Top 10 Cars for Dads
Dads work hard for their families and deserve their due. What better way to celebrate and honor them on Father’s Day than to highlight the 10 cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs that dads consider most desirable. Following are the 10 premium and mass market models that score the highest among men 30-59 years old and who identify themselves as practical buyers—a typical dad profile—in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.SM
The Infiniti QX50 achieves the highest overall score in the 2015 U.S. APEAL Study among men in the 30-59 age range who consider themselves practical buyers. For 2016, the 5-seat premium midsize SUV gets 4 more inches of rear legroom. The QX50 is powered by a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that makes 325 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque that is mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Loaded with amenities and safety features—including an advanced air bag system and rear-seat child safety features—the QX50 offers comfort and audiophile sound packages.
No longer in the lineup, the Infiniti Q40 premium midsize car, formerly the G37, earns high scores for performance, made possible in part by a V-6 engine mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission that produces 328 horsepower. Quick to accelerate with precise handling, the 5-seat Q40 features upscale cabin features and an array of safety systems, including night vision, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning. The 2017 Q30 premium compact hatchback debuts this year as a replacement.
Looks and performance please male owners of Audi’s flagship A8 large premium car, available in long-wheelbase A8 L or standard-wheelbase S8 format for 2016. The Sport trim is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 435 energetic horses and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds, according to Audi. The 2016 A8 L pampers with leather, aluminum, and wood cabin. An Executive Rear Seat package with footrest and massage is optional. Sunshades and a Bose surround-sound audio system are standard.
Infiniti powers its 7-passenger 2016 QX80 large premium SUV with a 400-horsepower engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission that provides oomph to enter freeways. The interior of the QX80, which achieves the same overall score as the Audi A8, delights male buyers. Three-row seating is comfortable, and audio sound is appreciated by its buyers. Leather and wood attracts indulgent male owners. Scores for the QX80 in the interior and seats categories of the study were some of the highest among our profiled group.
Land Rover Range Rover
Brawny luxury describes the Land Rover Range Rover premium large SUV that seats 5 in penthouse style. Power comes from a supercharged V-6 engine that generates 340 horsepower with an 8-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel drive. A new turbodiesel and a supercharged 550-horsepower V-8 are optional. A capable off- and on-road hauler, the Range Rover averages 29 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. For safety, an advanced Vision Assist package is available as is a towing package.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe, which may ultimately become part of the new Genesis luxury brand lineup, delights male owners with its exterior looks and interior comfort, based on 2015 U.S. APEAL Study results. With enough room for kids in the back seat, the midsize premium car boasts a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that delivers 348 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. A 6.0-in. color display is the core of the infotainment system.
Kia’s Sedona midsize van delights dads with sporty, rugged looks and a family-centric cabin. The Sedona seats 8 and has such safety options as blind-spot monitoring and rear camera. Powered by a V-6 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission that produces 276 horsepower, the Sedona averages an EPA-rated 25 mpg on the highway. It can provide 158 cu. ft. of cargo space and is available with first-class lounge seating and third-row configurations geared for kids.
Practical men are pleased with the Chevrolet Suburban large SUV that can seat 9. Redesigned in 2015, the Suburban has been produced since 1935. Among the five highest-scoring non-premium models with our profile group, the 2016 Suburban offers a host of luxury and safety features and is EPA-rated to average 23 mpg on the highway when powered by a standard 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes 355 horsepower. Smartphone connectivity is standard and an 8-in. touch-screen display is new on the family hauler.
Like the Suburban, the Chevrolet Tahoe was redone for the 2015 model year and scores among the top five mass market models that most delight dads. Safety, technology, and comfort features such as the Advanced Driver Alert offer family protection. The Suburban’s 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine is mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A fold-flat third row is great for home improvement cargo. A retro front bench seat brings total passenger capacity to 9, and Sun and Fun and entertainment packages are also available.
This 5-seat midsize family sedan is among the top five most dad-pleasing non-premium models. Refreshed for 2016, the Altima is powered by a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with a continuously variable transmission and is EPA-rated at 27 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway. The car’s re-tuned suspension makes for a smoother ride on family outings. The Altima also earns a “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).