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With a new football season upon us, it's time to think about upping our tailgating game. This can be a great way to experience the game with your friends and family with good food and good times, and having the right vehicle can make all the difference. Sure, you can tailgate with just about any vehicle with a tailgate, but there are some trucks, SUVs, and even minivans that have a few clever features that can make them the life of the party. Whether it's hidden storage, power outlets, or built-in speakers, the right vehicle can really bring your tailgating game to the next level. Here are six great tailgating vehicles for the 2019-2020 football season.

GMC Sierra 1500

GMC Sierra 1500

As you may have heard, the GMC Sierra is all-new for 2019 and among its many updates is an optional new MultiPro tailgate. This is a 6-function tailgate that can turn into stairs, load stops, and even a desk along with just folding down like a normal tailgate. The steps make it easy to climb in and out for when there are hard-to-reach items in the far end of the box. No more awkward reaching to grab another chair or a bag of chips. Other neat features of the new Sierra include a 120-volt power outlet and a Kicker in-bed audio system available as a dealer accessory. Find a GMC Sierra 1500 for sale

Honda Ridgeline

Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline is often overlooked by truck shoppers, but it's worth a serious look if you're planning on doing a lot of tailgating. Not only does the Ridgeline have a nice, flat load floor, a 150- to 400-watt in-bed outlet, and a tailgate that can swing down or swing out sideways, but it has an optional in-bed audio system, which is great for playing tunes or playing the game on the radio without having to bring any extra audio equipment. The Ridgeline also has an in-bed trunk, which is perfect for coolers, chairs, groceries, and anything else you can think to put in there leaving more room in the bed for bigger items like the grill. Find a Honda Ridgeline for sale

CPO Dodge Grand Caravan

CPO Dodge Grand Caravan

The Dodge Grand Caravan is getting a little long-in-the-tooth for 2019 since it's been mostly unchanged since the 2011 model year, which is why we recommend saving a few bucks and looking for a certified pre-owned example. This minivan is great for tailgating because of its tailgate seating. The third-row seats can fold back so they're facing out the back of the van with seating for up to three people. Obviously, being a minivan, this is a family-friendly choice and a great option if you're taking your family tailgating. Find a Dodge Grand Caravan for sale

Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition

Speaking of family haulers, another good option is the recently redesigned Ford Expedition. If you need more capability than what a minivan can muster or if you just like the idea of a big SUV with a lot of space, the Expedition could be the full-size SUV for you. If you're driving a long distance to the game, your passengers will appreciate the generous interior space, which is comfortable even in the third row. If you need extra cargo space, opt for the longer Expedition MAX model. Class-leading towing means you can easily pull a camper or a smoker with you if you're a really serious tailgater. Find a Ford Expedition for sale

Ram 1500

Ram 1500

Another clever new tailgate for 2019 is the optional Multifunction tailgate on the Ram 1500, which swings down like a normal tailgate or swings out like barn doors. Another feature that makes the Ram great for tailgating is the available Ram Box option, which has boxes built into the sides of the bed with remote keyless entry. It's kind of like the Ridgeline's in-bed trunk, but it's a cargo management system in the sides of the bed. These boxes even have an available 115-volt AC outlet, which is perfect for plugging in the TV. Find a Ram 1500 for sale

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Okay, so this one might be out of most of our price ranges with a starting MSRP of $325,000, but it's worth noting as an outstanding tailgating vehicle. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is not only one of the most luxurious SUVs on the planet, but it's also an awesome tailgater thanks to the available Viewing Suite configuration. With Viewing Suite, a press of a button produces two leather seats and a little cocktail table out of the back of your Rolls. If you want the classiest tailgating rig in the stadium parking lot, look no further than the Cullinan. We're not sure if Rolls-Royce intended for this feature to be used for tailgating at a football game, but we think it's a perfect use for the Viewing Suite. Find a Rolls-Royce Cullinan for sale

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