When picking a car for your dad, you probably don’t want a ride that looks like a monster truck but doesn’t fit your budget. You might even want to consider a mid-sized pick up truck for him, if he would like that. If you’re out of ideas or have a limited budget, you can still find a car that meets your needs. After buying the car (or truck), you still might want a few additional upgrades like a retractable tonneau cover, for instance. However, for the time being, we’ve compiled a list of cars that would meet your needs, but also be within your budget.
- Kia Stinger
When you’re a father of a young one, you have to prioritise your time wisely. You want to spend quality time with your child, but you also want to get your work done. That’s why you need a great car that will provide you with the performance and safety you need to get your job done fast without sacrificing your child’s safety. The Kia Stinger is a cool compact sedan that’s not too big nor too small. It’s not flashy, but it has enough razzle-dazzle to make it an attractive car to a lot of people.
If you’re a self-proclaimed car nerd, you probably already know a lot about the Kia Stinger. But if you don’t, you should know that it’s a 2-door sedan hand-built in Korea. It has a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. It’s one of the few cars that can actually be considered a performance sedan.
- Ford F-150
Ford’s redesigned F-150 pickup truck is a big step up from the “old” model. The F-150 now features a 4.3-liter EcoBoost engine and a new 6-speed computer-controlled automatic transmission that features ‘feather-touch automatic shifting for all gears and manual shifting capability for four driving speeds. A more efficient turbo diesel engine is optional, and the new F-150 also has a maximum payload of 2,200 lbs.
- Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 is a small SUV that competes with Ford’s Edge, GM’s MKC, and other small sport utility vehicles with 4-door utility styling. The Q5 is over-engineered and heavy, both in terms of weight and power. Although the Q5 is a popular car for women, it’s not one that attracts the larger male demographic. The Q5 is used by business professionals in Europe but is also a popular choice for the younger, trendier demographic.
The Audi Q5 is the only SUV in Audi’s lineup, and it’s one of the most expensive models in the premium crossover segment. This means it’s going to cost a pretty penny, but there’s a good reason: it’s a great car. The base model starts at $45,000, and it gets you all the benefits of a crossover that you need without sacrificing the class-leading Audi design. It comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission.
- Volkswagen Golf GTI
The Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the most popular cars in the world. Since its inception, it has been a staple of the VW lineup, and the GTI version has been the bestseller since it was first introduced in 1974. The Golf GTI has a lot of going for it: it’s a large, comfortable car with a roomy cabin and a powerful yet efficient engine. It comes with a high level of standard features that make it a great buy for car enthusiasts.
- Chrysler Pacifica
If you can’t tell by the title, I am a father and have been for 20 years. I currently own two cars, an old 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 and a new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan. I have kids of my own, so Pacifica was the perfect fit for me. I read both The Fatherly Guide to Compact SUVs and The Fatherly Guide to Minivans and found them both helpful in making my decision. The Pacifica drives smoothly and looks great, and it was very affordable. The Fatherly Guide to Minivans says that “the all-new Pacifica is the best minivan yet,” while The Fatherly Guide to Compact SUVs says that the Pacifica is “a stellar.”
The Chrysler Pacifica is a seven-passenger minivan that has been selling for about a decade, and it has been a popular choice for families since its debut. The 2014 versions were completely redesigned, and they look very different from their predecessors, but regardless of minor cosmetic changes, the basic functionality of the Pacifica hasn’t changed much. The van has a long list of standard features, including 8.4-inch touchscreens for rear-seat entertainment and navigation, self-parking, and electronic keyless entry. It will also have a huge rear seat, great on-road performance, and a cavernous interior, all of which make the Pacifica a great family vehicle.