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Freestyle Replacement - Explorer vs Flex

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Freestyle Replacement - Explorer vs Flex

Post by lparsons » Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:52 am

My wife and I have started looking in to what vehicle we want next to replace our Freestyle (humming along at ~157k). We recently went to a dealer and sat down in both a Flex and an Explorer though we weren't ready for a test drive (or a sales person) yet. They seem to have a lot in common, and we're not sure which we like better at this point. I've found some general numbers on them and some of the numbers seem to be a bit of a wash.

What vehicles have people here gone to or leaned towards?

For us, our list of needs and wants is something like this:

Must have:
Seating for at least 6
Vehicle that fits easily into a normal size 2 car garage

Really really want:
Rear heat and air controls
Moonroof or sunroof
Roof rack
Towing / hauling ability (maybe 2,000 - 2,500 pounds)
Not a Toyota or Honda

Better than average acceleration
Rear seat entertainment system
05 Freestyle Limited AWD - dark red (wife's car)
02 VW Passat W8 - all black (my car)

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Re: Freestyle Replacement - Explorer vs Flex

Post by mmsstar » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:46 am

The Flex is pretty much the same interior as the Freestyle. The Explorer will have a smaller 3rd row.
Drove an 06 LTD FWD from July 08 to August 10, moved on to a 2011 Flex

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