Sometimes Dads need to have a little fun, so this article is devoted to the Best Cars for Dads. How did we select these models? The simple answer is that they have to be fun-to-drive, good-looking, and comfortable. It also helps that they all get great marks from automotive experts, and are cars Dads either aspire to own or covet.

  • Chevrolet CorvetteOkay, not every Dad may have a Corvette at the top of his best car list, but if you ask him, Dad may smile and get that gleam in his eye. Why? Corvette is an American icon of pure horsepower chevrolet_corvette_2009and performance, a sexy machine that makes short work of competitors near and far (from any shore). Edmunds says it’s “one of the world’s best-known and longest-running nameplates,” and is “an outright bargain when compared to sports cars from Europe.” Available in base Corvette, Z06 and ZR1 models, the horsepower ranges from 430 (base), 505 (Z06) to 638 (ZR1). Raves, according to Edmunds, include “strong performance, comfortable ride, eye-catching style, affordability and relatively impressive fuel economy.” Cons include “mediocre cupholder and storage provisions, ho-hum interior materials and the car’s lack of nimbleness compared to other competing European sports cars.” Corvette is a Consumer Guide Best Buy Pick, and editors rave, “Corvette is fast fun. These are reasonably practical sports cars that cost thousands less than rivals with similar performance.”
  • Audi A5Dads want luxury and a sporty style, and they get all that and more in the Audi A5. Edmunds says “its combination of striking good looks, all-wheel drive Audi_A5_2008and everyday practicality is hard to ignore.” Introduced in 2008, the midsize Audi A5 is powered by a 265-hp 3.2-liter direct-injected V-6 engine. Pros, according to Edmunds, include “standout styling, crisp handling, rich interior, standard all-wheel drive,” and cons include “expensive for its segment, artificial steering feel.” New Car Test Drive opines “other cars may excel at a given quality or quantity, but few can match the overall balance afforded by the affordable A5.” U.S. News and World Report calls it “elegant, lavish, and all-around satisfying – especially on the road.”
  • Infiniti G37 Dad can get the Infiniti G37 as a coupe, sedan or convertible and, as U.S. News and World Report says, “G37 is one of the most spirited performers in a class full of great drivers’ cars – and often a better bargain than the BMW.” Power for this luxury sport vehicle comes from a 330-hp 3.7-liter V-6 engine. According to Infiniti_G37_Coupe__2008Edmunds, “the rear-wheel drive G37 will deliver you to work in luxury during the week and then clip apexes all weekend without breaking a sweat.” Edmunds’ cons include “cramped rear seat, manual gearbox’s abrupt gear-engagement, optional four-wheel steering muddles feedback.”

Other Best Cars for Dads include BMW 1-Series, Jaguar XK Series, Porsche Boxster and Cayman, and Mercedes Benz SL-Class.

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