Tailgating before the big game? Better check out Kelley Blue Book's list of the "Top 10 Tailgating Cars" first.
Tailgating before the big game? Better check out Kelley Blue Book's list of the "Top 10 Tailgating Cars" first. Click on for the entire list and what the KBB editors had to say about each.
No. 10: 2011 Ford Explorer
"Not only does the Ford Explorer seat seven in cavernous comfort, but the 50/50 split-folding third row, 60/40 second row, and fully adjustable front passenger seat can accommodate any combination of sandwich and human cargo for your next tailgate extravaganza."
No. 9: 2012 Lexus RX 350
"Your home-team sportscasters will sound extra biased on the Mark Levinson sound system, real-time traffic data can help you find the quickest route into the stadium and your rear-seat passengers get their own reclining seats for the chardonnay-induced nap on the ride home."
No. 8: 2012 Mini Countryman
"The 2012 Mini Countryman's diminutive but cargo-friendly dimensions make it the fighter-jet of tailgating vehicles. Small enough to squeeze into the smallest college stadium parking spaces, its wide-opening tailgate and folding rear seats make it a fun choice for a two-person tailgate with all the fixin's."
No. 7: 2011 Honda Ridgeline
"With clever storage solutions and an even cleverer tailgate, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline is the Swiss Army knife of tailgating cars. The Ridgeline's lockable, drainable in-bed trunk serves double duty as miscellaneous storage or a huge cooler, and the rear seats flip up to reveal a flat load floor ideal for hauling grills and other supplies."
No. 6: 2011 Kia Soul
"Expect to draw fellow tailgaters like fireflies in the 2011 Kia Soul. Aside from having plenty of space for your lawn chairs and team-color body paint collection, the Kia Soul rocks a sound system with speaker lights that can pulse to the beat of Queen's 'We Will Rock You.'"
No. 5: 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
"The fancy badge and distinct look will foster conversation and camaraderie amongst fellow tailgaters -- especially if you go with the two-tone treatment in your team's colors -- and the compact dimensions will make it easier to beat the rush out of the parking lot after the big win/loss."
No. 4: 2011 Honda Odyssey
"The 2011 Honda Odyssey is the hot ticket for the tailgate party at your next Jimmy Buffet concert. The new Honda Odyssey carries you and six of your best coral reefer buds to the concert in V6 style, possibly to the cabin-wide rhythms of the available 12-speaker Premium Audio System with 5.1 Surround Sound Theater Mode."
No. 3: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
"The Grand Cherokee offers seating for five fans, plus a wide-mouthed rear hatch and fold-flat second row for the cooler, chairs and barbecue. The option of turning your Jeep Grand Cherokee into a 10-speaker, 506-watt Alpine concert hall will also appeal, whether you are a Wildcat, Warrior or Lion."
No. 2: 2011 GMC Terrain
"The Terrain has an incredibly spacious second row with 8 inches of fore and aft movement, so even the tallest fans can find room for their knees."
No. 1: 2011 Ram 1500
"The ace up this Ram's sleeve is the RamBox cargo management system: Locking bedside bins that can accommodate up to 240 12-ounce cans of your favorite before-game beverage."
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