Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2013 Ford Flex VS 2013 Chrysler Town Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2013 Ford Flex

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2013 Chrysler Town

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 Town & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

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. Chrysler doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Town & Country.

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

There are over 39 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

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 Town & Country doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the van’s engine.

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’s reliability will be 47% better than the Town & Country.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chrysler is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The Flex’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (287 vs. 283) than the Town & Country’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Flex Limited’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 82 more horsepower (365 vs. 283) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 260) than the Town & Country’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Flex Limited 3.5 turbo V6 is faster than the Chrysler Town & Country:

Flex

Town & Country

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

86.1 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 Town & Country doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Flex’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Town & Country:

Flex

Town & Country

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

11.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12 inches

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 Town & Country are solid, not vented.

The Flex stops shorter than the Town & Country:

Flex

Town & Country

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Flex has larger standard tires than the Town & Country (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Flex’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Town & Country (255/45R20 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Town & Country’s standard 65 series tires. The Flex’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Town & Country’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Flex offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Town & Country’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Flex has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chrysler Town & Country has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Flex has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Town & Country doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Flex’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 Town & Country doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 2 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 7.8 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more third row headroom and .6 inches more third row legroom than the Town & Country.

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 Town & Country doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Town & Country doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Flex has standard extendable sun visors. The Town & Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Flex Limited’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Town & Country doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Flex Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Town & Country doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Standard SYNC for the Flex allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Town & Country doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Flex 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 Town & Country doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Flex will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Flex will retain 39.43% to 40.03% of its original price after five years, while the Town & Country only retains 33.49% to 34.67%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Flex is less expensive to operate than the Town & Country because it costs $112 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Flex than the Town & Country, including $53 less for front brake pads and $192 less for a fuel pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Flex will be $870 to $3972 less than for the Chrysler Town & Country.

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