- It must cost less than $200,000. He gives away toys for a living so he’s rich, but not THAT rich.
- It has to have at least five seats, because elves.
- It needs to be All Wheel Drive. The commute to and from the North Pole can get a little dicey around the holidays.
- It must be 300 horsepower or above.
With these five criteria in place, we can set to work perusing the current lineup of each manufacturer to create a shortlist of cars for Santa.
- The Ford Explorer ST. It makes it with 400 HP, but has lots of room, looks great, and is supposed to be a pretty great one to drive. It draws from the Focus and Fiesta ST; both great cars.
- A BMW M5. Yes, it’s controversial because the new M5 strayed from a tried and true formula. However, if Santa wants to have fun going to and from the North Pole, he can’t find a better option.
The Kia Stinger GT. It still sits in a very niche category (with the Panamera, Audi A7, and another few I’m forgetting) but then again, Santa’s a pretty niche guy. The Kia Stinger GT continues to defy the odds with the circles it wants to hang in.
A Subaru Impreza STI. Does it squeak in with the amount of driver space that Santa has? Of course. Does it deliver in terms of fun and versatility? Absolutely. Now it’s just a matter of whether Mrs. Claus will put up with driving stick.
- The XSE V-6 Toyota Camry. Yup, I said it. Maybe at the end of the day, with all the criteria in mind, Santa just wants to go simple – and it doesn’t get much more simple than a Camry. The new ones look great, have just enough HP to make Santa happy. It also now comes with AWD.