Top trucks for tailgating

September 12, 2011 12:00 AM

Football season has finally kicked off and throughout the year fans will be grilling and celebrating in the parking lot before the game. The ritual known as "tailgating" is a distinctly American phenomenon and one that many football fans put a lot of thought into - sometimes even more than the game itself.

With that in mind, one of the more important aspects of tailgating is what type of car you're using. Depending on the make and model of the car you take to the field, your vehicle can either be a help or a hinderance when it comes time to start cooking. The Boston Globe recently profiled some vehicles that drivers should consider if they plan on tailgating a lot this year.

The Ram 1500 is a good choice, thanks to its cargo management system. These additional bins allow drivers to store even more food and drink than the ample space in the massive truck bed. Not only did the Globe highlight this vehicle, but Kelley Blue Book picked it as their top choice as well.

Other trucks to make the list included the Chevrolet Avalanche, which has extra space in the cab, and the Honda Ridgeline, which has possibly the best tailgate for sitting.

Of course, a pickup truck loaded up with grilles, coolers and other party essentials needs to be in top condition. Now's a good time to get a vehicle inspection or tune-up ahead of the big games. 

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