The most classic American sports car is perfect for a classic American dad. The newest Corvette comes in a variety of models, from the super cool Stingray to the powerful Z06, each delivering impressive power and handling. The Corvette will certainly make the other dads jealous.
For a dad on a budget who still wants a perfect escape machine, the Mazda MX-5 means spirited top-down driving. The MX-5 can serve as a new hobby, joining other owners for track days or just weekend drives. Although small, it fits taller drivers well, and has excellent handling dynamics.
For the dad who doesn't want to blend with the sea of BMW 4 Series drivers out there, the Infiniti Q60 offers a stylish and extremely capable alternative to the German sports coupe.
Available with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine pumping out 400 horsepower, the Q60 makes quick work of straights, yet also has a chassis capable of precisely carving through twisty roads. If four-seasons drivability is also important to dear old dad, the Q60 is available with all-wheel drive.
The Dodge Challenger's retro looks may just be the ticket to plant a smile on any Mopar-loving dad's face. Challenger offerings range from mild to wild with a V6 engine on base level cars available with all-wheel drive in the GT models, to the crazy-powerful Hellcat packing a 707-horsepower supercharged V8. And if dad's an old-school drag racer from way back, you might even want to splurge, and order him an SRT Demon.
No matter what engine dad gets in his Challenger, this pony car offers real-world practicality with a backseat capable of carrying two adults and a monstrous trunk.
For the dad with executive style, the new BMW 5 Series makes an excellent choice. BMW always leads in slightly conservative styling with its sedans, while slipping in a little performance flair, and the 5 Series is no exception. Better yet, this new model feels light on its feet while exuding presence.
BMW makes a range of drivetrains available to further hit the personality of the executive dad, from a powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine to a more reasonable four-cylinder, and all the way up to a plug-in electric hybrid, adding green credibility to this performance machine. Meanwhile, cabin electronics support deep integration with calendars and contacts, making sure he never misses a meeting.
Is your dad a surprisingly well-dressed guy who still insists on wearing sensible shoes? The Buick Envision can appreciate your papa's balanced-to-the-penny checkbook style.
This midsize crossover's best attributes are its classy yet not showy styling and its extremely quiet cabin. With your choice of a 2.0-liter turbocharged or a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, dad will have just enough power underfoot without endangering his unblemished driving record.
If dad's a bit of an iconoclast and a fan of clean design, have we got the ride for your pater familias. This is Volvo's V90 Cross Country. It's a lifted all-wheel-drive station wagon, and it's the thinking dad's SUV alternative.
Not only does this Volvo deliver great space, solid performance and good fuel economy, it has a flat-out gorgeous cabin, with a striking, essentialist aesthetic that never feels sterile. As a choice in today's sea of premium utility vehicles, it's a little left of center -- just like dad.
Dads with a yen for the outdoors will appreciate the go-anywhere Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Front and rear differential lockers mean he can climb over pretty much any size obstacle. The 3.6-liter V6 engine gets plenty of power to all four wheels and it's the only vehicle on this list with removable doors. Bonus!
Any dad working in the high-tech sector will appreciate the Tesla Model S. At the cutting edge of electric vehicle development, the Model S boasts impressive range and the ability to recharge quickly from one of Tesla's many Supercharger stations. The type-A high-tech dad will want the Model S in P100D trim, with its Ludicrous acceleration mode, while the more sensible will be happy with the standard 90D, boasting all-wheel-drive and over 300 miles of range.
Beyond the electric drive, the Model S features other leading technologies in the automotive space, from active safety systems to connected dashboard electronics.