How does a 2016 Ford Flex compare to its competition in Safety Near Wickenburg, AZ?


 
  • Jones Ford Wickenburg Journal
  • Oct 29th 2017 - 20 days ago
  • Wickenburg, AZ
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Compared To Mazda CX-9 2016



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 CX-9 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Flex and the CX-9 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, 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.




Compared To Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2016



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 Highlander Hybrid doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Flex and the Highlander Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.




Compared To Mitsubishi Outlander 2015



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 Outlander doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Flex’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 Outlander doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Flex’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 Outlander doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Flex’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mitsubishi Outlander has a metal gas tank.

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 Outlander 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 Outlander 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available collision warning systems.

The Ford Flex weighs 868 to 1543 pounds more than the Mitsubishi Outlander. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.




Compared To Dodge Grand Caravan 2016



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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan doesn\'t offer a collision warning system.

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

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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan 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, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Flex is safer than the Grand Caravan:

Flex

Grand Caravan

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

49

230

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

n/a

Steering Column Movement Rearward

11 cm

17 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

2.8/2.2 kN

13.4/4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

100%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.53/.69

2.29/.9

Tibia forces R/L

.7/.8 kN

3.5/3.4 kN

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Flex as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Grand Caravan is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

The Ford Flex has a better fatality history. The Flex was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 22% lower per vehicle registered than the Grand Caravan, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.




Compared To Nissan Quest 2016



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 Quest 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 Quest doesn\'t offer a collision warning system.

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

To help make backing safer, the Flex’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 Quest 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 Quest 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 Quest 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Flex is safer than the Quest:

Flex

Quest

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

49

527

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

11 cm

21 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

2.8/2.2 kN

12.3/5.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

63%/6%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.53/.69

2.29/.63

Tibia forces R/L

.7/.8 kN

1.8/1.3 kN

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ( IIHS) performs roof strength tests. In that test the Flex earned the top rating of “Good” because its roof supported over four times the Flex’s weight before being crushed five inches. The Quest was rated lower at “Acceptable.”

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Flex as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Quest is not a “Top Pick.”




Compared To Nissan Pathfinder 2016



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 Pathfinder 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 Pathfinder doesn\'t offer a collision 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 Pathfinder 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 Pathfinder 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, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.




Compared To Chrysler Town and Country 2016



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 Town and Country 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 Town and Country doesn\'t offer a collision warning system.

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

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 Town and Country 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 Town and Country 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Flex is safer than the Town and Country:

Flex

Town and Country

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

49

230

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

n/a

Steering Column Movement Rearward

11 cm

17 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

2.8/2.2 kN

13.4/4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

100%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.53/.69

2.29/.9

Tibia forces R/L

.7/.8 kN

3.5/3.4 kN

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Flex as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Town and Country is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

The Ford Flex has a better fatality history. The Flex was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 20% lower per vehicle registered than the Town and Country, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.




Compared To Chrysler Pacifica 2017



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 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.