Modern-day SUVs have evolved into something truly beautiful, combining all the greatest features of mid-size sedans, compact cars and even full-size pick-up trucks without leaning too much towards maneuverability-efficiency or tons of horsepower/torque/towing might. They’re all about keeping it in the golden middle, and that’s why the market of SUVs today is one of the most popular ones in the automobile industry. That’s why we’ll talk about Ford Flex 2016 Vs Toyota Highlander 2016.
You know, it actually reminds me a lot of the way Madonna does a little bit of everything while still keeping true to the “rules” of pop music: she raps, she does country, she does rock’n’roll, but at the core it’s still pop music, you know? Now, getting back to cars, I want to point out that even though a full-size SUV or a compact crossover sure do have their advantages, right now the mid-sizers are ruling the show, offering folks a tiny bit of everything good that’s going on in the business right now (aha, just like the Pop Queen does).
However, picking your perfect vehicle might be something of an overwhelming task, because, let’s face it: if you’re not a professional dealer, a journalist/blogger (hey, that’s me!) or even if you don’t necessarily find cars attractive and only view them as means of transportation, you will quite simply not know which one to pick, because there are so many of them. When I first arrived at a big, “real” dealership, I was pretty much amazed with the line-up, I can tell you that much.
Passenger Comfort And Fun Come First – Always
But don’t you worry – this Ford Flex 2016 vs Toyota Highlander 2016 review will help you learn about all the good sides and all the bad sides of both models and even give you a few pointers on how to figure out what is it exactly that you want. I’ll say this upfront so that there’s no confusion: both SUVs are on top of their game right now and are more than capable of giving you that once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially if you’re looking for a solid family hauler.
So, at the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal needs/taste. Aha, you will have to make the final choice, not me, not the salesperson and not your neighbor – you. Alright, without further ado, let’s start digging in and see what we can find out about these mighty and good-looking studs. You ready for that Ford Flex 2016 vs Toyota Highlander 2016 rivalry, the clash of the titans? I hope you are, because we’re getting started!
Ok, first things first, when you’re in the market for a contemporary SUV, you gotta make sure that you and your family/friends will be comfortable in those front/back seats, otherwise, there’s no point in purchasing the damn thing! We, humans, love our seats cushy, cozy and preferably heated/ventilated so that we feel good when driving into the sunset in any time of the year, be it a hot summer or a freezing winter.
Ford Flex 2016 Vs Toyota Highlander 2016 – Cargo And Leg-/Head-room
Now, if you take a look at the latest Flex for a second, you’ll instantly be surprised by the…unique styling Ford went with, and it’s not only a crowd pleaser, but also a pretty practical vehicle, as that boxy shape allows for tons of cargo space and, obviously, interior room. If you care about your passengers and want them to have a good time in those back seats, as opposed to feeling cramped and squeezed in, you should go with the Flex, because people in the back will have so much more leg- and head-room to stretch out and relax.
On the other hand, the Japanese have a trump up their sleeves as well, and the Highlander offers a bit more room up front, so, if you are a tall person (the one driving the car), of the front-seat passenger is, this could be a game-changer for you. At the end of the day, it’s a tie in this round of the Ford Flex 2016 vs Toyota Highlander 2016 competition, as it comes down to personal needs/taste, just as I said a second ago. I’m actually not the tallest guy in America and that’s why I’d go with Flex on this one.
Besides, I love it when the folks riding in my car feel comfy, cozy and happy – it makes me happy too :). Next up, let’s talk about passenger capacity: this might come as a surprise to you (given the Flex’s mighty size and all), but the Highlander offers more seating than the rival, so, if you’re a lucky dad/mom to a large family, you should go with Toyota without even second-guessing your pick. You gotta put family first, right? But, when it comes to cargo capacity, you’ll be equally happy with both SUVs, as they’ll take in pretty much the same huge amount of groceries from the mall.
Comparing The Dimensions And Fuel-Efficiency
In terms of the overall dimensions the two vehicles are about the same, however, thanks to the Flex’s unique body shape, you might be forced to circle around the hood a couple of times before you find a big enough parking spot to squeeze in. Another thing you have to think about is making sure your new ride is taken care of. Yep, I’m talking about the warranty, and the two come with exactly the same offer: three years/36K miles, which is the standard warranty length on all the modern-day vehicles, not only mid-size crossover SUVs.
And I have to say that it’s a pretty generous proposition, one you’d never get back in the day. Alright, next up we’ve got the powertrain round of the Ford Flex 2016 vs Toyota Highlander 2016 competition, and before we get into the HPs and pound-feet, let me remind you real quick that you’ll be making about the same number of stops for a refuel at the local stations with the Highlander as you will with the Flex, as they’ve got equally-sized tanks and come with almost identical fuel-efficiency numbers.
The entry-level 2.7-lit 4-cyl engine on the Highlander returns 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 20MPG in the city (22MPG combined), while the 3.5-lit V6 on the latest Flex is good for 23MPG hwy/16MPG city (19MPG combined), so, yeah, the Japanese model is still ahead of the game, but not miles away, if you know what I mean. Trust me, you won’t feel the difference.
Ford Flex 2016 Vs Toyota Highlander 2016 – HP, Torque And Pricing
As for the horsepower battles, Ford takes the crown easily, as you’ve got 287 Horses against 185 and 254 pound-feet of torque vs 148. On the other hand, if you need your trusty SUV to tow your stuff to the nearest campsite, the Highlander is your best pick, because it can tow anything up to 5K pounds, while the Flex is only good for 4.5K (0,5K is actually not that big of a difference, but sometimes that’s all you need to get the job done).
Besides, given its boxy shape, the Ford “baby” has a larger turning radius, which means you’ll have to use all your driving skills to get that monster around. Ok, we’re down to the last stop in our Ford Flex 2016 vs Toyota Highlander 2016 journey, and that’s the money talk.
Surprisingly enough, the two SUVs cost almost exactly the same, with the entry-level Flex coming in at 29.6K MSRP and the Highlander at 29.9K MSRP. However, even though moving up the ladder you’ll get similar pricing throughout, the Flex is limited to 3 trim levels, while the rival has a “secret” 4th, the Limited trim, which will cost you 40K large. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying that’s a bad thing – I just want you to keep it in your head that a price-tag of 40K gets dangerously close to the luxury zone, so, you need to be 100% sure that you really want it and don’t just pay up because it looks good on the ad or something:).
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