What Will Santa Drive for Christmas 2018?
Trucks, SUVs, sports cars?by Ciprian Florea, on
We all know Santa uses a reindeer-powered sleigh to move around, but what if he’s also a gearhead? I mean, he’s been around long enough to witness the evolution of the automobile, I’m pretty sure he likes them and drives a few cars in his free time. But what would he drive for Christmas in 2018?
Choosing just one car is extremely difficult so I went with five. A vehicle for a different purpose. Truck and SUVs to haul goods, a sedan to relax in the back seat, a sports car for a bit of fun, and a vintage car simply because Santa seems to be a classy guy. Let’s see what Mr. Claus will drive this year for Christmas in the list below.
SUV / Truck
Because it's also highly capable off the beaten path, it would definitely help Santa make deliveries in remote areas
Granted, the Gladiator is brand-new and not yet available in showrooms for Christmas, but the hype is real. Not only it can haul a lot of stuff in its five-foot bed (you can also cramp some packages on the rear seats), but it’s also quite capable, having the ability to tow up to 7,650 pounds. And because it’s also highly capable off the beaten path, it would definitely help Santa make deliveries in remote areas.
Okay okay, but how is Santa getting a Gladiator since they’re not yet available? Well, I’m sure Jeep can make an exception here and deliver one to the North Pole. Just think of all the marketing benefits coming from seeing Santa driving a Gladiator before it’s offered in showrooms. Heck, Jeep and Santa might go ahead a do a Christmas commercial too. These trucks will sell like hot-cakes, but having Santa as an official image wouldn’t hurt either.
Another cool thing is that the Gladiator has an open-air configuration with the both the roof and doors removed. This means Santa won’t get too hot when delivering presents in hot, tropical areas. Very versatile, wouldn’t you say?
Read our full review on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Being a hybrid, it needs less fuel than the average sports cars
Santa driving a sports car? It doesn’t sound right, huh? Well yes, sports cars are usually cramped and have small trunks, but this doesn’t mean Santa can’t use one for deliveries. The Acura NSX is the kind of car that comes in handy when you need to get somewhere fast and I’m pretty sure Santa ends up in scenarios like that from time to time.
Maybe he forgot to leave a present somewhere and needs to return fast. With just 24 hours for deliveries, a sports car is ideal when it comes to hauling small packages that fit in its tiny trunk or on the passenger seat. And the NSX can get the job done performance-wise thanks to its gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain that generates a whopping 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. It also benefits from an all-wheel-drive layout, a plus in the stability department.
Being a hybrid, it also needs less fuel than the average sports cars. I’m sure Santa will appreciate that with all the ozone holes over the Arctic due to CO2 emissions.
Read our full review on the 2019 Acura NSX
It’s the most advanced EV on the market with state-of-the-art tech and semi-autonomous capability.
Speaking of the ozone, I’m pretty sure Santa wouldn’t mind driving a fully electric car. So what’s the best option here? A vehicle that has decent cargo room, solid performance, and good range? The Tesla Model X. It’s also the most advanced EV on the market with state-of-the-art tech and semi-autonomous capability. Just in case Santa wants to relax for a bit.
Arguably the coolest feature of the Model X is its range. While the base model returns up to 237 miles per charge, the 100D returns close to 300 miles. On top of that, it’s fast too, needing only 4.7 seconds to hit 60 mph, toward a top speed of 155 mph. The P100D upgrade makes things even better by reducing the 0-to-60 mph sprint to 2.9 seconds. Granted, it’s not as a roomy as a Chevy Tahoe or a Cadillac Escalade, but it’s as green as they get.
It’s also quite capable too, having a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds with the optional towbar. That’s a big trailer that can carry plenty of presents.
Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model X
Just like a sports car, a sedan can’t compete with an SUV or a truck in terms of storage room. However, it’s a good option when it comes to comfort. And I’m pretty sure Santa likes to rest from time to time, even when delivering Christmas gifts. But the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class isn’t a sedan that Santa would drive. It’s the kind of car he’d enjoy in the back seat.
Essentially a regular S-Class underneath, the Maybach-badged full-size is a lounge on wheels for rear-seat passengers.
It has two captain’s chairs for the ultimate comfort, rear-seat entertainment with big screens, exclusive Nappa leather all over the place, and a ton of options that enhance comfort.
It sure sounds like the kind of vehicle Santa would use to deliver presents to a very important kid. Let’s just hope that it won’t be driven by a reindeer.
Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
Santa can already use the Gladiator when delivering presents in hot weather at the Equator, but what if he wants to do it in style? Well, this is where the Jaguar E-Type comes in. Why this specific British roadster and not any other convertible? Well, it’s as iconic as they get and it’s included in just about every top ten "most beautiful cars ever made" list from just about every automotive published.
Actually, Enzo Ferrari himself called it "the most beautiful car ever made" on its release in 1961.
Produced for 15 years from 1961 to 1975, it’s not that scarce either. Sure, it actually depends on each of the three generations Santa may want, but the E-Type isn’t as scarce and expensive as some Ferraris from the same era. Not only stylish and comfortable, it’s powerful too. Both the inline-six and the V-12 deliver in excess of 200 horsepower and the sprint to 60 mph takes less than seven seconds. The good news is that Jaguar offered a very appealing red paint for the roadster.
Read our full review on the 1961 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type.
So what do you think? Can you see Santa driving any of the vehicle above? Do you have any suggestions for him this Christmas? Let me know in the comments section.