Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Flex VS 2017 Honda Odyssey Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Flex

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2017 Honda Odyssey

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 Odyssey doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

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

To help make backing safer, the Flex (except SE)’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 Odyssey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Flex has standard 911 Assist, 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 Odyssey 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 Odyssey 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 and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Flex’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Flex’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Odyssey’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Odyssey’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Flex’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 39 more horsepower (287 vs. 248) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (254 vs. 250) than the Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Flex Limited’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 117 more horsepower (365 vs. 248) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 250) than the Odyssey’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Flex Limited is faster than the Honda Odyssey:

 

Flex

Odyssey

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.5 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

86.5 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 Odyssey doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Flex’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Odyssey:

 

Flex

Odyssey

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

12.6 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 Odyssey are solid, not vented.

The Flex stops shorter than the Odyssey:

 

Flex

Odyssey

 

60 to 0 MPH

140 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Flex’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Odyssey (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

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 Odyssey’s standard 65 series tires. The Flex’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Odyssey Touring/Touring Elite’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Flex offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Odyssey’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

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 Odyssey doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Flex has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more third row headroom than the Odyssey.

The Flex Limited 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 Odyssey 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 Odyssey doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Flex offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Odyssey doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Flex (except SE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Odyssey doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Flex and the Odyssey have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Flex is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Odyssey prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Odyssey 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 Odyssey’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Flex Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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

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 Odyssey LX.

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 Odyssey doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Flex’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Odyssey EX/SE/EX-L/Touring/Touring Elite.

Both the Flex and the Odyssey offer available heated front seats. The Flex Limited 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 Odyssey.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Flex Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Odyssey doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Flex Limited’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Odyssey doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 Odyssey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 Odyssey doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Flex owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Flex with a number “5” insurance rate while the Odyssey is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Flex is less expensive to operate than the Odyssey because typical repairs cost less on the Flex than the Odyssey, including $10 less for front brake pads and $91 less for a starter.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Flex and the Honda Odyssey, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 864, Strategic Vision rated the Ford Flex 12 points higher than the Honda Odyssey for 2015. The Flex is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

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