Get 3M rockguard tape, it is practically invisible and will go a long way at protecting your paint and won't look ugly.
I have the 3M tape on mine from factory and it's awesome. Rock chips are nonexistent compared to the 2011 cruze models that had so many rock chips they had to be resprayed.
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2009 Ford Escape Limited - 3.0L, 6 speed auto, 4x4, 25/33 city/hwy imp mpg.
2017 F150 XLT-XTR - 5.0L, 4x4, 3.55's, E-locker, xtr chrome package, fx4 off-road package.
20/25 imp mpg