OK, you're probably not going to buy your dad a car for Father's Day. But if you were (best son or daughter EVER), TrueCar.com has some surprising data that shows which car your dad might really want.
Based on 2011 data received from fathers about the cars that they drive, the findings show a strange concoction of sedans, trucks and minivans. Yes minivans. Come on dads.
"Unlike the list of vehicles men prefer, which includes the Porsche 911 in the top spot, the data shows that fathers have traded in speed for practical vehicles with a back seat," said Kristen Andersson, Senior Analyst at TrueCar.com. "We're finding that fathers need a fuel-efficient car for commuting to work and weekend activities."
But while that sounds rather yawn-inducing, it is comforting that dads are making a nice, pragmatic decision about their rides. After all, have you ever tried to sit in the back of a 911? Those rides to soccer would have been a lot less pleasant had that been his daily driver.
Click through to see what dad really wants this year. While he's no longer a speed demon, he has your best interests at heart. And that's what makes dads so great.
10. Toyota Sienna
MSRP: $25,060 - $40,570
Invoice: $23,431 - $37,324
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 24 mpg Highway
While Toyota has tried hard to make the minivan cool with its "swagger wagon" campaign, the fact is that this is a pretty dull choice, Dad. Sure, it has a nice interior, great safety features and that Toyota reliability, but no one is getting any goosebumps when the engine ignites.
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9. Ram 1500
MSRP: $22,420 - $46,270
Invoice: $20,947 - $42,474
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg City, 20 mpg Highway
This is a little more like it. With its bold styling, towing capability and big 3.7-liter base engine, the Ram 1500 is great for the dad that doesn't mind getting his hands dirty. Gas prices are going to hurt though, as this truck only gets 20 mpg on the highway.
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8. Honda Pilot
MSRP: $28,620 - $40,970
Invoice: $26,179 - $37,444
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway
This SUV is a solid choice for the dad with lots of cubs, even if they don't break out into impromptu choruses of "Crazy Train" like Honda's idealized Pilot family. It's big, comfy, safe and great for road trips.
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7. Toyota Camry
MSRP: $22,055 - $30,115
Invoice: $20,181 - $27,404
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
The Toyota Camry is consistently one of the best-selling cars in the country for a reason. It's fuel efficient, safe, reliable and roomy. But considering it's complete lack of personality, we think dads should opt for something with a little more fun factor.
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6. Honda Civic
MSRP: $15,755 - $26,305
Invoice: $14,661 - $24,943
Fuel Economy: 28 mpg City, 36 mpg Highway
The current generation Honda Civic hasn't been much of a winner in the industry. Apparently, dads haven't gotten the news, though, as they are buying them up in droves.
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5. Ford F-150
MSRP: $23,500 - $52,305
Invoice: $22,100 - $47,124
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 23 mpg Highway
Dads seem to really like the best-selling vehicle in America. The F-150 is very versatile, powerful and more fuel efficient than other trucks and even some SUVs. In the bigger cab versions, there's enough room for the kids and all of his stuff.
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4. Honda Odyssey
MSRP: $28,375 - $43,825
Invoice: $25,956 - $40,048
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
Another minivan? Really? We were actually pretty surprised to see one this high on the list. The Odyssey is undoubtedly one of the best minivans, so at least he's paying attention to quality, but come on Dad!
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3. Hyundai Sonata
MSRP: $19,795 - $28,195
Invoice: $18,971 - $26,345
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
We're pretty big fans of the Sonata. Its bold stlying, fuel-efficient engine and warranty make it a great choice. We do have one suggestion, though: Get the 2.0T, which increases power to 274 hp.
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2. Honda Accord
MSRP: $21,480 - $30,030
Invoice: $19,667 - $27,465
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway
It has a nice ride, it's versatile and gets good fuel economy. Like the Camry, it's great on paper, but suffers from a pretty serious lack of imagination. Regardless, dads sure seem to love it -- a testament to them choosing function over fun.
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1. Chevrolet Silverado
MSRP: $22,195 - $42,440
Invoice: $21,307 - $39,469
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 20 mpg Highway
The most popular vehicle for dads is the Chevrolet Silverado. With tons of bed sizes and cabs, 4 different engines and two transmission options, the Silverado can appeal to all dads -- from those running their own farms to those running accounting offices.
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