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5 cars to keep your New Year's resolutions

Ford Flex
Ford Flex ©Ford Motor Company
  • Entry-level price: $31,100
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 18 mpg
    • Highway - 25 mpg
    • Combined - 20 mpg
  • Resolution:Take a long family road-trip vacation

Perhaps one of the reasons you've been putting off that family road-trip vacation is that you just can't imagine spending hours a day cooped up with the family in a vehicle better suited for short hops to the grocery store or softball practice. Ford's Flex wagon may be all you need to look forward to that trek to the Grand Canyon or Grandma's.

Seating up to seven in three rows of seats, Flex offers a lot of standard features like rear parking sensors and voice-activated Bluetooth connectivity even in its base trim as priced here. Every new Flex gets its go from a 287-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission.

Available options include the PowerFold third-row seat that provides a flat load floor, and active park assist that lets Flex parallel park itself.

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