Cars.com released its picks of top cars for tailgating, just in time for the football season. The site's experts evaluated a gamut of cars to determine which have the most to offer the serious tailgater.
2013 Ram 1500 : Thanks to a host of tailgate-friendly updates, the tough-looking Ram 1500 is this year's winner. Notable tailgating-friendly highlights that made the 1500 the winner include: A new feature for 2013 allows owners to lower their truck to parking height for easier access to the bed and its contents. An optional RamBox package includes covered, weatherproof containers that Chrysler says can store up to 280 cans plus ice. Adjustable tie-down points and truck bed divider (both included with the RamBox package) should help keep the grill secure en route to the game. Uconnect Wi-Fi allows your crew to set their fantasy football lineups via a private Internet network accessible within 150 feet of the truck.
2013 Chevrolet Suburban: This SUV can accommodate up to nine fans plus minivan-beating cargo space large enough for grills, coolers and chairs behind the third row.
2013 Chrysler Town & Country: The Town & Country boasts impressive cargo room and available powered rear tailgate seats. Beyond that, Chrysler claims a segment-exclusive rear entertainment setup: two flip-down screens viewable from behind the open liftgate.
2013 Ford Flex: The Flex has substantial cargo space behind the third row, so an efficient packer could cram a small grill and coolers behind as many as seven football fans. The Flex's third row fits adults in reasonable comfort. And that row converts to a rear-facing tailgate seat.
2013 GMC Acadia: The three-row Acadia boasts van-like cargo space large enough for all of the tailgating essentials. It also has available cargo-area stereo controls.
2013 Honda Fit: The Fit's small size hides some surprising cargo room for its size behind the rear seats and even more if you fold them down.
2014 Honda Odyssey: The Odyssey has all the minivan goods: best-in-class cargo room behind the second row, plus a widescreen entertainment screen visible from behind an open tailgate. New for 2014 is the available HondaVac system, whose powerful ShopVac vacuum makes cleaning up a breeze.
2013 Honda Ridgeline: The Ridgeline returns to the list for 2013 thanks to its drainable in-bed trunk, allowing you to leave the cooler at home.