Greene Ford Compares 2018 Ford Flex VS 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Near Cleveland, GA

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2018 Ford Flex

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica

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 Pacifica doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Flex offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Pacifica doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Flex and the Pacifica 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are over 30 percent more Ford dealers than there are Chrysler dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Flex’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 31st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chrysler vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 9 places higher in reliability than Chrysler.

Engine Comparison

The Flex’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 27 more horsepower (287 vs. 260) and 254 lbs.-ft. more torque (254 vs. ) than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6 hybrid. The Flex Limited’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 78 more horsepower (365 vs. 287) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 262) than the Pacifica’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Flex Limited is faster than the Chrysler Pacifica V6:

 

Flex

Pacifica

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

5.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

90 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Flex has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Pacifica Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.6 vs. 16.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 Pacifica are solid, not vented.

The Flex stops shorter than the Pacifica:

 

Flex

Pacifica

 

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Flex’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pacifica (255/45R20 vs. 245/50R20).

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 Pacifica’s standard 65 series tires. The Flex’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Pacifica Limited’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom and 5.3 inches more rear legroom than the Pacifica.

Flexibility is maximized at the game, campground or a drive-in theatre in the Flex Limited when its optional tailgating rear seats are deployed, allowing people to sit facing out of the liftgate. (Do not use while vehicle is in motion.) The Pacifica doesn’t offer tailgating seats.

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 Pacifica doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Flex’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Pacifica’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The Pacifica Touring-L Plus/Limited’s .

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 PIN entry system. The Pacifica doesn’t offer an exterior PIN 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 Pacifica’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Flex’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Pacifica’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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 automatic headlight on/off feature is not available on the Pacifica L/LX.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Flex owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Flex will cost $25 to $2170 less than the Pacifica over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Flex is less expensive to operate than the Pacifica because typical repairs cost less on the Flex than the Pacifica, including $119 less for front brake pads, $9 less for a starter, $199 less for fuel injection and $112 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Flex was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 10 years. The Pacifica has never been an “All Star.”

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