What’s the Best Car Under $15K for a Petrolista Father-To-Be?
Photography by Saam Gabbay and courtesy of Audi
Allow me to share with you a bit of exciting personal news: this May, I am going to become a father. Naturally, I am thrilled about how this beautiful life-changing development is going to impact our lives and am already fantasizing about what fatherhood will be like. But you know what I’m not excited about? No, it’s not waking up every three hours–that’ll pass after the first several months. And no, it’s not changing diapers or cleaning up other bodily fluids. It’s something far worse than that. It’s the minivan. I absolutely refuse. I also refuse to participate in the “war of masses” that seems so common with new parents in California, that is, buying the biggest and heaviest SUV thinking that it’s the best cocoon for your newborn.
Parenthood should not have to result in vehicular castration. There are plenty of fun, sporty sedans or wagons out there that can comfortably haul all the paraphernalia that one needs for a new baby.
So I ask you to help me think of some family cars worthy of a Petrolista that fit the following requirements:
Must cost under $15,000
Must be fun-to-drive
Preferably available with a manual
Has a good design
Must be reasonably reliable
Can be any year – does not have to be vintage
Must be safe (my 1969 Alfa Romeo Berlina would have been perfect if it weren’t for this nagging requirement)
What is the best family car under $15K for a Petrolista father-to-be? Thank you for your suggestions!