10 Midlife Crisis Cars To Get Dad For Father’s Day
The Best Dad Cars For Mid-Life Crisis Afflicted Fathers
Updated October 6, 2018
Let’s face it. We’ve put our dads through hell. If you’re here on autowise.com, it means your hobby is likely expensive, you’ve kept your dad’s car out after curfew, maybe gotten busy in the back seat of the family sedan, brought the car home with an empty tank, and your father has put up with all your bullshit. After all, you’re still here, aren’t you?
So how should you reward Pops? What gift would send that silver-haired fox over the moon? A new tie doesn’t cut it these days, and you got him golf club covers the last three years in a row. Stop being such a cheapass and get him something he’s going to appreciate longer than a lapdance.
Here are 10 cars that Consumer Reports thinks are great midlife crisis father’s day gifts in case you want to give a little thank you for changing your oil through college. Though we would say 4 of these actually fit a midlife crisis. What are your thoughts?
The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn’t a typical vehicle you’ll find on a list like this. But don’t dismiss it yet. The Grand Cherokee is an excellent choice for Dad to take you on all those fishing and camping trips you blew off in your teen years. A nimble, controlled ride, off-road abilities, and an upscale soft-touch interior are just a few of the reasons Dad is going to love it. Top it all off with an optional 6.4 liter engine in the SRT model to turn back the clock on his age.
Maybe your dad would prefer something a little sportier, like the Hyundai Genesis. He’ll love the screaming 3.8 liter V6 as he rips through the streets of Suburbia, and appreciate the handling, provided in part by the electronic stability control. As long as he’s not picking up his love-child from soccer practice, that is. The back seat isn’t really spacious enough for a young family.
Another option from Hyundai is the Equus. A flagship sedan can make that father figure feel like a powerful man. At least as much as a Hyundai can provide. Equipped quite luxuriously inside and having features like adaptive cruise control, the sedan still drives like a Hyundai. It could use some refinement in the suspension, so make sure Dad doesn’t mistake it for a Mercedes.
The Ford Mustang is the car he dreamed of having before knocking up your mom and killing all his youthful dreams. The modern Mustang kicks things up a notch, kind of like paying interest since the day you ruined his life. The new ‘Stang pays homage to ‘the good ol’ days’ with the return of rear independent suspension and a 5.0 liter engine. Yup, the 5 liter is back. Other options are the 300-horse 3.7 V6 and the 310-hp 4 cylinder turbo, but Dad really wants the big V8.
Seeming out of place on the list is the Ford Fusion. Again, don’t knock it until you try it. The Fusion feels like a European sports sedan like a BMW 3 series or Mercedes C-Class. Well-endowed on the inside and sharply dressed on the outside.The 2.0 liter engine provides pep, especially combined with all wheel drive in the top tier version.
Another throwback to Dad’s high school days is the Dodge Challenger. It’s the car he knocked up your mom in because ladies can’t keep their panties on around it. The new Challenger takes notes from its predecessor and cues from current technology to put out one of the hottest modern American muscle cars on the road. Engine options range from a puny V6, up to the Hemi 5.7 liter V8 and the 707-hp 6.2 liter supercharged V8 in the Hellcat.
Another option from the Chrysler umbrella is the 300C. A flagship sedan again, with interior space for 5 adults comfortably and all the amenities an aging boy could want. The 5.7-liter Hemi will make Papa feel youthful and spry on the way to his Canasta tournament with the other seniors. Pair it with an 8-speed transmission for the smoothest ride he could ask for. No need to inflame is joints unnecessarily, right?
Still leaning toward American muscle? You could get big savings on the out-going 2015 Camaro. Ride and handling are sporty, and the poor view through the rear window won’t matter when your dad is leaving all the other traffic in the dust. Engine choices are quite varied. The V6 3.7 liter is a miser and takes away from the pleasure of the Camaro experience. Spring for the ZL1 or Z28 models for top-of-the-line V8 power and a driving rush that will leave a smile on Dad’s face right through his next heart attack.
Maybe he prefers an iconic name like Cadillac. The ATS is an excellent alternative to the more expensive German sport sedans. A responsive suspension and steering make the ATS a thrill to drive, especially when paired with the twin-turbo V6 with 464 horsies in the ATS-V model. Other less irresponsible options are available too, like the 2.0 four-cylinder turbo, the 2.5 liter four cylinder and the 3.6 liter V6. The interior is well-appointed with enough features to make your tech-retarded father frustrated.
Buick is last on the list but certainly not the least. It’s not your grandfather’s Regal anymore. The newest version of the Regal caresses the driver on the inside with luxurious feeling materials and up-to-date tech features to make driving a Buick thrill. Even the 259-hp 2.0 liter engine feels peppy enough to save a few minutes getting to the Tuesday seniors special at IHOP.
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