Football season is almost here, which also means tailgating season. Tailgating is arguably just as fun as watching the game itself. It’s a great way for you and other sports fans to celebrate before or after an exciting game with good food, drinks, and music.
Your favorite football player may have a stylish sports car, but you probably won’t see these used for tailgating. The perfect car for a tailgate party should ideally have a lot of room in the trunk for all of your party gear, a good audio setup, and spacious seating for passengers. Edmunds posted their favorite tailgate cars a few years back, and we picked some of the ones that still hold up today.
You may know the Jeep Cherokee for its exceptional off-roading capabilities, but it also doubles as an excellent tailgate car. It can comfortably seat five sports fans, with an optional sunroof so that passengers can easily sit on top of the vehicle during the party.
The latest Cherokee has even more cargo space than previous models, a total of 54.7 cubic feet with even more space under the cargo floor’s hidden compartment. That’s plenty of room for a few collapsible chairs, a cooler, and any other tailgating supplies.
The Jeep Cherokee has also can be purchased with a premium Alpine audio system and comes with two USB ports on the back of the rear center console for additional power.
Dodge Ram 1500
A pickup truck is an obvious pick for tailgating since it has a spacious truck bed. Like the Jeep Cherokee, you can have the Alpine stereo system complete with a subwoofer or a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system to keep the team spirit strong with loud fight songs.
The Ram 1500’s quad and crew cab models have six seats with plenty of room for passengers to move around. In addition to its ample bed length of 6×4 feet, this car also has some storage features practically made for tailgating. With the Ram Box upgrade, you get a waterproof compartment conveniently located on the side of the truck bed perfect for storing beverages. You will also receive RamBins for the floor beneath the cabin with even more space for all your tailgating needs.
In addition to being awesome vehicles for soccer moms and dads, a minivan is a great car for tailgating. The Honda Odyssey comes with three rows of comfortable seats that can easily accommodate up to eight passengers.
These seats are also made with a spill-resistant material, just in case things get a little carried away during the party. Even with all the seats in use, you’ll still have 38.6 feet of space for lawn chairs, portable grills, and other supplies.
With the first two rows folded down, you’ll have 158 cubic feet of storage for just about anything you could need for your next tailgate. Other upgrades that can enhance any tailgating party include an 11-speaker sound system, a built-in cooler for beverages, a hands-free power liftgate, and power sliding doors.
Ford pickup trucks are powerful, reliable, and one of the most popular choices for tailgating parties. The Ford F-150 can seat up to six football fans in SuperCrew and SuperCab models.
With the rear seats flipped up, you can even fit a big-screen television in the back to watch highlights after the game. Some models have bed lengths of up to 8 feet, enough space for all your party supplies and even to set up a chair or two once the party starts.
Available upgrades include a 10-speaker Band and Olufsen or Sony sound system, an inverter that can charge all of your electronic devices, and a Sync 3 infotainment system.