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5 Winter Cars Worth Buying Now

2012 Ford (F - Get Report) Flex All-Wheel Drive w/EcoBoost

MSRP: $44,425
Average selling price: $37,937
Savings: 14.6%

The giant, boxy Mini Cooper clone continues to get no love from consumers who favor less funky-looking utility vehicles. Its sales dropped by nearly a quarter after Ford revamped the Explorer SUV, but the Flex's room for seven, 44 inches of legroom in the second row and a power folding mechanisms for getting into the third row make it easy to transport a large crew or throw some gear in the back and take a long trip. Options such as sliding second-row captain's seats, Microsoft (MSFT) Sync phone, entertainment and navigation systems in its MyFord Touch screen, DVD entertainment center for the back, a multipanel sunroof and second-row fridge console for road sodas compensate somewhat for its very non-Eco combined 19.2 miles per gallon. Consumers are passing on the Flex because it looks weird, but that standout frame and spacious 80 cubic feet of cargo room have a lot to offer buyers looking for something beyond the standard SUV or crossover.

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