As we said in a previous article about the coolest cars for wealthy dads, most men want to drive a fast, exciting vehicle, something that will get noticed and turn a few heads while on the road.
As we examined in the coolest cars for wealthy dads article, there are many great cars that will do just that, but there are also plenty of SUVs that will have the same effect, if not even more so.
When a dad is lucky and hard working enough to build both a family and a career that affords them the ability to drop near or over $100,000 on an SUV, chances are they are going to want to drive something cool and luxurious. Driving a fast, good-looking luxury SUV while ensuring your family’s comfort and safety isn’t an easy task, but there are enough SUVs out there for wealthy dads that fit the bill. Here are ten of them.
10 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Starting at $65,590
This list kicks off in badass fashion with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Chrysler-made 2015 SRT model hasn't undergone significant changes in comparison to previous models, only adding five percent more horsepower, noise canceling audio speakers and introducing the "Red Vapor" special edition model pictured above, but there are enough upgrades to justify the meager price increase from 2014. With the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT you get a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that can hit produce 475 hp and hit 60mph in just about 4.8 seconds with a maximum speed of 160 mph. Not bad for a relatively mid-priced SUV that you'll look good in, either solo or with family in tow.
9 Cadillac Escalade ESV - Starting at $76,965
If you want, and are able to spend nearly $80,000 on an SUV for you and your family, you could do a lot worse than the Cadillac Escalade ESV. It is a big, boxy-looking SUV, not unlike other Cadillacs, but it has features galore. An 6.2L EcoTec V-8 engine producing 420hp and an 8-speed automatic transmission are enough to haul around this extended Escalade with relative ease, while the air bags and integrated navigation system make safety an afterthought. But it’s the SUV’s ability to hit 60 mph in about six seconds and reach a top speed of 130 mph that's really impressive for such a large vehicle. Too much truck for you? Feel free to opt for the shorter and more compact standard-sized Escalade instead.
8 Lexus LX 570 - Starting at $83,180
Starting at a cool $83,000 base price, one of the more modest looking SUVs on this list still doesn’t come cheap, but if you’ve got the money and need a practical but great looking ride for the family, you could do a lot worse. Given that it’s a Lexus, the name alone will earn some kudos from your peers. It’s the SUV’s features, including a 5.7-litre, 383 hp V-8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and integrated navigation system, as well as a plethora of air bags to keep you and the family safe, that are this vehicle's selling points. Beyond that, hitting 0-60 miles per hour in less than seven seconds certainly doesn’t hurt either for when you are out cruising on your own.
7 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG - Starting at $98,175
Now that we are pushing the 100k mark with a base price for the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG hitting upwards of $98,000, you would expect nothing short of a luxury SUV with this vehicle. While maybe not the most beautifully designed SUV on the market, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG includes 5.5L twin turbo V-8 making 550 hp with a 7-speed automatic transmission. With this Benz you're getting a powerful vehicle, with the added safety of a superb navigation system and multiple air bags for relative driving ease. With an acceleration of 0-60mph in less than five seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is as cool an SUV as you can buy to get your family where they need to go.
6 BMW X6 M - Starting at $103,050
The BMW is a standard on the road, and with their newest SUV, the 2015 BMW X6 M, that probably will not be changing anytime soon. The SUV is not going to come cheap; the base model runs $103,050, but with a 4.4L V-8 twin turbo engine making 567 hp and a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, the BMW X6 M is highly drivable. The internal integrated navigation system makes your life easier, and the sleek, car-like design makes you look cool while hitting 60 mph in roughly four seconds, or working towards the BMW X6 M’s top speed of 180 mph.
5 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR - Starting at $110,475
Land Rover claims the Range Rover Sport can hit 60 mph in about four seconds, and a top speed of 162 mph. With a price tag of $110,475 you’d expect your SUV to drive like a sports car. What makes the Range Rover Sport SVR exceptional beyond its speed is the fact that it boasts 550 hp supercharged V-8 engine, and an 8-speed automatic transmission, along with the requisite internal navigation system, air bags and loads of tech goodies. You can take the kids to school, or hit the Interstate for a road trip in the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR and you will be driving in luxury whatever the situation.
4 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG - Starting at $120,375
A $120,000 SUV that can beat more than a few sports cars out of the gate hitting 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG starts pushing the envelope in luxury for wealthy dads looking to impress while cruising around with the kids. The GL63 AMG is equipped with a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V-8 making 550 hp, with a 7-speed automatic transmission. The navigation system onboard will help ensure you always get where you are going, and with a top speed of 128 mph, you will get there on time. You could do much worse than the Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG.
3 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG - Starting at $136,625
Another Mercedes, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG will cost nearly $20,000 more than the GL63 AMG. The SUV sports a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V-8 making 536 hp, matched with a 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Basically, it's every man's dream. But how fast is this box on wheels? The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG can hit 60mph in 5.3 seconds, and max out at top speeds of 125 mph, making it a fast and reliable luxury SUV with off-road roots for a wealthy dad who wants to ride in style and comfort and with a bevy of safety features for the wife and children. The G63 AMG may not be the best looking SUV on the market, but it packs a mighty punch, if you can overlook the price tag.
2 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S - Starting at $146,000
Sometimes it’s all in a name, is it not? The name Porsche has been revered in the auto industry for decades now, and when the company moved into the SUV market, consumers expected more of the same. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is an interesting SUV as it looks as much like a car as a sport utility vehicle, but make no mistake, design aside, this is a $146,000 SUV. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S comes with a 4.8-litre, 500 hp twin-turbo V8, paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. And this SUV is fast. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 172 mph.
1 Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography - Starting at $186,495
Here we come to the most expensive and luxurious SUV that a wealthy dad may want to invest in when looking for a new ride. The older and more mature brother of the Range Rover Sport is priced at a whopping $186,495, making it the priciest SUV released in 2015. With that price comes a 510 hp, 5-litre V-8 engine with intercooled supercharger, an 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, an expansive navigation system and plenty of airbags. The sleek design and more traditional SUV look of the larger Range Rover, as well as the name, may benefit dads looking to tow the line when deciding between this SUV and say, the Porsche. Not to mention the fact that the Range Rover can hit 60 mph in the same 4.5 seconds, and only loses 10 mph with a top speed of 162 mph. Beyond aesthetics, the $40,000 difference in price will most likely ultimately decide between these two most expensive SUVs.