Looking for the perfect family crossover SUV in Bradley and Peotone? You might be trying to decide between the 2016 Ford Explorer and the 2016 Ford Flex. But which is right for your family's automotive needs? See the differences between the Explorer and the Flex today with this handy guide from Terry's Ford.
The 2016 Ford Explorer comes with a choice of three engines. The base 3.5L V6 engine uses twin independent variable cam shaft timing with a naturally aspirated induction system for a steady flow of power, producing 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque with the capacity to tow up to 5,000 lbs at a time. It gets 24 mpg highway and comes with your choice of front-wheel drive or intelligent four-wheel drive. The EcoBoost engine is a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine machine that uses turbocharged direct fuel injection for more power when you need it. It produces 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, getting up to 28 mpg highway and towing 2,000 lbs. at a time. Finally, the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine's twin-turbocharged direct fuel injection system lets it get 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, getting up to 22 mpg highway with a four-wheel drive and towing up to 3,000 lbs. Each engine comes with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
The 2016 Ford Flex comes with a choice of two engines. The base engine is a 3.5L V6 that uses twin independent variable cam shaft timing and sequential multi-port injection and naturally aspirated compression for efficient power, producing 287 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a 6-speed Selectshift automatic transmission, and gets up to 23 mpg highway with a choice of front wheel or all wheel drive. You can also choose the EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine, which includes a twin-turbocharged direct fuel injection system for a boost of power when you want it. It produces 265 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque, and is available with all-wheel drive getting up to 22 mpg highway.
The 2016 Ford Explorer has been refreshed with a sleek new look with features and components that make your ride memorable. The sophisticated new look of the grille, hood, and fenders is complemented by the exciting new paint colors and sharp satin chrome accents, which are topped off with 20-inch bright-faced wheels with dark accent pockets. You'll get a standard dual-panel moonroof to let in the natural light and fresh air as well. Performance features like AdvanceTrac with roll stability control help you stay in control of your car using gyroscopic sensors to monitor the movements of your car and keep it steady. Curve control automatically helps slow your car down by applying braking torque and reducing engine power when these sensors detect that your car is going too fast for safety around a curve.
The 2016 Ford Flex has a unique style that combines the old-fashioned look of a classic station wagon with the modern look of a contemporary crossover utility vehicle. The bold silhouette of the Flex and the optional two-toned color block give a retro look to this family vehicle, while the clean lines and USB port-inspired front grille give it a futuristic edge. You'll also be able to opt for features like a multi-panel vista roof, which features four skylights that cover all three rows of seating for plenty of natural light.
Inside the 2016 Ford Explorer, you'll get features for comfort and luxury with seating for seven. The 10-way power driver's features power lumbar support and optional heated and cooled seats with unique Active Motion multi-contour design to keep your back limber during long drives. The interior is decorated with real metal and wood appliques. You'll also get connectivity technology with a fully digital instrument cluster, the Ford Sync3 app suite, available navigation with real-time traffic and weather information, and Sirius XM satellite radio.
The 2016 Ford Flex combines style with luxury, with features like perforated leather-trimmed front seats and a steering wheel trimmed with wood inlay and audio and speed controls. You'll also get San Macassar and Yoho maple woodgrain accents, Meteorite bezels, unique appliques, and more. The PowerFold third-row seat can be folded up for more cargo room with a flat floor, while opting for second-row bucket seats let you add a center console for storage of small items or a refrigerated/freezer console that can chill or freeze items for hours.
Are you ready to find out whether the 2016 Ford Explorer or the 2016 Ford Flex fits your needs better? Take a test drive at Terry's Ford! Call us today at (708) 258-9200 or come see us at 363 Harlem Ave, Peotone, IL 60468.