Base price: $30,620 It's little surprise that the Town & Country gets Cars.com's endorsement for tailgating, as this seven-passenger minivan's third-row seats feature what Chrysler actually calls a "tailgate mode." here to see a demonstration.) Olsen says the Town & Country also made Cars.com's list because the van's available rear-seat entertainment system boasts not one but two flip-down video screens, each large enough to see from outside the car.
Base price: $28,825 Face it, you're going to have to clean your car once your tailgating party is over. That's where the Odyssey's available built-in vacuum cleaner comes in handy. "For us, the coolest feature in all of the winning cars is the Odyssey's vacuum cleaner in back," Olsen says. "We tested it and it works pretty well." Cars.com editors also like the Odyssey's optional rear-seat entertainment system, which plays content from Blu-ray discs, Netflix ( NFLX) and other sources on a video screen big enough to see from outside the minivan. Lastly, Olsen says the Odyssey -- which Honda ( HMC) significantly refreshed for 2014 -- also has plenty of room for football fans and cargo. Some versions of the minivan can hold eight people.
Base price: $29,575 The Ridgeline takes the game ball when it comes to tailgating because the pickup truck offers tons of space for drinks, snacks and even a barbecue grill.
Base price: $45,065 The Suburban boasts more heft than the average defensive line, with room for nine passengers and 45 cubic feet of cargo. (That's about three times as much stuff as the average sedan's trunk can hold). "Size really does matter when it comes to the Suburban," Olsen says. Cars.com also gives the Suburban extra points for sentimental reasons, as the model has been shuttling fans to football games ever since General Motors ( GM) rolled the first Suburbans out in the 1930s. "The Suburban is really very iconic in terms of being a tailgating vehicle of old," Olsen says.
Base price: $23,100 The Ram 1500, which Chrysler updated significantly for 2013, wins the Lombardi Trophy for tailgating thanks to a bevy of party-friendly features. Olsen says tailgaters will especially appreciate a pair of lockable "RamBox" storage containers built into either side of the Ram's truck bed. Chrysler designed the RamBoxes to hold 140 12-ounce cans each, so there's little risk of your party guests running out of drinks. Another tailgate-friendly feature: a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot you can rent access to for a day for just $10 -- perfect for going online during your party to check out your fantasy-football picks.