from number 10 to number one, but your personal favorite might fall somewhere else on this list. The point is, these 10 cars give you an option to choose something different if you really love the Ford Flex and you're itching to get your hands on something that is as close to it as possible.
10. Volkswagen Atlas
Despite the fact that Volkswagen is typically known for producing relatively small vehicles, this particular SUV is anything but small. It’s capable of producing roughly 276 horsepower and it can tow anywhere between 2,000 and 5,000 pounds, depending on the engine combination that you choose. It has comparable mileage to the Ford Flex, getting roughly 25 miles per gallon. It's even in a similar price range, with the base model costing just over $35,000.
9. Lexus GX
If you're looking for a luxury SUV that can give you a bit of an upgrade on comfort and style, you might want to consider this particular vehicle. There's no doubt about it, it will cost you more than the Ford Flex. As a matter of fact, the base model starts at just over $56,000. That being said, it also offers the ultimate level of comfort and every form of modern day technology that you could possibly imagine. It's also capable of easily towing more than 6,000 pounds, something that relatively few SUVs can do without a marked drop in performance.
8. Toyota Sequoia
When you're talking about large SUVs, this is one that probably comes to mind before most others. It has a rather imposing appearance, to say the least. It also has a very big engine, with a 5.7 liter V8 under the hood. This gives it more than enough power to tow virtually anything you want and it is still capable of comfortably seating up to eight individuals.
7. Audi Q7
Again, it really shouldn't be any surprise that an SUV made by Audi is one that is both stylish and luxurious. It's also a solid performer. This particular example seats seven people comfortably, includes every bell and whistle that you can imagine and its most indulgent version is capable of producing roughly 248 horsepower. It's also worth noting that where the Toyota Sequoia can scarcely pass a gas station, getting only 17 miles to the gallon, this one gets 25 miles per gallon.
6. Cadillac XT6
This is a luxury SUV that actually looks more like a minivan than it does an SUV. However, people that love the Ford Flex probably won't be bothered by that fact. If you're looking for something that will allow you to travel in style and get decent gas mileage, you're in luck. It certainly doesn't lack for style and it gets approximately 21 miles per gallon. However, it's only capable of towing roughly 1,000 pounds despite the fact that it can produce 310 horsepower. Therefore, it may not be your best choice if you're towing a heavy trailer.
This is a large SUV that seems to have it all. It gets 26 miles to the gallon, generates almost 300 horsepower and is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. When compared to the aforementioned Cadillac XT6, which is only capable of towing 1,000 pounds, there really is no contest here.
4. Buick Enclave
Again, this is a large SUV where the specifications are very similar to so many others that are currently on the market. It’s capable of producing 310 horsepower, it gets 26 miles to the gallon and it can tow about 5,000 pounds with relative ease. The difference is that it looks more aerodynamic than most of the other SUVs out there and it's definitely luxurious. As a matter of fact, it's one of Buick’s flagship automobiles, so if you're willing to shell out the roughly $56,000 it costs to get one of these, you can tow and haul in style.
3. Honda Pilot
This is a much smaller SUV than many of the others on this list, although it was designed to directly compete with the Volkswagen Atlas. In its purest form, it is a three-row crossover that is capable of being just as comfortable while off-roading as it is while towing your boat. It gets excellent gas mileage and has a decent amount of horsepower, although you're definitely going to feel it when you're towing something heavy up a hill.
2. Chevrolet Traverse
Most people are quite familiar with the Chevrolet Traverse, as it's one of the most popular SUVs currently on the market. Like many of the others from Toyota and Honda, it's definitely one of the larger vehicles out there. Despite that fact, it gets decent gas mileage at roughly 27 miles per gallon. It's also capable of seating seven people comfortably and towing up to 5,000 pounds.
1. Toyota Highlander
The Toyota Highlander has been popular for a number of years and its most recent incarnation gives it a more aerodynamic design that doesn't look as boxy as its predecessor. It lands in the number one slot on this particular list because it's functional, stylish and powerful enough to get the job done without making you feel like you're riding in a covered wagon that’s beating you half to death every time you get in it. It's capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds, going just over 27 miles per gallon and seating eight people without making you feel like you're crammed into it. That fact alone is enough to make most people interested in at least thinking about purchasing one.
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