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by Gregg Laskoski on Sep 29, 2012 06:00 AM
While many of us really can't sink our teeth into football season until after the Yankees win the World Series, others are more than ready to shift their attention to college and pro football and the joy of beating the point spread.
And for those football fanatics, Cars.com has come up with its list of top cars for the 2012 tailgating season. This is serious business. Even high school football (bowl games) have recorded attendance records of more than 45,000 so it's safe to say that football and tailgating are two things we hold sacred.
Which vehicle is the absolute best of the best for tailgating?
Cars.com says it's the 2012 Honda Odyssey. "The ultimate tailgating machine. Packed full of fan-friendly features, the Odyssey can carry up to eight fans with enough room behind them to pack a small grill. Or, it can carry five fans, collapse the third row and have 93.1 cubic feet for even more storage. Derpending on which package you choose, you could have technology features like Honda's 16.2 inch split screen entertainment system.
"When it comes to tailgating, the Odyssey has it all," says Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's editor in chief. "However we recognize that most car shoppers are looking for something that suits a wide variety of lifestyles and needs."
"Our runners up represent cars from different segments that meet many different driver needs, but also allow them to pack up the grill and head to their team's parking lot before the game," he added.
Best of the rest? Other top tailgating vehicles according to Cars.com are:
2013 Dodge Caravan: With storage galore, Stow n' Go seats and third row seats that flip back for rear-facing tailgating seats, this van is the perfect tailgater.
2012 GMC Acadia: This tailgater bridges the SUV minivan gap best with great storage and top-notch entertainment features.
2012 Nissan Xterra: The Xterra might have modest cargo space, but it was built for tailgating with an available Easy Clean cargo area that covers the cargo floor and second-row seat backs with an easy-to-clean hard coating.
2012 Toyota 4Runner: An optional sliding cargoo deck in the five passenger 4Runner extends up to 400 pounds of food and beverages within easy reach of tailgaters. Leave the folding table at home; this has one built in.
2012 Subaru Outback: The Outback's standard, removable cargo tray means you can make a mess, remove the tray and hose it off, making cleanup a breeze.