You can almost smell the hot dogs and hamburgers, hear the roaring fight songs and feel the fierce rivalry in the air. It's time for the football tailgate season to start. Whether you owe your allegiance to your high school or college alma mater or your heart bleeds for your city's professional football team, you need to have the right vehicle to carry all the essentials: coolers, grill, garbage bags, beverages, meats and more.
The experts at sister site Cars.com recently published their list of the Top 10 vehicles for tailgating, and the winner is the Ram 1500 pickup truck. The editors' favorite options include a load-leveling air-suspension option that allows owners to lower the bed for easy access; gigantic, lockable waterproof bedside containers; adjustable tie-down cleats and a bed divider; and available Uconnect WiFi hot-spot connection for all the latest team updates.
The Honda Ridgeline, one of our tailgating favorites, was also on the list with its huge, under-bed rear trunk that can be used as lockable storage or filled with ice to hold case after case of 12-ounce cans.