Whether you’re a dad who simply needs a car to get from A to B or a petrol-head who loves life in the fast lane, you’ll need a practical, reliable car to drive the kids around. Here’s a guide to ten of the very best cars for dads. There’s something to suit all families – big and small – so take a look at the list to see which one will fit your lifestyle best.
The all-new Nissan Pathfinder, due for release in 2013, is the perfect car for a big family. With 7 seats and loads of storage space, you can fit the kids, their friends and everything that comes with them, in this SUV. The Pathfinder will be offered in either front wheel drive or four wheel drive, so it’s great for driving in all environments.
It’s the simple, reliable and practical hatchback with a reputation for being safe and efficient. Spacious but not unnecessarily large, the newest version of the Fiesta has the latest in safety technology, and looks great. The Fiesta is a great choice for a small family looking for a runaround.
If you’re an eco-friendly family looking for a car to fit your busy lifestyle, the hybrid Toyota Prius is a great option. Suitable for both inner-city and highway driving, the hybrid switches between electric and gas power sources. You can pick up a second hand Prius for around $25,000, and you’ll save money on fuel in the long run!
Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon
The Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon is the perfect car for a father who needs a multi-functional vehicle for both business and pleasure. Marketed as a ‘quality’ car which your ‘family can rely on’, the all-new Cruze Station Wagon looks great and handles well. Available in different specifications, you can customize your car with Chevrolet’s range of accessories.
If you’ve got a bit of money to play around with, the BMW X5 handles extremely well for a 4×4, and looks just as good as it feels. Versatile and equipped with the latest safety technology, this car will keep you and the kids safe and will make you the envy of all the other dads!
It’s reliable, stylish and family-friendly. The Volvo C30 isn’t the largest of Volvo’s on the market but it’s perfect for dads with young families. Keep the little ones safe in the C30, as Volvo’s are renowned for their excellent safety ratings and durability.
Toyota Land Cruiser
This 4×4 Toyota is ideal for dads of sports-crazed kids, as you’ll never struggle to fit all their sports equipment in. It doesn’t look as sleek as the BMW X5, but it’s practical, built to last and drives on every terrain.
Perfect for a business dad, the Dodge Charger certainly looks the part. It’s powerful so you can put your foot down on the highway, but it’s also family-friendly. Complete with all the most up to date safety features, and perfect for inner-city driving, the dodge makes for a stylish yet practical option.
MINI Cooper Countryman
The MINI isn’t renowned for being a spacious family vehicle, but the MINI Countryman makes for the perfect small but sturdy family car. If you’re a new parent, this MINI is the perfect introduction to 4×4’s. Avoid gas-guzzling SUV’s and opt for a stylish, reliable runaround. The trunk is deceptively spacious, and it scores well on the safety front.
Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
Last but by no means least, this eco-friendly Volkswagen is small for a 4×4. It gives you all the benefits of a four wheel drive, along with the guilt-free feeling which comes with driving a hybrid. Buying a Volkswagen could be the best move for your family, as they’re safe, reliable and have a fantastic family-friendly reputation.