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

2012 Ford Flex SE

9.8

Winner

Ford Flex SE

starting from

$30,180

Reasons to buy the Ford Flex SE

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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

8.9

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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Navigation system
Optional
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Ford Flex SE Winner: Flex SE
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  • Almost the same
Cost 9.5 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Winner: Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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  • Gets more than 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 17 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $6,595 cheaper (more than 20% less), $23,585 vs $30,180
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 9.8 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

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Flex SE
2012 Ford Flex SE
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 SE'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 Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

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Flex SE
2012 Ford Flex SE
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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MSRP $30,180 vs $23,585 The Transit Connect Cargo XLT has a great price and the Flex SE is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 21 mpg The Transit Connect Cargo XLT has great city mileage and the Flex SE 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 SE
2012 Ford Flex SE
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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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 SE
2012 Ford Flex SE
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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Horsepower 262 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 136 HP @ 6,300 RPM The Flex SE is of average power, but the Transit Connect Cargo XLT is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 4 The Flex SE 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 17.1 lb/hp vs Unknown
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 39.0 ft

Practicality

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Flex SE
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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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Passengers 7 vs 2 The Flex SE 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 SE 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 SE is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Flex SE'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 SE
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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 SE
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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 SE
2012 Ford Flex SE
2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT Ford
Transit Connect Cargo XLT
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 12.5 seconds The Flex SE'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 SE 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 SE'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 SE
2012 Ford Flex SE
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 SE has a good number of airbags, but the Transit Connect Cargo XLT does not (missing Head / Curtain, Rear Side, Rear Curtain, Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Flex SE 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 SE; 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 SE
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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 Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2012 Ford Transit Connect Cargo XLT 2011 Ford E350 Super Duty Cargo Transit Connect Cargo XLT vs E350 Super Duty 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 2012 Nissan NV1500 SV Transit Connect Cargo XLT vs NV1500 SV

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