Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2014 Ford Flex VS 2014 Dodge Journey Near Avondale, AZ

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2014 Ford Flex

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2014 Dodge Journey

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 Journey 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 Journey doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Flex (except SE)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Flex (except SE)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Flex offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Journey doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Flex and the Journey 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, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Flex is 1.5% to 3.4% less likely to roll over than the Journey.

Warranty Comparison

The Flex’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Journey runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 33 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Flex’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Flex has a standard 650-amp battery. The Journey’s 525-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Flex’s reliability will be 29% better than the Journey.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The Flex’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 114 more horsepower (287 vs. 173) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (254 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Flex’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (287 vs. 283) than the Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Flex Limited’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 82 more horsepower (365 vs. 283) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 260) than the Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Flex ECOBoost V6 is faster than the Dodge Journey V6:

Flex

Journey

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

85.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Flex FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Journey V6 FWD (18 city/25 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

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 Journey doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Flex’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Journey are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Flex has larger standard tires than the Journey (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Flex’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Journey (255/45R20 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Journey’s standard 65 series tires. The Flex’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Journey’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Flex offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Journey’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Flex has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 Journey doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Flex’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Journey (117.9 inches vs. 113.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Flex is 3.6 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Journey.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 34.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Journey (155.8 vs. 121.7).

The Flex has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 8.2 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room, 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room, 1 inch more third row headroom, 9.9 inches more third row legroom, 1.1 inches more third row hip room and 7.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.

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 Journey doesn’t offer a rear tailgate seat.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Flex’s cargo area provides more volume than the Journey.

Flex

Journey

Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

10.7 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.2 cubic feet

37 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

83.2 cubic feet

67.6 cubic feet

The Flex’s cargo area is larger than the Journey’s in almost every dimension:

Flex

Journey

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

16.5”/47”/83.3”

16”/41.5”/75”

Max Width

46”

55.5”

Min Width

40.5”

41.4”

Height

40”

33.1”

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

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Flex (except SE) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Journey doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Flex (except SE), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Journey doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Flex (except SE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Journey doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Journey’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 Flex’s exterior keypad. The Journey doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry 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 Journey’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 Journey only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Flex has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Journey only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Both the Flex and the Journey 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 Journey.

The Flex Limited’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Journey doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

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 Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Flex, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

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 Journey doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Flex is less expensive to operate than the Journey because it costs $476 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Flex than the Journey, including $54 less for an alternator, $36 less for front brake pads, $14 less for fuel injection, $127 less for a fuel pump and $144 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Ford Flex as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Dodge Journey isn't recommended.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Ford Flex is ranked first in the Mid-Size Crossover Utility category. The Dodge Journey is ranked below average. The Flex received the 2012 “Total Quality Award.”

The Flex was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 6 years. The Journey has never been an “All Star.”

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