While SUVs sales have continued to rise over the past few years, minivans have kept their popularity mainly due to their functionality for families and as good-looking cargo haulers. The sliding side doors make it easy for passengers to get in and out, parents can access the backseat with ease to buckle their kids into child safety seats, and when you remove the back seats you have massive cargo space to haul just about anything. So, you're in the market for a new minivan or SUV, but you have no idea which one to choose. Let us help! Our knowledgeable staff here at Deery of Ames Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM showroom located at 1700 SE 16th St., Ames, IA, has put together a comparison 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and the 2018 Ford Flex SUV, to help you through your decision-making process. Call 515-808-5308 to set up a test drive!

The Low-Down

Both the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2018 Ford Flex are stylish minivans with the latest in safety and tech features. So what separates them as competitors? First of all, even with a similar V6 engine, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica gets better gas mileage-which is important for all of those moms out there who are constantly running from work to kid's school, sports practices, and the grocery store. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica gets an estimated EPA of 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway while the 2018 Ford Flex has an estimated EPA of 57 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.

Secondly, starting MSRP is about $3,000 less on the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, at $26,995 compared to $30,285 for the 2018 Ford Flex. And the list goes on. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is much more spacious than the 2018 Ford Flex with an additional 10 cubic feet overall. There's not only more hip room, leg room, and shoulder room for driver and passengers, but more cargo space-140.5 cubic feet for the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, and 83.2 cubic feet for the 2018 Ford Flex-for sports equipment, camping gear, or the dresser you found at your local flea market.

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica can also trailer a bit more weight, 360 pounds compared to 200 pounds for the 2018 Ford Flex. And gas mileage is far better for the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica than the 2018 Ford Flex; 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway with the Pacifica vs 19 mpg city and 23 mpg highway with the Flex. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick and comes standard with SafetyTec, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, ParkSense Rear Park Assist With Full Stop, Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch Touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and Third-Row Stow 'n Go Seating and Storage System.

The 2018 Ford Flex is also loaded with standard safety and tech features such as SYNC, Reverse Sensing System, Rear view camera with backup assist grid lines, Personal Safety System, Front-passenger Sensing System, and third-row manual fold-flat-into-floor split 50/50 bench.


Given the above comparison, it's easy to see that the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica far exceeds the 2018 Ford Flex in price, standard safety and tech features, and in overall space. It really is the best value for the money. Check out our current inventory of the 2018 Chrysler Pacificas, stop into Deery of Ames Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM showroom located at 1700 SE 16th St., Ames, IA, or call 515-808-5308 to set up a test drive! We're just a short drive from Kelley, Midvale, Shipley, Gilbert, and Nevada.