Greene Ford Compares 2010 Ford Flex VS 2010 Honda Pilot Near Cumming, GA

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2010 Ford Flex

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2010 Honda Pilot

Safety Comparison

The Flex offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Pilot doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Flex comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Pilot.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Flex’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Flex’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Pilot’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that eventually needs to be replaced. If the Pilot’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Flex has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Pilot doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Flex’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 12 more horsepower (262 vs. 250) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Flex SEL/Limited’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 105 more horsepower (355 vs. 250) and 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 253) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Flex’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Pilot:

Torque

Flex 3.5 DOHC V6

4500 RPM

Flex SEL/Limited 3.5 turbo V6

1500 RPM

Pilot 3.5 SOHC V6

4800 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Flex FWD with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Pilot FWD (17 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The Flex has a standard capless 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 that causes pollution. The Pilot doesn’t offer a capless 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 Pilot are solid, not vented.

The Flex stops shorter than the Pilot:

Flex

Pilot

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

198 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

144 feet

149 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Flex SEL/Limited’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pilot (255/45R20 vs. 245/65R17).

The Flex’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 Pilot’s standard 65 series tires. The Flex SEL/Limited’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Pilot’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Flex has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Pilot. The Flex SEL/Limited offers optional 20-inch wheels.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Flex’s wheelbase is 8.7 inches longer than on the Pilot (117.9 inches vs. 109.2 inches).

The Flex Limited AWD handles at .80 G’s, while the Pilot EX-L 4WD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Flex Limited AWD is quieter than the Pilot EX-L 4WD:

Flex

Pilot

At idle

40 dB

41 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Pilot (155.8 vs. 153.7).

The Flex has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom, .5 inches more third row headroom and 1.2 inches more third row legroom than the Pilot.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Flex

Pilot

Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

18 cubic feet

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Flex offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Pilot doesn’t offer a remote starting 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 Pilot doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Flex and the Pilot have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Flex is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Pilot prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Pilot doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Flex’s 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 Pilot’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Pilot only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Flex offers an optional center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Pilot LX doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

The Flex’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Pilot’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Flex SEL/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 Pilot doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Flex owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Flex with a number “3” insurance rate while the Pilot is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

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