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Your 5 Best Cars for Tailgate Parties

Stocks in this article: GM HMC

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- With football season in full swing, here's a look at five vehicles that score big touchdowns when it comes to using them for tailgate parties.

"These models all have something special and unique that makes them great for tailgating," says Patrick Olsen of Cars.com, which recently named the models as 2013's Top Tailgaters.

For those of you who aren't football fans, tailgating is a time-honored tradition that involves holding a barbecue or picnic in a football stadium's parking lot before the big game.

Fans historically took their pickup trucks to the stadium and dropped the tailgates down to serve as bases for barbecue grills -- hence the term "tailgate party."

Olsen and other Cars.com editors picked this year's best tailgaters by analyzing all models with enough room for five or more fans to see which ones had amenities particularly handy for tailgate parties.

The winners boast everything from built-in cooler space to on-board vacuum cleaners for post-party cleanups.

"All of the models at the top of our list all bring something unique to tailgating," Olsen says. "They all have some feature or features that raise them above the crowd."

Click below to check out this year's Top Tailgater, plus four vehicles that Cars.com named as runners-up (listed in order of price). All dollar figures refer to manufacturers' suggested retail prices for each vehicle's base version.

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