5 great cars for different family needs

For families with teens
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Ford Flex

SUV/CUV: Ford Flex

For families with tweens or teens, they have friends -- and that means you need a car that can accommodate a group of adult-sized (or near it) passengers. Unlike other crossover SUVs that have a sleeker look, the 2011 Ford Flex offers plenty of headroom and legroom.

While its $29,075 MSRP starting price is above our $25,000 mark, a base Ford Flex is selling at 14 percent below sticker on average, according to This brings the final sales price within our target.

Thanks to its boxy styling, the Ford Flex seats seven -- and they can all be adults and be comfortable. Other standard features include front and rear air conditioning, ambient lighting, six air bags, a rear backup sensor, and stability and traction control. The base model SE is powered by a 262-horsepower, 3.5-liter, V-6 that gets 17 city/24 highway mpg. Ford is currently offering up to $3,500 in incentives or zero percent financing on the Flex through the end of the year.




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