2012 Ford
Flex SEL
vs. 2012 Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT

2012 Ford Flex SEL

9.6

Winner

Ford Flex SEL

starting from

$34,660

Reasons to buy the Ford Flex SEL

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Has 3 rows of seats
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More airbags
6
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Average number of passenger seats
7
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OK brakes
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT

8.6

starting from

$23,585

Reasons to buy the Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT

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Good cargo space
129.6 ft3
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Spacious front seats
65.2 ft3
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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Average highway fuel efficiency
26 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.2
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Flex SEL's power seats; not available on the Transit Connect Cargo XLT
  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Flex SEL
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Winner: Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $11,075 cheaper (more than 30% less), $23,585 vs $34,660
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

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Flex SEL
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Flex SEL's power seats; not available on the Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Flex SEL

Cost

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Flex SEL
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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MSRP $34,660 vs $23,585 The Transit Connect Cargo XLT has a great price and the Flex SEL is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 21 mpg The Transit Connect Cargo XLT has great city mileage and the Flex SEL is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Crash Test Ratings

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Flex SEL
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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Flex SEL
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
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Horsepower 262 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 136 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Flex SEL is of average power, but the Transit Connect Cargo XLT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Flex SEL has an OK number of gears, while the Transit Connect Cargo XLT has very few
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.7 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Flex SEL has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 39.0 ft

Practicality

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Flex SEL
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
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Passengers 7 vs 2 The Flex SEL has the usual number of seats, while the Transit Connect Cargo XLT has very few
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 400 miles
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Cargo space 83.2 ft3 vs 129.6 ft3 The Transit Connect Cargo XLT has lots of cargo room and the Flex SEL is pretty good
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front seats 57.6 ft3 vs 65.2 ft3 The Transit Connect Cargo XLT has roomy front seats and the Flex SEL is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Flex SEL's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Optional vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Flex SEL
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Transit Connect Cargo XLT offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Flex SEL
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Cupholders 10 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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Flex SEL
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 12.5 seconds The Flex SEL's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Transit Connect Cargo XLT is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 135 ft The Flex SEL has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Transit Connect Cargo XLT is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 85 mph vs 18.7 s @ 74 mph The Flex SEL's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Transit Connect Cargo XLT's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.75 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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Flex SEL
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 2 The Flex SEL has a good number of airbags, but the Transit Connect Cargo XLT does not (missing Rear Side, Head / Curtain, Rear Curtain, Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Flex SEL has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Flex SEL; optional upgrade on the Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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Roadside assistance system None vs Crew Chief

Entertainment System

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Flex SEL
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Optional vs Standard Rock on in the Transit Connect Cargo XLT; but prepare to pay to get a CD player in the Flex SEL
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premium radio Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the Flex SEL, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Flex SEL; but it's not available at all on the Transit Connect Cargo XLT

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Ford Flex SEL 2011 Ford Explorer Flex SEL vs Explorer
2012 Ford Flex Limited 2011 Toyota Highlander Flex Limited vs Highlander
2012 Ford Flex SEL 2011 Ford Expedition XL Flex SEL vs Expedition XL
2012 Ford Flex Titanium 2011 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite Flex Titanium vs Odyssey Touring Elite
2012 Ford Flex Titanium 2012 Lincoln MKT Flex Titanium vs MKT
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XL 2011 Mercedes-Benz Transit Connect Cargo XL vs Sprinter 2500 Cargo
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT 2011 Ford E150 Cargo Transit Connect Cargo XLT vs E150 Cargo
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Transit Connect Cargo XLT vs Grand Caravan Cargo
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT 2011 Chevrolet Express 3500 Passenger LT Transit Connect Cargo XLT vs Express 3500 Passenger LT
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT 2011 Ford E350 Super Duty Cargo Transit Connect Cargo XLT vs E350 Super Duty Cargo

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