Kelley Blue Book: The coolest cars for Dad—for under $30k

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Father’s Day is just around the corner. Whether he’s bringing baby home for the first time or is an empty-nesting Pop-pop, there’s an affordable car, truck, or SUV that’s sure to be on his wish list. So, here are our picks for the 10 Coolest Father’s Day Cars Under $30,000.

2020 Toyota Tacoma

You know dad identifies with Marty McFly from “Back to the Future.” He’d love to check out this 2020 Tacoma Access Cab. This midsize pickup is perfect for both weekend projects and getaways. Like all dads, it’s a classic. KBB Fair Purchase Price for the 2020 Tacoma rings in at $28,318. 

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2020 Mazda CX-5

Mazda CX-5


Crossover SUVs are the new default family car. While they are perfect for that duty, the 2020 Mazda MZDAY, -3.40% CX-5 adds in an upscale aura, plenty of driving thrills, and classy styling at an affordable price. There’s plenty here to like. The CX-5 can be found at a Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price of $26,551. 

2020 Hyundai Veloster N+

The Hyundai Veloster N+


Even new fathers can get in on this action. The perfect fun car for a new dad is Hyundai’s HYMTF, +11.60% 2020 Veloster N. Plenty of power, great handling, and it’s got a rear passenger-side door that will make getting the baby seat into the back a breeze. KBB Fair Purchase Price for the Veloster N comes in at $26,786. 

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2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf


Dads like to golf, right? How about a Volkswagen Golf GTI to get him to the course on time? Great handling and power are the GTI’s stock in trade along with a roomy hatchback and seating to handle a fivesome and their clubs. The KBB Fair Purchase Price for the 2020 Volkswagen VWAGY, +1.18% Golf GTI comes in at $28,299.

2020 Honda Civic Si

You get to a certain age where you appreciate sensible shoes. The Honda Civic is kind of like that, but also adds an element of fun when you choose the more spirited Si trim level. While you may want a racy looking coupe, there’s also a more practical sedan choice as well. Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price for the 2020 Honda HMC, -0.30% Civic Si is $24,509. 

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

The Fiat Spider


Dad’s an empty-nester and maybe retired. It’s his time to live the dream of owning a 2-seat roadster like the 2020 Fiat FCAU, +0.74% 124 Spider. While based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Italian styling and powertrain give it a sense of con brio. Plus they’re so rare, it’s difficult to calculate a Fair Purchase Price between the $27,613 invoice and $28,335 MSRP.

2020 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler


For the dads that are happy wanderers, the perfect ride is the 2020 Jeep Wrangler. This rugged legend, equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with an electric assist, is ready to go anywhere and do anything. Open up the top and hit the road in a 2020 Wrangler all for a KBB Fair Purchase Price of $27,600. 

2020 Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger


Nothing pays better tribute to classic American muscle than the brawny Dodge Challenger. Bold looks and a roomy interior make the Challenger ideal for family cruise night. The SXT comes with 3.6-liter V6 and a choice of fun colors like Hellraisin and Go Mango. KBB Fair Purchase Price for the 2020 Challenger is $27,367.

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2020 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevy Camaro


As stylish coupes go, the Chevy Camaro has a youthful spirit that will put a spring into your father’s step. What the base turbo 4-cylinder gives up in raw power to the V8, it makes up for with a light nose and sharper handling. Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price on the 2020 Camaro is $24,144.

2020 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang


This is the pony car that started it all. With EcoBoost 4-cylinder power, iconic styling, and a usable back seat, the Ford F, +0.61% Mustang has it all for well under $30,000. KBB Fair Purchase Price on the 2020 Mustang clocks in at $26,187. That affordable price point is guaranteed to have Dad humming “Mustang Sally.” 

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