Best cars if you want to...

The downturn in consumer spending means you can negotiate some great deals on wheels now - these standouts among them.

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... look cool in a family hauler
Car: Ford Flex

Price: $29K-$37K sticker ($27K-$34K market)

Mpg: 17 city, 24 hwy.

This ultraspacious crossover wagon is nearly 17 feet long, which can make parking tricky. But its Toyota-like dependability, decent gas mileage, and nondorky design more than make up for it.

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Last updated April 24 2009: 9:24 AM ET
Source: Vincentric,
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