Lots of dads just don’t do minivans, especially not the cool ones. And, thankfully, they don’t have to. These three rides are proof positive that it is indeed possible to cart the family around in style, plus look good when riding solo. –ronda racha penrice2015_Chevrolet_Tahoe_17

For 2015, the Chevy Tahoe was completely redesigned. So, like dad, it’s gotten better with time. Its exterior is sturdy, strong and stylish. Inside is quite roomy with front and second row bucket seats plus a third row that’s great for the littlest ones. And, as an added bonus, the second and third row are powered. Heated and cooled seats keeps dad and passenger comfortable. Cold-weather dads can minimize the freeze thanks to the keyless start, remote keyless entry and heated steering wheel. Power moonroof and rear seat entertainment options pack even more of a punch. Keeping safe is a great feature of the Tahoe with available safety features including side blind zone alert, land departure warning and forward collision alert, in addition to the standard rearview camera system. MPG is 16 city and 22 highway. Pricing starts at around $62,000 and taps out at just under $70,000 with all the added amenities. And the drive is as smooth as it looks.

Photo by Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.
Photo by Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.

The 2015 Ford Expedition is indeed big, bigger than the Tahoe actually, so it’s tailor-made for the big daddies. In fact, its third row seating seats adults so it’s perfect for teenagers and grown kids.  In addition, it offers the comforts of heated/cooled front seats, heated second row seats, along with a standard power moonroof. The blind spot info system is one of its many standout safety features. Because it is bigger than the Tahoe, the Expedition has more trunk space and carries more weight overall. Despite its advanced size, however, the Expedition handles very well. Its MPG is 14 in the city and 20 on the highway, with base pricing starting at just over $59,000 and tapping out at just under $70,000.

2015 Lincoln Navigator

Word is that the Lincoln Navigator is up for a redesign but, in the meantime, dads who love that old school feel mixed in with some new school flavor will appreciate the Navigator just the way it is. Its big-bodied for sure and, given its bold look, there’s little wonder the 2015 Lincoln Navigator found its way onto Empire. On the show, the Navigator always appears with a driver and the kids will indeed know why. A sliding step (okay technically powered running boards) emerges once the doors open. Nights are totally on fleek as the Lincoln hologram flashes on the ground leaving and approaching the vehicle. Now some dads who take a look at the Expedition will be disappointed to see some similarities in features in the Lincoln Navigator, even if they are small. But, overall, the Navigator is a tad more luxurious but also highly functional. For those who require more space, there is an extended version that allows for third row seating. MPG is 15 in the city and 20 on the highway. Top of the line pricing comes in at around $74,000