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Our 4 Vehicle Lineup for the Ultimate Tailgate

Posted by: Erin Guth

Tailgating is all about food, beverages and cheering on your team. But you can't forget about one of the most important elements of a tailgate...a properly equipped vehicle! Here's our lineup of four vehicles with features that will help kickoff the ultimate tailgate party.

2015 Dodge RAM 1500
Was this vehicle was specifically made for tailgating? It sure looks like it! The Dodge RAM 1500 special features including a huge amount of cargo space, a built in entertainment system, and the RamBox Cargo Management System. The Uconnect Access System is the perfect entertainment system for your tailgate with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, SiruxXM Radio, HD Radio and an AUX/USB connection for all your music needs. The RamBox offers space for up to 260 12-ounce cans! Yes, you heard right 260! The RamBox is perfect for storing beverages of all kinds. Plus, it has the ability to lock and has a drain plug for when all of the beverages are consumed!


2015 Honda Odyssey
Calling all sports fans: minivans are no longer just for soccer moms. The 16.2-inch split-screen system with HDMI input will keep your fans busy while you cook the burgers and brats. HondaLink technology allows you to stream Pandora, so be sure to create a playlist beforehand. The Blind Spot Information System has a rearview camera with multi-angles that will assist when trying to back into a tight spot. This is, of course, to ensure you can fit the largest amount of friends and family into your fan zone. And finally, the most tailgate-worthy feature of the vehicle, the built-in vacuum. The Odyssey is the only minivan which has a built-in vacuum convenient cleanup.


2014 Ford Flex
The Ford Flex features a multi-panel sunroof with four windows spanning through all three rows of seating. All passengers can get used to the bright early morning sunrise on the way to the tailgate with this view. The PowerFold technology allows you to fold the 3rd row at the touch of a button to create extra cargo space. The refrigerated console, in the 2nd row, can stash a six-pack of your favorite beer for the pre-game festivities. The console also has a freeze mode. The Flex has 10 cup holders to hold your beverage while you're tossing around the pigskin to warm up. And don't forget the Active Park Assist feature to help get into that tight parking spot.


2015 Chevrolet Traverse
The Traverse has three rows of spacious legroom for up to eight passengers. You're the one that got talked into bringing all the food, coolers and chairs? No problem! The 2nd and 3rd rows fold down to create more space for all the tailgating essentials. The Chevrolet Mobile Wi-Fi Connectivity Package is available for an extra charge but worth the investment. With little to no wireless signal at sporting events, the connectivity will make you and your friends the envy of the tailgate.


Now if we can just get the Bears off on the right foot...

What other vehicles do you think have features to beef up your tailgates? Comment below or tweet us @ChiAutoShow.

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