Becoming a dad is the best time in a man's life — except when it comes to car buying. Practical concerns intrude upon that beautiful relationship between driver and machine. The next car will no doubt be roomier, less responsive and a little less fun than what came before...sort of like dad himself, if we're being honest.
But getting that family-friendly car does not mean you must go full-on Chevy Traverse or Chrysler Pacifica. There are still perfectly serviceable dad vehicles out there that manage to be cool and fun while meeting kid-porting specifications and not irreparably gouging their college funds.
Here are eight sensible dad cars for people who like cars.
The Jeep Wrangler is perhaps the most capable off-roader out there and more popular than ever. Much of that is because Jeep stretched it to four doors and made it a quite serviceable family car. And hey, there's now a plug-in-hybrid version that can do EV-powered school runs.
Owning a minivan can feel like the ultimate automotive capitulation. But if you have one, you need one — and the Toyota Sienna still feels a bit cool. A hybrid powerplant comes standard. So does all-wheel drive. You get a little JDM-styling with the bold front grille. Toyota even has a lift kit for it.
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