Three ways dad can have fun being a family man 6

Here are three wallet-friendly automobiles that deliver behind the wheel and still preserve dad’s “family man” status thanks to practicality, accessibility and at least four seats.


The 2018 BMW X3 M40i

The all-new M40i is arguably the most practical of BMW’s revered M Performance series and this is said with praise. While categorized in the small SUV market, this model still possesses nimble maneuverability, tight suspension, “Sport” driving modes, and the engine power justifying the “M Performance” label; in this case, 355 horses getting this compact luxury crossover to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Winning!

And besides the customary leather interior and expansive capacity thanks to 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, and a WiFi hotspot, here’s a standout function: adjusting the volume of the booming sound system with the twirl of a finger pointing towards the console. It’s mind-blowing and a great conversation starter. The future is officially here. The reasonable starting price of $54,300 certainly sweetens the deal. Counting other additions such as Apple CarPlay ($300); a wireless charging station ($500); adaptive M suspension ($700), and both the Premium ($2,950) and Executive ($2,550) Packages, the review model totaled $65,045.

Fuel Economy: 20 city/ 27 highway/ 23 combined

Base Price: $54,300/ $65,045 as reviewed

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2018 Mini Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

Applauded for its road-gripping “go kart” feel, sound engineering, and responsive maneuverability, the Mini Cooper line has well-maintained its solid reputation for decades. Well, thanks to the Countryman trim and peppy 221 horsepower output from its hybrid, all-wheel drive system, up to five adults can experience why it could be compared to an adrenaline shot on four wheels. Considering its other competitors in the subcompact SUV sector, the handsome 18-inch pin spoke black wheels; outstanding gas mileage (65 MPGs); Advanced Wired Package; MINI driving modes; plethora of standard features; and yes—being a hybrid—helps the 2018 Countryman carve its own lane. And yes, the signature circular frame for the infotainment system and flip switches are still featured. So get hugged by the S Cooper Sport Seats, adjust the 6.5-inch multifunction display, let the ambient lighting to set the mood, and hit the road with the family, Mini Cooper style.

Fuel Economy: 65 MPGe/27 MPG

Base Price: $36,900/ $40,000 as reviewed

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2018 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Premium

The Subaru Crosstrek continues to hold on to its reputation as a solid, reliable and practical automobile for everyday family life. Now, there are even more features to add to its accolades thanks to its all-new 2018 Subaru Global Platform featuring advancements in virtually every department. The AWD maneuverability, spacious cargo area maxing 55 cubic feet, top-of-the-class in legroom, a Subaru Boxer engine packing 152 horses, and a true car enthusiast’s demand—the option of a standard six-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with 7-speed paddle shifters. To further the wow factor, the EyeSight Driver Assist Technology package (including adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, and other safety enhancements); a power moonroof; and the user-friendly Subaru Starlink multimedia system with a 6.5-inch multi-touch screen in high resolution flaunting Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and Pandora will make every owner grin from ear to ear. Once considering the long list of remaining features, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is triumphant in leaving virtually nothing to be desired in its highly competitive small SUV segment. And that is saying a lot.

Fuel Economy: 23 city/ 29 highway/ 25 combined

Base Price: $22,595/ $26,905 as reviewed including destination

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