Tailgating has become a very popular event before a big game or start of a concert. Although any vehicle will do, most dedicated tailgaters know some SUVs and trucks are just better than others.
When you’re talking about partying for several hours, you need a vehicle that can handle hauling all the tables, chairs, grills, coolers and any other necessary items you may need during the festivities.
Anyway you look at it, some vehicles are just more convenient for maximizing your tailgating experience than others.
Since we’re right in the middle of football season, our friends at TrueCar decided to take a look at the top eight new trucks and SUVs that are more likely to provide you with a quality tailgating experience. Some of the factors considered include:
- Cabin Space
- Cargo Capacity
- Actual features used during tailgating
The vehicles below are in no particular order. Just pick the one that best fits your needs, add a couple fold out lawn chairs, BBQ grill, and iced down cooler…Now kick back and enjoy the party!
One of the best pickups on the list is the 2015 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCab. It’s been completely redesigned for 2015 and has a market average selling price of $29,154. That’s a savings of just over $6,000 or 17.6 percent off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $35,400. With 20 percent down you can drive the XLT version SuperCab for $349 per month. This two wheel drive truck has plenty of cargo space and with its all aluminum-allow body and EcoBoost V-6 engine it provides you with a fuel economy of 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22.3 MPG combined. This truck allows you to show up for any tailgating event in style.
If an SUV/crossover is more your style, take a look at the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LS Midsize SUV. The Equinox has the cheapest monthly payment on the list at $260 a month with 20 percent down. Seating for five, the Chevy Equinox has just over 31 cubic feet of storage and is powered by a 3.6 liter V-6 engine producing 301 horsepower. The current average market price for an Equinox is $21,714, a 14.5 percent discount from its MSRP of $25,395 for the LS trim. Make sure you put this vehicle on your list if you’re in the market for a cheap and affordable vehicle able to move large groups of people on the go.
Take a look at all the vehicles that made it on the list below.
Competition Always Gets You the Best New Car Price
When negotiating a new car’s price, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what’s a good price to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Ryde Shopper or Motor Trend, their quotes will automatically include any discounts or cash-back incentives currently available in the marketplace.
Top 8 New SUVs/Trucks for Tailgating
|#||Vehicle||MSRP | Market Avg*||Discount $ / %||Est. Pymt**||MPG|
|1||2015 Ford F-150 2WD SuperCab 6.5 Ft Box XLT Large Truck||$35,400 | $29,154||$6,246 | 17.6%||$349||19/26/22.3|
|2||2015 Ram 1500 SLT Regular Cab 4×2 Long Bed Large Truck||$31,780 | $26,279||$5,501 | 17.3%||$315||20/28/23.7|
|3||2015 Mazda CX-9 Sport 2WD Large SUV||$30,865 | $25,687||$5,178 | 16.8%||$308||17/24/20.2|
|4||2015 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×4 Midsize SUV||$28,090 | 23,796||$4,294 | 15.3%||$285||23/28/24.3|
|5||2015 Chevrolet Equinox FWD LS Midsize SUV||$25,395 | $21,714||$3,681 | 14.5%||$260||22/32/26.6|
|6||2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad FWD Midsize SUV||$27,590 | $23,733||$3,857 | 14.0%||$284||19/26/22.3|
|7||2015 GMC Terrain FWD Denali Midsize SUV||$36,415 | 31,722||$4,693 | 12.9%||$380||22/32/26.6|
|8||2015 Cadillac SRX Base FWD Luxury SUV||$38,600 | 33,821||$4,779 | 12.4%||$405||17/24/20.2|
|*“Market Average” is based on the national average of recent vehicle transactions, including destination and delivery charges after incentives that are subject to change. This does not include tax, title, licensing, documentation or processing fees, other state and governmental charges and/or fees or any other charges or fees allowed by law. **Estimated monthly payments are based on a 2.5% APR for 72 months with 20% down on the current market average price, and excludes sales tax and other fees and charges that may vary by region or state. Actual APR may be subject to credit approval and other factors. These examples are for information purposes only, and are not an offer to lend. See dealer/lender for details, including actual available offers.|