Top 10 Tailgating Cars

Posted on 04. Sep, 2012 by in Auto News

It's football season again, and that means a return to the parking lot for the revered pregame party: tailgating. Parked cars, grilled meats, refreshing drinks and overpriced Fan Jerseys team up to help you, you steel yourself to cheer on your team.

It is a time honored tradition. The American Tailgaters Association notes that it existed before cars began, with the first of these party. Before a football game between Princeton and Rutgers way back in 1869 This was played out like rugby than football, with 25 players on a side. It was a different time, to say the least: Someone had to take care of the horses.

Today veterans elaborate tailgate setups with pull-out grills, team flags and tailgate have adapted vehicles, but each with a spacious car can throw a decent bash. We interviewed dozens of hatchbacks, cars, SUVs, pickups and minivans – basically anything that can hang in the the back – to see which cars awarded the most help in the We points for seating, cargo space, extra "asphalt art." storerooms and tailgate-friendly features, and we are all committed to tailgating functions available from the factory. They build almost everything you would want out of aftermarket parts, but we wanted to focus on factory options.

Here are four rungs qualifiers. Remember, above all, please responsibly tailgate.


2012 Honda Odyssey

The Odyssey is a tailgate machine. 38.4 cubic feet – for a small grill can accommodate up to eight fans with plenty of space behind it. Or take five fans, collapsing the third row and 93.1 cubic feet for have all Their equipment. Models with the rear-seat entertainment system features a cargo area power outlet to your speakers or run electrical cooking gadgets. Step up to the Odyssey Touring Elite trim, and you'll get Honda's 16.2-inch rear-seat entertainment system. It can split the screen between two sources of audio-video and HDMI inputs. That said, you could stream coverage of pregame sportscast from a smartphone while someone plays Madden 13 on the other side. Tailgating will never be the same.

First team

2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

The Grand Caravan has 33 cubic meters of space behind the third row and 83.0 cubic feet behind the second. Its standard Stow 'n Go seats create large underfloor compartments before the second line, drinks, food and gear can stow. The third row seat flips back for a rear-facing tailgate seat – also standard – to sit two or three revelers, where cabin prevents some of the December wind offset possible. A flip-down rear entertainment screen, can now stream pregame coverage from your smartphone.

2013 Toyota Sienna

While Sienna is missing the tailgate seat Grand Caravan, it features a 16.4-inch dual-view screen, similar to the Odyssey, and the two side-by-side components can (but without the HDMI input) play. The cargo area has an optional power outlet and 39.1 cubic meters – best if you plan to carry the people in all three rows. Stick to two lines, and you have 87.1 cubic feet of space. Place the gear Raider Nation, and make sure these high-rays leave directly to the Chiefs fans the opposite property.

Second team

2012 GMC Acadia

Like all major intersections of GM, the Acadia SUV minivan gap bridged best. Behind the third row is 24.1 cubic feet of cargo space, and the Acadia offers cargo-area stereo controls so that you are not going to skip ahead to the tracks on your "Hail to the SEC" mix. (Four ZZ Top songs were probably one too many, anyway.) A rear-seat entertainment screen is optional, and small storage well under the cargo floor, you can hide your valuables.

2012 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline, the ace in the hole is a standard 8.5-cubic-foot trunk under the cargo area. With durable siding and a drain plug that empties under the truck, the Ridgeline is a 255-liter cooler on wheels. You'd need two large rollers cooler correspond to such capacity. Within the crew cabin, and the second row of seats to reflect higher memory for a grill to allow. Or save the space for people and tether cooking, bed to eight tie-down cleats. The Ridgeline has covered less space than the minivan, but it's easily the best tailgating pickup available.

2012 Nissan Xterra

The Xterra has modest volume – 36.3 cubic feet behind the second row – but the available EasyClean cargo area covers the loading base and second row backrest with a hard coating, which is quickly wipe. Let the plane at home, you're not to scrub stains afterwards. Underfloor cargo areas keeps your valuables, and if you. Tailgate on grass or mud, there is a ventilated storage space on the roof They accuse the really messy stuff up there.

2012 Toyota 4Runner

An optional sliding cargo area in the five-person 4Runner extends up to 440 pounds of food and drink near tailgaters. Let the folding table at home, this has a built in. Be aware, though: you have to choose between a third row and the back, you can not have both. Under-deck storage and a cargo area power outlet round the SUV strengths. Slide back the cover and are backed up to 46.3 cubic meters of storage space. Heck, it might be more appropriate, as this season pass rush.

Third team

2012 Ram 1500

The first to offer the RamBox Ram for 2009, and since then increased the storage compartment in availability. Lockers sit above the pickup of the rear fenders similar to the drain plugs in the Ridgeline bed trunk. In fact, Ram says that a Ram fit with the 6-foot-4-inch bed of up to 280 containers in its RamBox – enough for a family of thirst tailgaters. Need more space? Available in the bottom passenger compartments removable liners have also emptied. Bring on the ice.

2012 Honda Fit

Not everyone tailgating vehicle must be a giant. The fit is among the space-efficient cars on the market, so go ahead and move to the next to the big boys. With 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and a flip-up second row for larger memory can handle it much longer than suggested by its exterior can. It might be the best choice for the creeping away fan: small enough to go unnoticed, but with enough room for a tailgate spread that makes your home team pride. And when it's time to go, the Fit is small and zippy acceleration make the filing of the parking lot a lot easier.

2012 Subaru Outback

The Outback has 34.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and some underfloor storage – nothing too exciting – but his trump card is a standard washable cargo compartment. That beats even a washable floor: a real mess back there and you can remove the tray from total to hose him. Just do not throw the chaos on this car with all the Cleveland Browns flags. That would be like kicking a guy when he's down be.