Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2013 Ford Flex VS 2013 Chevrolet Traverse Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Ford Flex

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Flex inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Traverse doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Flex Limited offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Traverse doesn't offer a collision warning system.

Both the Flex and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Flex’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Traverse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Flex’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 6 more horsepower (287 vs. 281) than the Traverse LS/LT’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Flex Limited’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 77 more horsepower (365 vs. 288) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 270) than the Traverse LTZ’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Flex ECOBoost is faster than the Traverse LS/LT:

Flex

Traverse

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

7.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Flex gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse:

Flex

Traverse

2WD

V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

4WD

V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

Turbo V6/Auto

16 city/23 hwy

n/a

The Flex has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Traverse doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Flex stops shorter than the Traverse:

Flex

Traverse

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

154 feet

161 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Flex SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires. The Flex’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Traverse’s optional 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Flex has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Flex has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Flex flat and controlled during cornering. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Flex’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions, which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Traverse doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Flex Limited AWD handles at .80 G’s, while the Traverse LT AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Flex SEL AWD performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 1.2 MPH faster than the Traverse LT AWD (58.9 vs. 57.7 MPH).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Traverse (155.8 vs. 150.8).

The Flex has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 7.5 inches more rear legroom, .9 inches more third row headroom and .1 inches more third row legroom than the Traverse.

The Flex Limited offers an optional rear tailgate seat that can be flipped rearward and used for tailgate picnics. (Do not use seat reversed while vehicle in motion.) The Traverse doesn’t offer a rear tailgate seat.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Flex’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Traverse doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Flex’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Traverse’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the exterior keypad. The Traverse doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access Key standard on the Flex Limited allows the driver to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Flex SE/SEL’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Traverse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Flex Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Flex has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Traverse only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Flex and the Traverse offer available heated front seats. The Flex Limited also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Traverse.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Flex’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Traverse doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Flex Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Traverse doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Flex Limited’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Traverse doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Flex will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Flex will retain 39.43% to 40.03% of its original price after five years, while the Traverse only retains 37.56% to 38.6%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Flex is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because it costs $161 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Flex than the Traverse, including $181 less for an alternator, $109 less for front brake pads, $176 less for fuel injection, $226 less for a fuel pump and $82 less for a timing belt/chain.

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