Greene Ford Compares 2010 Ford Flex VS 2010 Lincoln MKT Near Cumming, GA

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2010 Ford Flex

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2010 Lincoln MKT

Safety Comparison

Both the Flex and the MKT 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

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Flex’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 MKT doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The Flex SEL/Limited’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 85 more horsepower (355 vs. 270) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 270) than the MKT’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Flex stops shorter than the MKT:

Flex

MKT

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

196 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Flex Limited AWD handles at .80 G’s, while the MKT AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Flex is 5.8 inches shorter than the MKT, making the Flex easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 13.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKT (155.8 vs. 142.3).

The Flex has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom, 5.2 inches more third row headroom, .3 inches more third row legroom, .5 inches more third row hip room and 1.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Flex

MKT

Behind Third Seat

20 cubic feet

17.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

43.2 cubic feet

39.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

83.2 cubic feet

75.9 cubic feet

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