2017 Ford Flex 4dr SE FWD vs. 2017 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4dr LS

The Ford Flex and the Chevy Traverse are two great vehicle options for anyone who likes their vehicles spacious and versatile. As the “Flex” name implies, the Ford Flex and its Chevrolet counterpart are everything a good crossover vehicle should be: big enough to comfortably fit the average family and all their stuff, with the safety and handling of a smaller midsize vehicle.

However, which one is the better option? Obviously, our Community Cars team is going to be naturally predisposed to the Flex, but it’s not just our personal bias that makes the Flex superior to the Traverse. Once you break down the features and flaws of both, it becomes clear the Flex is simply a superior vehicle to its competitor.

Why the Flex Is Better Than the Traverse

2017 Ford Flex 4dr SE FWD

In many respects, the Flex and the Traverse aren’t that different. Both have comparable gas mileage (though the Flex scores a little bit better), both have good steering and handling, and both have respectable engine power and performance. It’s only once you start breaking down the additional features and accessories that the differences between the two really start to reveal themselves.

If you go over the list of accessories included with both vehicles, you’ll very quickly notice how many of the features included with the Flex are completely absent from the Traverse. Probably the most important of these is the security system. The 2017 Flex 4dr SE FWD comes with a security system as a standard feature, providing an extra level of security and peace of mind for drivers and their families. The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse FWD 4dr LS, on the other hand, has no such security system, making it a less safe option than its competitor.

This isn’t the only safety feature that the Traverse is lacking. The Flex also includes a rear parking aid and heated mirrors as standard features; the Traverse includes neither. Even the best drivers can sometimes use some additional help backing up into a difficult parking space, and heated mirrors make for a safer ride in cold weather by preventing the surface from fogging up.

Why Chevy wouldn’t make these options available on the Traverse, we can’t say, but their absence makes it a little bit harder for us to recommend the Traverse when its direct competitor has both of these features as standard options.

And There’s More!

Other features included with the 2017 Flex 4dr SE FWD, but not available with the Traverse FWD 4dr LS, include:

  • Satellite radio
  • Variable speed intermittent wipers
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver and passenger vanity mirrors
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Smart device integration


Given the wide gap between what’s included in the Flex and what is made available with the Traverse, it’s obvious which of these two is the better value. The Flex includes so many additional safety features and amenities for a comparable price, it’s hard to think of a way where it wouldn’t be the smarter option.

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1. http://www.ford.com/crossovers/flex/compare/details?trim=389399&c=&c=383100