Big power is not necessary for a thrilling drive – just take a look at the success of Mazda's long-running Miata/MX-5. Where that two-seat sports car might not work for the family man, these twins from Toyota and Subaru offer baby-carrying capacity with that stripped-down, elemental feel.
Both the BRZ and FR-S offer usable small rear seats fitted with the easy-install LATCH system. Rear-facing child seats are a tight squeeze, but booster seats fit without much bother. The trunk will swallow a modest amount of baby gear, too.
These cars are a return to the ideals of lightweight motoring, and with 200hp on tap, they are quite fleet. Priced from roughly $25,000, they also might be an accessible luxury for Dad, leaving the college fund unraided. (Toyota Motor Sales)