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14 Cars, Trucks and SUVs With Massive Cool-Dad Cred


September 17, 2018 Cars By

If you’re a parent and an automobile enthusiast, you’ve got decisions to make. We’ve recently covered out picks for Family Cars That Are Still Cool and even did a semi-scientific comparison to determine the Best Value Family Car you can buy today. Here are a few more to peruse if you’re not like a regular dad — you’re a cool dad. Cars, trucks and SUVs at all price points that you can cart kids around in easily, but also have enough luxury, sportiness and style to make you look like you know what’s up, whether at the next PTO meeting or in the office parking lot.

Cars and Wagons

This Is the Most Important Car Toyota Has Built In the 21st Century
This Is the Most Important Car Toyota Has Built In the 21st Century

The 2018 Toyota Corolla is not a performance car for the people. It's a car for the people that just happens to have performance.

This All-New, American All-Wheel-Drive Wagon Costs $15,000 Less than an Audi Allroad
This All-New, American All-Wheel-Drive Wagon Costs $15,000 Less than an Audi Allroad

The brand has come full circle: Buick wagons are back.

Jaguar XF S Sportbrake Review: This Sexy, Supercharged Wagon Makes Practicality Fun
Jaguar XF S Sportbrake Review: This Sexy, Supercharged Wagon Makes Practicality Fun

If you want fun and practicality, don't buy a crossover or SUV. Buy a wagon. Specifically this one.

2018 Mazda6 Signature Review: A New Approach to Affordable Mid-Sized Sedans
2018 Mazda6 Signature Review: A New Approach to Affordable Mid-Sized Sedans

Earlier this year Mazda announced it was 'moving upmarket.' But what does that even mean? The answer is the Mazda6 Signature.

The 2019 VW GTI Will Give You More For Your Money
The 2019 VW GTI Will Give You More For Your Money

Volkswagen just announced the changes for the 2019 Golf GTI and even though there's a price hike, the little hot hatch will still be a performance bargain.

The Upstart Genesis G70 Is a Truly Worthy BMW Competitor (Updated with Pricing)
The Upstart Genesis G70 Is a Truly Worthy BMW Competitor (Updated with Pricing)

Has the G70 got the chops to run with the BMW 3, the Mercedes C-Class, and Audi’s A4? Yeah, frankly, it does.

2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Review: 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque… In a Wagon
2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Review: 603 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque… In a Wagon

If this machine doesn’t push the pendulum of public taste back in the direction of the wagon, nothing will.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo Review: Who Exactly Buys an Aggressive, High-Performance Wagon?
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo Review: Who Exactly Buys an Aggressive, High-Performance Wagon?

This is, plain and simple, a superlative wagon for the non-stuffy sporting enthusiast who can stand to drop a couple hundred Large on a car his whole family can enjoy. It's total luxury, a lot...

Trucks and SUVs

2019 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 Review: A Truck That Makes the Statement You Pay For
2019 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 Review: A Truck That Makes the Statement You Pay For

More than a rebadged Silverado, the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali aims to be a commanding, opulent, and tech-savvy truck.

The New Audi Q3 Mimics the Style of the Big Q8 SUV
The New Audi Q3 Mimics the Style of the Big Q8 SUV

Audi redesigned the second generation compact Q3 SUV taking a heap of inspiration from the all-new Q8.

Lincoln’s Masterful New Aviator is the Rebounding Company’s Strongest Look Yet
Lincoln’s Masterful New Aviator is the Rebounding Company’s Strongest Look Yet

Lincoln Design Director David Woodhouse, during a walk-around preview of the new SUV ahead of the auto show, cited the Hughes H-1 Racer as a particular influence.

The 707-Horsepower Trackhawk Is an Accessible, Envelope-Pushing SUV
The 707-Horsepower Trackhawk Is an Accessible, Envelope-Pushing SUV

It’s a batshit crazy muscle car baked inside an excellent SUV, topped with handling capabilities that would surely elicit an eyebrow raise from even the sternest clipboard-wielding German engineer.

2019 Volvo XC40 Review: The Best Compact SUV You Can Buy
2019 Volvo XC40 Review: The Best Compact SUV You Can Buy

There is truly very, very little to dislike on the XC40.

My Family Thought Durangos Sucked. Could the 475-Horsepower SRT Change Their Mind?
My Family Thought Durangos Sucked. Could the 475-Horsepower SRT Change Their Mind?

Only a road trip to southern Vermont could answer the question for sure.

15 of the Worst Used Cars to Buy From 2007-2017

Consumer Reports has published a list of 108 of the worst used cars to buy from 2007-2017. Here’s just a fraction of the cars you should avoid. Read the Story