2018 Ford Flex  RealSafeCars78Safety Rating

#29 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#70 of all 2018 vehicles


The Flex, a mainstay of Ford's lineup since 2009, is a three-row large wagon with seating up to 7. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Ford offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2018 Ford Flex is average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2018 Ford Flex has a score of 78, implying a 0.044% chance of driver death (4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2018 Ford Flex has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0444% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.069%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0444% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.069% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Ford Flex is 7% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 Ford Flex is 14% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

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And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9372Chevrolet TraverseHyundai Santa FeDodge Grand CaravanFord FlexFord TaurusFord ExplorerDodge DurangoVolkswagen AtlasToyota SiennaHonda OdysseyDodge ChargerKia SedonaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Ford Flex with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 72 to 93. The 2018 Ford Flex is less safe than the 2018 Ford Explorer, the 2018 Kia Sedona, the 2018 Dodge Charger, the 2018 Honda Odyssey, the 2018 Toyota Sienna, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, and the 2018 Dodge Durango. It is about as safe as the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan, and the 2018 Ford Taurus.

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