List: Ten Best Vehicles For Tailgating

By Brandon Turkus

October 05, 2011


10. Chevrolet Suburban: Plenty of room for passengers, while still being able to haul gear, the Suburban is a favorite for anything that requires people and stuff.


9. Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: Take you and three friends, rip the top off, and load a (small) grill in the back. The Jeep can also be mated with a Mopar-designed tow-behind camper, so you can have a bit of home near the stadium.


8. Cadillac CTS-V Wagon: If you’ve ever been to a properly large sporting event, you know just how crazy things can be at the end of the event. The CTS-V Wagon will allow you to carry your tailgate equipment, and get outta Dodge faster than anything else on four wheels.


7. Honda Odyssey: We need to include the Odyssey for two reasons, an absolute wealth of space, and Honda’s trick Magic Seat, which allows quick and easy seat stowing for extra utility.


6. Mini Countryman S ALL4: It’s a bit on the small side, but the Countryman can comfortably seat four, and still fit in a day’s worth of tailgate supplies. It’ll also be easier to park in a lot full of pickups.


5. Ford F-250: Our first vehicle that has an actual tailgate, the F-250 will haul literally anything you throw at it. Want to tow a camper? No problem. Have one of those grills that’s made from an old oil drum? Easy. Want to take the stadium home with you? Latch it onto the F-250, and bring your favorite team’s home digs to your front yard.


4. Audi A4 Avant: Tailgates aren’t always held in nice smooth parking lots. Sometimes you need to go off the beaten path, and for that, the all-wheel drive of the A4 is quite useful. The fact that it can be had in a grill-and-cooler-friendly wagon certainly doesn’t hurt things either.


3. Land Rover Range Rover: While the A4 is relegated to tailgating on pavement or grass only, the Range Rover can setup camp pretty much anywhere, be it a grassy field, a pile of rocks, or an active volcano. The split tailgate is also a great place to sit back and relax.


2. Toyota 4Runner: The 4Runner makes the list for one reason, and it’s called Party Mode. Simply press a button, and sound from the stereo is transferred to the rear speakers. Add in plenty of space, and an off-road pedigree, and the 4Runner makes for one good tailgater.


1. Honda Ridgeline: It has a compartment in the bed that can be filled with ice and beverages, a tailgate that can open two different ways, a usable bed, and room for five. Honda may not be selling a lot of Ridgelines, but it isn’t for their lack of tailgate prowess.

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The pro and college football seasons are well and truly underway, which means if you haven’t been, you need to start thinking about tailgates. Keys to a good tailgate vehicle include storage, looks, and seating among others. Oh yeah, and as per WR rules, they need to be pretty good to drive too. Go Blue!