The Cars We’d Buy Our Dads for Father’s Day

The Cars We’d Buy Our Dads for Father’s Day

Road Test Editor Mike Schlee's Picks

My dad isn’t really into cars. In fact, you couldn’t find someone less interested in cars. He loves road trips and joins me every summer on our annual charity rally, but we could be driving a 1994 Cavalier and it would all be the same to him. He just wants a vehicle that can get him from point A to point B, comfortably and carry a lot of gear. Some of his more recent vehicles included a Kia Rondo, a GMC Safari and a Pontiac 6000-LE wagon. It is hard buying fantasy vehicles for someone not really interested in them, but here are my choices.

As you can see, there is a history of wagons or vans in our family that dates back to around the time I was born. The first wagon I remember, a Mercury Zephyr, could quite possibly be the worst vehicle my dad ever owned, but did not deter him from these practical haulers.

After my dad took an early retirement, he briefly worked as a car shuttler for a local GM dealership. It was around the time the very first CTS sedans were arriving on dealership floors. He was tasked with driving one across town and this was the only time I ever heard my dad say “Wow, what a really nice car, I really like it!” So, a brand-new Cadillac CTS Wagon 3.6 AWD would be perfect for him as it could haul stuff up to the cottage in the summer and plow through snow in the winter.


As I mentioned, my dad is not much of a car person, but is big on road trips. So what better vehicle for him than a manageable-sized RV? Say a C-Class Winnebago. He could take all the luxuries of home with him on his next road trip. Just make sure a satellite dish is installed so he can keep up on his sports.

  • Dad

    Hi Mike,
    just wondering if the RV can tow the CTS on trips???
    – Dad

  • MistyGreen

    A Spark! That’s what it is. Man, that was killing me. didn’t know it had such a short rear overhang. Who’s buying that for dad?? 🙂

  • Mike Schlee

    Should be able to no problem. I’ll get you a car dolly.

  • R. Lougheed

    Ironically, I probably have fonder memories of that Safari than your dad does. Who knew such a practical vehicle was also capable of burnouts?! Oh, hi Mr. Schlee!

  • Mike Schlee

    And snow drifts. Don’t forget those.