Greene Ford Compares 2012 Ford Flex VS 2012 Chevrolet Traverse Near Buford, GA

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2012 Ford Flex

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2012 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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 AWD EcoBoost’s reliability will be 36% better than the Traverse with the best reliability rating.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 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 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 16th.

Engine Comparison

The Flex’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 67 more horsepower (355 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 Ford Flex twin turbo V6 is faster than the Traverse LS/LT:



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

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:



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 EcoBoost’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).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Flex may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Chevrolet Traverse.

The Flex is 3.2 inches shorter than the Traverse, making the Flex easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Flex Limited AWD is quieter than the Traverse LT AWD:



At idle

40 dB

41 dB


71 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 2.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Traverse (155.8 vs. 153.1).

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/Titanium 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 power 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.

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 Traverse’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 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/Titanium 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.

The Flex SEL/Limited/Titanium’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Traverse LS doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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.

The Flex Limited/Titanium’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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Flex is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because it costs $385 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Flex than the Traverse, including $106 less for front brake pads, $83 less for a starter, $127 less for fuel injection, $246 less for a fuel pump and $37 less for a timing belt/chain.

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