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2011 Ford Flex

2011 Ford Flex

In the 1980s and 1990s, the minivan ruled the school carpool and the pickup lane at daycare centers across this great land. They were new, they were clever, they were American. And then SUVs came along, and they were much cooler, and newer, and even more American.

That's when minivan sales started their long slide and fell into disrepute. Today, we hear you can't even be seen in a minivan in some parts of Manhattan without getting pulled over and having your papers checked.

No matter what Toyota does to spread the swagger-wagon word, minivans are appliances, and we've all found some interesting alternatives in vehicles with no sliding side doors. There are big crossover vehicles like the Ford Flex and Chevrolet Traverse, and sporty options like the  Acura TSX Sport Wagon and Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon.

Even with all the new minivans available in the 2011 model year, we still have many, many more options among family-friendly vehicles without having to buy a van.So today we ask you, what's the best family-friendly vehicle that's not a minivan? Tweet us your response and make sure to include the hashtag #NoSwaggerWagons-- and you'll join the chorus right here via CoverItLive.
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  1. The Dodge Journey is the perfectly sized vehicle. Also, we have a Dodge Avenger, lots of room and great mileage!
     
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  2. Saab 9-5 Wagon. Practical with a little ooomph!
     
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  3. It sure isn't the Ford Flex you have in your intro!

    The "acid test" for KIA/Hyundai will be how well they stand behind their generous warranty program.
    This personal warranty experience with Honda is what drove me away from being a loyal owner(4 cars)to "NO MORE HONDAS FOR US".
     
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  4. I once designed expensive experimental cars at the General Motors Technical Center and reviewed the teardown of competitor's cars following the Proving Grounds Durability runs. A hand built car like the Rolls Royce did not impress me then. The mass produced Chevy Impala was more of an achievement.
    Today my favorite cars are Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla - nearly perfect all things considered. If they were only ones in existence the entire world population could be transported in them. Station wagon versions would satisfy all needed except for commerce.
     
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  5. I do have a Sienna that I love (this comes from a former GTO driver, so what) but I think that Ford Flex is totally awesome. My ultimate would be a Suburban w/ hybrid (not sure why they only make Tahoes this way) with 20 MPGs all around but I'll settle for a LEAF now :-) Nice variety there - no?
     
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