2011 Ford Flex
The boxy, wagon-like design isn't for every mom and dad, but a quick spin in the 2011 Ford Flex can convert even the most unadventurous buyer. Combining a 262-horsepower V6 with a lower center of gravity than most three-row options, the 2011 Ford Flex is the most fun-to-drive, most car-like family hauler you can get your hands on for less than $30,000. It also offers enough amenities - including a small refrigerator - to make it a viable minivan substitute. Want to have even more fun? Go for the 355-horsepower twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and you can relive your days as a lead-footed hooligan (after you drop off the kids).