As Thanksgiving rolls around, football fans across the nation fire up the grill and gather ‘round the parking lot to take part in the time-honored tradition of tailgating. While tailgating set-ups can range from spartan to supersized, one thing’s for sure: the truck makes the tailgate. Whether you’re cheering for your college alma mater or setting up camp outside an NFL stadium, you’ll need the right vehicle to get the job done. Read on for Vroom’s picks for the top 7 trucks for tailgating. Touchdown!
- Ford F-series
There’s a reason every tailgate parking lot is crowded with this classic, All-American truck (which is also the official truck of the NFL). The F-series trucks come with a roomy bed that can handle all of your tailgating accessories. Even better, once you unpack your gear, there’s plenty of space for a couple of chairs so you can survey the scene from your perch atop your throne. The F-350 even boasts a 110-volt/400-watt inverter outlet that’s perfect for juicing up a flat-screen TV or speaker.
- Dodge Ram
Dodge’s answer to Ford’s F-series, the Ram pickup series makes an excellent tailgate vehicle. Each pickup comes with an air suspension system that lowers the entire truck to make it easier to climb in and out of the bed. You can ditch the cooler at home — a waterproof bed liner means you can pack the truck bed with ice and your favorite brews. The RamBox cargo management system is also a plus when it comes to storage solutions, offering bed tie-downs, cargo partitions, and LED lighting.
- Chevrolet Silverado
Boasting a roll-formed steel bed floor and rugged cargo box, the Chevy Silverado is one tough, full-size truck. It’s full of small hacks that’ll make your tailgating easier, including upper tie downs built into the bed to secure your load and a cornerstep built into the rear bumper (along with pocket grips on the side rails) to make getting in and out a breeze. Newer models even come with articulating running boards that extend backwards to give you easy access to the front of the bed.
- Chevrolet Colorado
A mid-size pickup, the Chevy Colorado is a favorite among tailgaters (and probably among Denver Broncos fans). Colorado fans are onto something, as the vehicle nabbed Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” award in 2015 and 2016. The EZ Lift tailgate feature means with a simple handle pull, the tailgate falls open gracefully. It also makes it a cinch to remove the tailgate entirely. You determine the best way to organize your tailgating accessories with the GearOn™ storage system, a customizable bed divider that allows for two-tier loading.
- Toyota Tacoma
The Toyota Tacoma makes it easier than ever to protect your tailgating gear while you’re away, thanks to a locking tailgate handle and an available locking cover that slides right over the truck bed. Newer models feature a rugged bed liner made of reinforced fiber, adjustable tie-down cleats, and handy storage compartments built into the truck’s sides. Perhaps the most tailgating-friendly feature is the bed-mounted 120-volt/400-watt outlet, so you can plug in a speaker and blast your team’s fight song from the bed itself.
- Toyota Tundra
The Toyota Tundra is a versatile tailgating vehicle that is customizable to your needs, as it’s available with three bed sizes: short, standard, and long. The tailgate lowers and lifts easily with the touch of just two fingers and can be easily locked. Tie-down cleats will help keep your grill secure when transporting to and from the tailgate. Raining? No problem. Fold-up rear seats allow extra storage inside the cabin for anything you want to shield from the elements.
- Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier is a mid-size truck, perfect for maneuvering through crowded parking lots and backing into tight spaces. The Utili-track® cargo-carrying system is unique in that its partitions lock into the channels on the floor, not just in the walls. You can snap in your tie-down cleats anywhere along the Utili-track system, making it easier to secure awkwardly shaped cargo. A sliding bed extender makes the bed just a little bit longer, when you need to squeeze in one more lawn chair, and step rails grant you easy access to the roof and the front of the truck bed.
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