Top Ten Most Popular Cars for Dads
Shopping for an extra special gift for Dad on Father’s Day? We’ve got the inside track on the most popular cars for dads: Based on 2011 data received from men with children about the cars they drive, the findings show that Dads have similar concerns as Moms when it comes to transporting their families.
Forget about getting Dad a sports car, unlike the list of cars that men prefer, dads are not concerned with speed as much as they are with practical cargo space. Fathers need a fuel-efficient car for commuting/work and weekend activities. And while they do want brawn, they need a back seat, proven by the large number of sedans.
It’s not surprising to discover that three trucks make the list, but you might be surprised to discover that minivans aren’t just for moms: two minivans made the list of cars that are most popular with dads, and they also happen to be the most expensive of the 10 vehicles on the list.
Ready to get the lowdown on what cars are most popular with dads? It’s all here. We've also provided the vehicle’s market average[i] and current potential discount off of MSRP[ii] to give car buyers context on how that vehicle’s price is trending in the automotive marketplace.
MSRP: $34,015 / Market Average: $32,118
Potential discount: 5.6% or $1,897
The Toyota Sienna is the most expensive vehicle on the list, and the first of two minivans preferred by Dads. And why not? Toyota completely redesigned the third-generation Sienna family van in 2011 to cater to traditional family van needs with a sharper focus on comfort, versatility, style, and fuel efficiency. Powered by 266-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to an electronically controlled six-speed transmission with sequential shift, the Toyota Sienna promises EPA-estimated mileage ratings of 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway. Dad can transport up to seven passengers and their gear, thanks to a cargo capacity of 150 total cubic feet of space with all the seats down, 87.1 cubic feet behind the second row, and 39.1 cubic feet behind the third-row seat.
MSRP: $23,415 / Market Average: $19,851
Potential discount: 15.2% or $3,564
The Ram 1500 is powered by a standard 215-horsepower/3.7-liter V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and offers three bed lengths, three cab styles and 11 trim levels making it a versatile choice for a dad who needs a vehicle for work and play. The least expensive truck on the list, the Ram boasts a versatile cargo management system featuring weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built right into the into bed rails and promises fuel economy of 14 city, 20 highway, 16.8 combined.
MSRP: $32,300 / Market Average: $30,658
Potential discount: 5.1% or $1,642
Selling at a market average of $30,658, the Honda Pilot midsize SUV is one of the most expensive vehicle on the list of popular cars for dads. The Pilot, which ranks eighth overall, also ranks in the top five among Dads with two or more kids, largely attributable to its ability to carry up to eight passengers and 18 cubic feet of cargo. Lower the third row, and you’ve still got spacious room for five, and 47.7 cubic feet of cargo. Its 250-horsepower/3.4-liter V-6 engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission to offer fuel economy of 18 city, 25 highway, and 21.3 combined miles per gallon.
MSRP: $23,980 / Market Average: $22,813
Potential discount: 4.9% or $1,167
Powered by a 268-horsepower/3.5-Liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Toyota Camry boasts some of the best fuel economy ratings on this list with 25 city, 35 highway, and 29.7 mpg combined. The affordable Camry offers a practical dad room for five passengers inside and 15.4 cubic feet of their stuff in the trunk.
MSRP: $21,445 / Market Average: $20,374
Potential discount: 5.0% or $1,071
The least expensive car on the list, the popular Honda Civic is big on fuel economy, but compact on trunk space. Boasting fuel economy rated at 28 city, 39 highway, and 33.1 combined miles per gallon but only 12.5 cubic feet of storage, making the Civic the smallest among the most popular cars for dads.
MSRP: $31,550 / Market Average: $27,730
Potential discount: 12.1% or $3,820
Currently the best-selling model in 2012, Ford’s F-150 is big, powerful, and versatile featuring multiple cab styles, four engine choices, and several trims to choose from, which means America’s best selling truck provides many practical options for dads. The Ford F-150 comes standard with a 3.7-liter, six-cylinder engine that generates 302 horsepower and promises fuel economy of 17 city, 23 highway, and 19.8 mpg combined.
MSRP: $32,455 / Market Average: $30,301
Potential discount: 6.6% or $2,154
Coming in fourth overall, it’s not a surprise that the Honda Odyssey ranked the highest among dads (and moms too) with two or more kids, thanks to its ability to hold up to eight people as well as 38.4 cubic-feet of cargo (or up to 148.5 cubic feet behind the front seats). Completely redesigned for 2012, the Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management to offer fuel economy rated at 18 city, 27 highway, and 22.0 combined miles per gallon.
MSRP: $25,520 / Market Average: $24,676
Potential discount: 3.3% or $844
Powered by a 274-horsepower/2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a paddle-shifted automatic transmission, the Hyundai Sonata in sporty SE trim is the third most popular car for dads. With room for five inside, the trunk holds up to 16.4 cubic feet of stuff, Fuel economy is rated at 22 city, 34 highway, and 27.3 mpg combined.
MSRP: $28,445 / Market Average: $26,428
Potential discount: 7.1% or $2,017
Offering roomy comfort for five, the Honda Accord sedan also boasts a roomy trunk that can hold up to 14.7 cubic feet of cargo. Powered by a 190-horsepower/2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, the Honda Accord promises fuel economy rated at 23 city, 34 highway, and 28.0 combined miles per gallon.
MSRP: $30,920 / Market Average: $27,277
Potential discount: 11.8% or $3,643
The number one most popular vehicle with dads is the mighty Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck. The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado is versatile and offers a variety of cab and bed options to serve any dad’s needs. The Chevrolet Silverado comes standard with a 195-horsepower/4.3-liter, six-cylinder engine that promises fuel economy of 14 city, 19 highway, and 16.4 combined.
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[i]Market Average is estimated based on the national average of recent vehicle transactions, including destination and delivery charges after incentives that are subject to change, but does not include tax, title, licensing, documentation or processing fees, other state and governmental charges and/or fees, or any other charges or fees allowed by law.
[ii]Percent Discount is rounded to the nearest tenth.