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Best cars for tailgating parties

Posted On Tue, September 3, 2013

With NFL kickoff only days away, pigskin enthusiasts are preparing themselves for another exciting season, which is often enjoyed in stadium parking lots throughout the country that are filled with fans tailgating. And, while those who tailgate will likely have the food and cooking utensils needed to grill up hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs and wings, has assembled a list of cars that are the most ideal for tailgaters.

"With football season comes the return of fans to parking lots across the nation to partake in tailgating festivities," said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief at "The ultimate tailgate requires the perfect tailgating car, so we took a look at a variety of new cars to determine which ones have factory-installed features to take the drama out of the pre-game party."

Ram 1500 deemed most optimal auto for tailgaters
Using a variety of different criteria in order to come to a decision about which vehicle is the best of the best, concluded that the 2013 Ram 1500 was the most superior.

"Thanks to a host of tailgate-friendly updates, the tough-looking Ram 1500 is this year's winner," according to the vehicle information website.

The top feature that makes the 2013 Ram 1500 so ideal for tailgating, according to, is a bed on the truck that enables tailgaters to put more on the rear of their vehicle. Additionally, its redesign makes for easier access to various contents.

Something else that the Ram 1500 has are weatherproof containers. According to the automaker, the vehicle is capable of holding nearly 280 cans at one time.

A key component of any tailgate on a truck is the divider, as this is what can help keep grills secure when cooking. pointed out that the Ram 1500 has adjustable tie-down points that should prevent grills from slipping.

"The 1500 really has it all when it comes to tailgating, but we realize the pickups aren't for everyone," said Olsen. "Our list includes a variety of cars that also come with great tailgating features and fit the needs of every kind of driver."

Other vehicles that made the cut for being ideal for tailgating enthusiasts included the 2013, Chevrolet Suburban, Chrysler Town and Country, Ford Flex, GMC Acadia, Honda Fit and Toyota Sienna. Among 2014 models, ideal automobiles were the Honda Odyssey, Ridgeline and Subaru Forester.

Tailgating facts and figures
Auto insurance rates provider Nationwide recently collected a variety of statistics on tailgating in the country. For instance, it's estimated that two out of every five tailgaters spend approximately $500 each NFL season on food and supplies. The average person who tailgates does so between six and 10 times between September and early February.

Certain cities are better than others for tailgaters, when it comes to opportunity and availability. Baltimore, Denver, Houston, San Diego and Cincinnati are deemed the best overall, according to Nationwide research.

As for the best tailgating vehicles, the pick-up truck is one of the most ideal. However, Nationwide also indicated that RVs, minivans, sport-utility vehicles and RVs are also favorable.

Tailgaters should be aware, however, that fires can take place if precautions aren't taken. According to local television news station KTVU, in mid-August, three vehicles were destroyed in Oakland, Calif. after a vehicle parked near a hot grill caught fire during a party. The incident took place at Coliseum, which is where the MLB's Oakland Athletics and NFL's Oakland Raiders play. While there were no injuries that occurred, three vehicles were damaged beyond repair.

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