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Top 10 Cars for Fathers
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:51:04 AM »
From Motor Trend

To commemorate Father’s Day across the U.S. we’ve picked out our top 10 list of cars, trucks, and SUVs that will be sure to appeal to dads. Our criteria were simple, but also somewhat subjective, and we’re sure that some of you might have a different list than the one we compiled. We picked this list based on the subjective “manliness” factor, relative affordability (with a few exceptions), and family-friendliness, meaning all two-seaters were out of the running. If the prospect of a new car is out-of-the-budget for Father’s Day this year, be sure to check out our Dads and Grads Gift Guide.

Here’s our list. We’d love to hear about your top 10 cars for dads list in the comments.

Cadillac CTS-V

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageIt’s hard to go wrong with the Cadillac CTS-V. Available in three distinct flavors; coupe, sedan and wagon, the CTS-V has a configuration to suit just about anyone. The fact that it’s available with a manual transmission is an added bonus. But for some of us that have to concede to spousal mandates about getting an automatic, you still come out a winner, since the automatic is actually one-tenth quicker from 0-60 than the already scorching performance of the manual. Sure, it’s not the cheapest vehicle on our list, but from a bang-for-the-buck standpoint, and the variety of configurations available, it gets a place on our list.

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageMany on our staff are somewhat ambivalent about the Camaro. Subjectively, it’s the best-looking of the current crop of Detroit muscle machines, walking the fine line between retro and contemporary, and pulling it off. Unfortunately, its low-slung lines and high beltline make for a somewhat cramped and claustrophobic interior. That’s why we selected the convertible model. Top up or down, the Camaro convertible is a looker. And whether you just want the cool style, or some all-American V-8 performance and sound, there’s a model for you, from the base V-6 model, the sporty SS, or now the rip-snorting, yet surprisingly refined supercharged Camaro ZL1.

Dodge Charger SRT8

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageIf you find yourself in the conundrum of wanting a high-performance V-8 powered musclecar, but have practical considerations of family needs to factor into the equation, there’s probably no better balance between want and need than the Dodge Charger SRT8. Its 470 hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 delivers a solid 0-60 time in the low-to-mid 4s, yet its fullsize sedan proportions give you a generously-sized rear seat and big trunk. And although we’d hardly call the Charger SRT8 an economy car, its EPA ratings of 14 city and 23 highway are actually a 1 and 4 mpg improvement over its predecessor, while delivering 45 more horsepower.

Ford F-150 SuperCrew

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageThe Ford F-150 is one of the country’s best-selling vehicles, and it’s easy to see why. Ford has aggressively been setting and raising the bar in the fullsize truck segment for the last several years, innovating with powertrains, cabin tech and configurations to meet almost every conceivable want or need in the fullsize truck segment. At first, we were going to narrow it down to the Harley-Davidson edition for its bravado swagger, and bragging rights of saying you “own a Harley” even if the wife forbids an actual two-wheeler. But instead, we narrowed it by configuration to the versatile F-150 SuperCrew four-door model. Available in nearly every trim level in the lineup, from the budget-minded XL V-6 all the way up to the dune-hopping SVT Raptor, the F-150 SuperCrew is a great compromise for a family truck that won’t make you feel like you’ve compromised.

Ford Mustang

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageAs with the F-150, it’s hard to choose just one. The Mustang has been an icon of the American landscape since its introduction in the 1960s, and with each passing year, the Mustang seems to only get better. The 2013 model year brings some trim and detail changes to the entire Mustang lineup, but most significantly, the introduction of the staggeringly powerful 662-hp Shelby GT 500. Admittedly, the back seat is probably not the most comfortable place for anyone over the age of 13. But a case could be made for adding a Mustang to the family for the weekend cruiser fun factor.

GMC Sierra Denali

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageThe Sierra Denali got the nod for this list for its solid combination of power, practicality, and upscale style. With its plush, leather-lined interior and generous helping of chrome trim, the Denali is more the site superintendent’s truck than the head carpenter’s truck. But with a 403-hp V-8 engine, and optional rear video player, the Denali can play the role of an elegant night out with the wife, tow rig for taking the ski boat to the lake, or everyday family transport. If you need something a little brawnier than a half-ton, the Denali trim is also offered on the 2500 and 3500 HD models.

Infiniti M56

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageThe term “Japanese Muscle Sedan” may come across as an oxymoron to some, but the Infiniti M56 comes closest to fitting the term. Infiniti’s largest sedan, fitted with its largest engine, delivers plenty of comfort and sophistication, with an iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove punch. And although the M hails from Japan, its 5.6-liter V-8 is built in Decherd, Tennessee, appropriately enough. And if you live in an area where weather conditions make the prospect of a high-powered rear-drive V-8 sedan sound like a non-starter, Infiniti now offers the M56 with an all-wheel-drive option.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageThe Jeep Grand Cherokee is yet another model where it was hard to pick just one trim for the list, so we decided to include them all. From the bread-and-butter Laredo to the high-potency SRT8, there’s a Jeep Grand Cherokee to fit just about any want, need or budget. The choices will be even greater later in 2013, when Jeep will introduce a turbodiesel model, offering even better fuel economy with the Grand’s already excellent 7400-lb towing capacity.


Porsche Cayenne

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageWhile most of the selections on this list were targeted to the “99-Percent” dads, we thought we’d throw a bone to the 1-percent dads too. And for well-to-do family men, it’s hard to do better than the Porsche Cayenne. Even the base V-6 model offers decent performance, but the one to have, assuming your bank account can handle it, is the Cayenne Turbo or Turbo S model. Be forewarned, it will blow past the six-figure mark without blinking, but will also blow past 60 in just 4.3 seconds. If you like the idea of owning a Cayenne, but still have some nagging rich guilt, consider the turbodiesel model, which will likely top 26 mpg highway. And if you can afford the Porsche Cayenne, the chances are you can also afford some recreational toys. And the Cayenne is more than up to the task with a no-nonsense 7700 lb towing capacity.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Our Top 10 New Cars for Dads – What Would Yours Be? imageAs the decades progressed, the Toyota Land Cruiser steadily moved away from its basic, functional roots, and ultimately became a premium-priced luxury SUV. Sensing there might be a market for a more affordable, basic SUV along the lines of the Jeep Wrangler, Toyota introduced the FJ Cruiser in 2007. Priced a little below $30,000, the Toyota FJ Cruiser combines retro-inspired style from the original FJ40 Land Cruiser with modern-day mechanicals from the Toyota 4Runner SUV. If you’re looking at it from the standpoint of pure practicality, the more conventional 4Runner is probably a better choice. But the 4Runner can’t match the FJ Cruiser’s unique style and personality.
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I would love a new Cherokee!
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I wouldn\'t mind a CTS-V.
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