3 New Cars

That Presidents Day Presidents

Would Love And Appriciate

by Cheryl Levy

Mom, Dog Lover, Music Addict, SF Giants & Warriors Fan, Longest Road Trip: LA to Chicago

Presidents Day is as good a time as any to fantasize about the new cars Presidents drive or, rather, what our most revered Presidents would drive had they lived during the automotive age.

For a variety of reasons, depending on which state you’re in, on Presidents Day, Americans celebrate Washington’s birthday, or Washington’s and Lincoln’s, or Washington’s, Lincoln’s and Jefferson’s, or every US President’s birthday.

For our purposes, we’re looking at the top 3 Presidents and what vehicle they’d choose if they were alive today and didn’t want to use the Presidential limo lifetime perk.

  • Would George Washington drive a GENERAL Motors vehicle? 
  • Would Abraham Lincoln drive his namesake, LINCOLN? 
  • Would Thomas Jefferson drive a Jeep PATRIOT?

Of course, we’ll never know. But in honor of America’s greatest leaders on Presidents Day, let’s take a fun trip inside a world of our own making and speculate, based on each’s personality and history, what new car they would most likely choose to drive. 

Cars Presidents Day Presidents Would Drive (If They Could)


What Would George Washington Be Parking Under The Cherry Tree?

2018 Ford Expedition

Cars President's Day Presidents Would Drive

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Perhaps nobody could have accomplished what General George Washington did in the American Revolution. Under his confident leadership, the Continental Army fought through endless hardship and setbacks yet came out victorious.

After the war, Washington helped steer the young nation through its formative years, refusing to institute a monarchy, demanding civilian authority over the military, presiding over the Constitutional Convention, serving as the nation’s first President of the United States, and becoming one of America’s undisputed greatest leaders of all-time.

Washington’s key traits:

  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Persistent
  • Courageous
  • Masterful
  • Sensitive to appearance and decorum

Without a doubt, George Washington would have opted for a vehicle as tough and resolute as he was. If anything could fit that bill, it’s the all-new 2018 Ford Expedition. More powerful than ever, with improved fuel efficiency, the new 3-row Expedition is staunchly rugged and durable as it leads the pack of full-size SUVs in many surveys. With it’s easy-shifting 10-speed automatic, the Expedition is ready to traverse difficult terrain, tow a 6,500-pound load, or head up rocky inclines to survey the course ahead.


 What’s In Abraham Lincoln’s Log Cabin Garage?

2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sport


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If you ask anybody, chances are they’ll name Abraham Lincoln the greatest US President of all time. He’s in pretty much everyone’s top 3. Literally born in a log cabin, Lincoln first made a name for himself as an outspoken state congressman and lawyer but he really caught fire with his performance at the Lincoln-Douglas Senate debates. A wise and humble leader, Lincoln was President during the turbulent Civil War, established the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and reunited the country. Profoundly principled with a disarming sense of humor, Honest Abe is, to this day, the poster child of trusted and admired American Presidents. He also holds the cool distinction of being the only one to receive a patent!

Lincoln’s traits:
  • Honest
  • Principled
  • Steady
  • Humble
  • Witty
  • Never flashy but always cool
Fearless trailblazer and legend in its own time, Jeep describes its Wrangler as a “freedom machine with serious capabilities and an honest heart,” and that pretty much describes President Lincoln, too. Wrangler can take you deep into the woods where his log cabin used to be, never pretending to be anything but the accomplished performer whose finest work is off the beaten path. Honest Abe would love it. No doubt, quick-witted Lincoln, the serious man with a sense of humor, would have some serious fun tooling around in this baby.
3 New Cars That Presidents Day Presidents Would Love

What Would Thomas Jefferson Take Joyriding at Monticello?

2018 Ford F-150 XL 4-Door RWD


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“Father of the Declaration of Independence” Thomas Jefferson was the foremost spokesperson for Democracy of his time, and one of the leading supporters of American independence. He was an early advocate for free public education.

Before being elected president, Jefferson was a planter, lawyer, writer, philosopher, scientist, and architect (Is that all?). He served as a Governor, America’s first Secretary of State, and second Vice President.

A master of the spoken word, and a man some called a genius, Jefferson could read Latin, Greek, Spanish, Italian, French, and Ango-Saxon (Is that all?). As President, he championed freedom of the press and the purchase of the Louisiana Territory, nearly tripling the territory of the young US.

Despite his cool, commanding stature, Jefferson was an introvert and a simple dresser. But he is said to have never abandoned a plan, a principle, or a friend. Last but not least, Jefferson popularized macaroni and cheese in the US!

Jefferson’s top traits:

  • Genius
  • Egalitarian
  • Loyal
  • Commanding
  • Eloquent
  • Hard-working

Thomas Jefferson would be all over the Ford F-150. And why not? Like him, the multi-purpose F-150 can do pretty much everything. Whether you want a haul-anything workhorse or a luxury 4×4, F-150 can do it and excel. Tireless, tough, with lots of smart forward-thinking technology—like the available remote start, lock and unlock, and vehicle status feature and remote tailgate release—F-150 is impressive but never pretentious. Like Jefferson, the F-150 is at home in both rural and urban settings, and it shows off the best just by doing its thing.

Over to You

Which car can you most imagine your favorite past President driving? How about Franklin Roosevelt, JFK, or Ronald Reagan? How about the First Ladies? What car would Jackie Kennedy Onassis buy? Share your thoughts in the comments. Happy Presidents Day!