Best 7 passenger vehicles
Ford Flex SEL
Mileage: 18 mpg city/25 highway/20 combined
CR Score: 69
We've always liked the Flex's retro styling, which gives a nod to the Woody wagons of the 1940s. Moreover, its box-like shape translates into plenty of headroom for even backseat passengers. Among our favorites, only the Honda Odyssey has more third-row legroom than the Ford. The interior is made with high-quality materials and the one-touch tumble second-row seat makes for easy access to the third row. The front-wheel-drive Flex is often praised for its handling and the refined performance of its 285-hp 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission. Standard SEL features include dual-zone automatic climate control, MyFord Touch electronics interface with touch screen and iPod integration. We've priced it here with the optional $1,000 Equipment Group 201A. That adds a backup camera, 110-volt power outlets and Ford's revolutionary hands-free power liftgate that automatically opens and closes by swiping a foot under the rear bumper.