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Ford Explorer vs. Ford Flex MPG

Chart is based on 127 fuel economy reports for the Ford Explorer and 390 fuel economy reports for the Ford Flex.

Ford Explorer MPG

Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2015 20.9 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2013 21.8 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 18.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 15.6 MPG Highway Percentage 9 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 100 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.6 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 17 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.2 MPG Highway Percentage 82 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.7 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.3 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 15.1 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.1 MPG Highway Percentage 29 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 83 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 13.3 MPG Highway Percentage 5 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 13.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 95 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 14.4 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.6 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 16.1 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 18.2 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2001 11.4 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2000 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 45 0 15 40 75 20.9  
2013 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 25 0 30 45 70 21.8  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 20 80 110 21.4  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 0 31 17 52 71 18.4  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 9 73 9 9 60 15.6  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 10 0 10 80 55 22.0  
2009 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 0 0 100 60 18.5  
2009 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 19.2  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 0 5 20 75 60 16.5  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light hvy 0 0 63 37 65 16.6  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med none 6 27 50 17 75 16.7  
2007 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med hvy 1 6 13 82 75 17.2  
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 24 8 7 61 90 17.7  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 2 18 19 61 68 18.3  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 4 17 41 37 78 15.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 20 23 28 29 70 18.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 30 22 44 65 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 0 9 9 83 75 17.5  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 18 33 43 80 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat lead hvy 20 20 10 50 60 18.0  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 45 45 5 5 55 13.3  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 17 20 13 50 60 16.7  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 7 35 28 30 75 13.2  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 5 0 0 95 65 18.8  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
hills light hvy 10 20 18 52 63 16.4  
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 5 17 32 45 81 14.4  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 18 45 13 25 65 17.8  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 16 14 32 38 74 17.6  
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 17 26 17 40 89 16.1  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 40 30 30 65 17.0  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 7 22 37 35 70 18.2  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 18 3 44 36 70 19.2  
2001 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 75 25 0 0 11.4  
2000 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 5.0L V8
4-speed automatic AWD
flat v.lt none 0 10 33 58 60 17.8  

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Ford Flex MPG

Ford Flex Ford Flex 2014 17.9 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2013 18.7 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2013 18.6 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2012 23.6 MPG Highway Percentage 59 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2011 18.3 MPG Highway Percentage 28 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2011 22.5 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2011 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2010 20.1 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2010 21.7 MPG Highway Percentage 48 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2010 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2009 22.9 MPG Highway Percentage 62 percent Ford Flex Ford Flex 2009 17.3 MPG Highway Percentage 22 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2014 4dr SUV 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 0 55 0 45 110 17.9  
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med hvy 10 20 10 60 70 18.7  
2013 4dr SUV 287-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 5 0 58 37 75 18.6  
2012 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
flat med none 0 16 26 59 68 23.6  
2011 4dr SUV turbocharged 355hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 47 10 15 28 80 18.3  
2011 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 0 25 50 25 75 22.5  
2011 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 10 60 20 10 60 17.8  
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 355hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 6 10 23 61 73 20.1  
2010 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
flat light none 5 23 25 48 66 21.7  
2010 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 0 33 0 67 100 21.4  
2009 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
flat light light 2 13 23 62 70 22.9  
2009 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
hills med light 4 36 38 22 68 17.3  

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Ford Explorer vs. Ford Flex MPG

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We initially went in looking for a commuter vehicle with High mpg... but the sport they had jumped out at us and we were on the hunt for one... in the wife's daily 45 mile drive to work she's averaging 20 mpg which is comparable to the Audi's 4 cylinder and my truck's 8 cylinder. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For such a beast I'm pleased with the gas mileage. I average 19-21 in almost all city/suburban stoplight and rush hour driving. Highway mileage drops fast if you drive over 70. Keep it under 70 and I get about 24. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in Class all that needs to be said. see full Ford Explorer review
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a mid-sized SUV, fuel economy is still as good or better than many 2008 cross-overs, and has all of the luxury features I like. see full Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Not really bad, but not that great either. To be expected for a vehicle this heavy see full Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
13-15 mpg around town, ouch! see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
wish it was higher. Part of our problem is that wanted and bought a model with the towing package. The lower gearing does impact fuel economy see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Could be better see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Gets poor fuel economy, but that is expected from a large SUV see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
13 - 14.5 for a V6! Ridiculous. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a low output V6 (210hp) I would expect better gas mileage for this 4,400 suv. I average 14 to 18 mpg per tank depending on mix of city/highway. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
17 miles to the gallon on a six. see full Ford Explorer review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Flex

Ford Flex Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
1000 miles of ownership so far, 21-22 mpg in light suburb and highway driving, 24-25 mpg on 500 mile trip (fuel economy measured by calculating miles driven divided by gallons of fuel purchased). see full Ford Flex review
2010 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
I am currently averaging 20 MPG overall with heavy highway use. For the size of vehicle I think that is rather reasonable. see full Ford Flex review
2009 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Very good for a 4500 lb vehicle. see full Ford Flex review
2009 4dr SUV 262-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic FWD
Only driven around town, mileage 16.6, have never had it on the open road. see full Ford Flex review