As any man progresses through fatherhood the realization may hit him that your prized sports car will never be able to accommodate the everyday needs of your growing family and you will need to trade it in for a way more practical (and, you may feel, dull ideal family vehicle). But do not despair, as you shed a tear yearning for those pre-dad hood driving glories, help is at hand!
The average age of a new father in the USA has increased by three-and-a-half years in the past 44 years, according to a Stanford University report, up to 30.9 years from 27.4 years old.
There are many varieties of cars that will suit the needs of dads of all ages, and we have picked out what we consider to be the most practical and fun rides that you will be only too happy to be seen driving - presenting the very best family cars for the three ages and stages of fatherhood!
Age And Stage One: The Best Car For Young New Dads
If you are a newer dad who still has a need for speed (and safety, of course), you will be drooling just like your new baby in anticipation, at the thought of driving a Porsche – well who wouldn’t? The Porsche Cayenne broke the mold and became the premier performance vehicle for cross-over sport utility vehicles (SUVs) when it was first produced in 2002, and the 2019 version has a top-speed of a blistering 152 mph and does 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds!
The Third Generation Porsche Cayenne 2019 provides plenty of room for babies and small children, and what a great way to ease into fatherhood driving responsibilities
Fun Fact: In 2017, a Porsche Cayenne S Diesel towed an Air France Airbus A380 over a distance of 42-metres at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, setting a new Guinness World Records title for the heaviest aircraft pull by a production car, by a margin of 115-tonnes!
Age And Stage Two - The Best Car For Dads Of Teens and Teens
The second stage of your fatherhood is between your thirties and forties, when driving responsibilities may well involve your family traveling longer distances with tweens and teens, for many more outside child and family activities. So you’ll need a rugged and versatile multitasking machine that can provide extra space, protection and versatility for your growing family. According to the 2010 census, there are more than seven million families with three or more children, so if you add friends, dogs and a boat into your driving mix, it is easy to see why and you can see why there is demand for vehicles like these.
If this is your situation we can certainly recommend the 2018 GMC Yukon XL SLT as a handsome option, with optional four-wheel drive, three rows of seats that can accommodate six to nine people; plus, over 34 inches of legroom to suit lanky young teens, and options to increase cargo volume to over 39 feet.
This car will make you imagine that you are driving VIPs in a security detail like Jack Bauer in an episode of TV’s 24 as you arrive at your children’s soccer practice!
Age And Stage Three: The Best Car For Empty Nester Dads
By this stage, you may be in your fifties or older, and your children may have flown the coop, gone to college or even got married. You are no longer the taxi, ferry or cargo driver for the family - now you are more like a family ambassador, visiting your kids and their significant others and their families for events.
So you want to travel in style and comfort, in a vehicle that rewards you for all the effort and time that you have put into your fatherhood journey. Something that is exciting to drive like a sports car, but you don’t want to be the tacky older dude who drives an exorbitant sports car either.
So combine class with all the horsepower you want with a four-door sports car - our recommendation is the 2018 Audi S5 Sport back, which is a spacious wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing, offering up to 333HP and all-wheel drive performance for a thrilling drive. This sleek and powerful vehicle is quick off the mark, offering 0-60mph in just 5.3 seconds, but you have seating for five, an easy loading hatchback and up to 35 cubic feet of cargo space with the back seat folded.
Fun Fact: Voted the best luxury small car by numerous car review sites in 2017!
We hope that we have shown that just because you have the responsibilities and duties of fatherhood, that does not mean that one of your major pastimes cannot remain as much fun as in your single days.
What are the favorite family cars that you have driven during your fatherhood journey? Let us know in the comments below. Happy driving!