Yes, buyers will give up some rear seat room in some dimensions, but not as much as one might think. And in return, not only does the A5 Sprotback offer a more handsome shape, it's got a much larger trunk, too.
We've called this pure-electric five-door hatchback, "The best EV you can buy this side of Tesla," and we mean it. In fact, from a build quality and ease-of-serviceability standpoint, it's likely even better.
The rear- or all-wheel-drive fastback five-door is available with a plenty-powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but the GT is the pick of the litter. It features a smooth and eager 365-horsepower 3.3-liter turbocharged V6.
Starting at under $32,000 (plus delivery) for a base four-cylinder model and rocketing to just over $50,000 for a loaded GT2 AWD model before options, the Stinger offers performance that's better than some European luxury offerings that costs tens of thousands more.
Available with a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder or as a hybrid gas-electric model, the Accord is a remarkably well-mannered family sedan, simultaneously pegging both our fun-to-drive and efficiency meters.
It also happens to be a supremely capable machine both on- and off-road. Yes, other models in the Land Rover family will ultimately be harder-core off-road, but the Velar has more capability than 99.9 percent of owners will ever ask of it.
A base Velar starts just shy of $50,000 (plus delivery) for the 2.0-liter gas four, but that's just the tip of a very large iceberg. You're going to want to skip over the optional diesel engine and go straight for the 3.0-liter V6, which puts out 380 supercharged horses. Add in a few choice option packages and you're staring down well over $70,000-worth of SUV without even trying.
Land Rover models have historically fallen down when it comes to infotainment, but the company's new Touch Pro Duo twin-screen system is leagues better than what's been offered in LR products in the past.
It could still benefit from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, but it's snappy, reasonably well laid out, and beautiful to look at.
All-new from the ground-up for 2018 and boasting a lighter and stronger aluminum-intensive architecture, the new Expedition is powered by Ford's 3.5-liter twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost V6 generating 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
That's unless you've splurged on the top-of-the-line Platinum trim, which gooses output to 400 hp and 480 pound-feet, plenty for towing up to 9,300 pounds.
The Miata may not be a particularly fast sports car, but it is among the most pure, communicative and forgiving cars extant, and it's an absolute unbridled joy to drive.
In fact, some Roadshow staffers swear a box-stock Miata is more fun to drive than far costlier and more powerful roadsters from companies like BMW and Porsche, if only because it's exhilarating to push the car's lower limits more of the time.
If you prefer something with a hardtop, for some additional cash, Mazda will also sell you a Miata RF, which features a power retractable roof and its own unique flying-buttressed look. We'd probably pass on the RF, though, as it doesn't quite deliver the same fully top-down experience.
The Miata's tight, driver-focused cabin is purposefully spare. Material choices are much better than in previous generations, but they're still nothing to write home about.
The Miata's interior does get the important things right, though -- pedal placement, short-throw gearbox, just-right steering wheel, and lightweight but comfortable seats. The manual top (remember those?) is a cinch to raise or lower from the driver's seat.
A base Miata Sport starts at $26,645, and a top-trim Grand Touring model starts at $31,270 (all prices sans options and delivery).
Dad plays hard, but he doesn't want a full-size pickup, you say? Allow us to direct you to the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.
True, a unibody-based vehicle like the Honda Ridgeline might offer more car-like handling and a more refined ride, but if your Pop likes to get out and hit the trails hardcore, he'll be better off with something like this Tacoma TRD Pro.
With heavy-duty Fox shocks, raised ground clearance and knobby tires, the Taco TRD Pro will be hard to stop off-road.
Lower-end Tacomas come with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder churning out 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. However, the 3.5-liter V6, which delivers 278 hp and 265, is the engine your dad will want if he has more than commuting on his mind.