2014's best people haulers

Ford Flex SEL

Price: $35,295
Mileage: 18 mpg city/25 highway/20 combined
CR Score: 69
Third-Row Legroom: 33.3 in.

We really like this crossover's retro styling. But more important, it's tough to beat for versatility and passenger space. Of our picks, only the minivans have more third-row-seat legroom. A comfortable ride and loads of amenities really seal the deal for us. We added the optional 202A Package that adds blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert to the long list of SEL goodies like MyFord Touch electronics interface, eight-inch touch screen and rear parking sensors. To maximize gas mileage, we priced our Flex with the standard 287-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. If you want to spend another $1,950, an optional 365-horsepower, turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 will drop your fuel economy by about 2 mpg but provides all-wheel drive and a little extra fun behind the wheel.