As the leaves start to change colors, students head back to school, and the days get cooler, our thoughts naturally turn to tailgating. You can almost smell the exhaust, burning brats, and cheap beer already. Start icing down the cooler, pack the grill, and dig out your favorite university apparel. We'll handle the transportation.
Perhaps the ultimate tailgating rig is a pickup truck your buddy happens to own and drive (allowing you to concentrate more on the festivities and less on the traffic). For those looking to upgrade to something new and exciting, we've rounded up eight of the best new cars, trucks, and SUVs on the market that can elevate your tailgating experience. Whether you're looking for a faster way to leave the parking lot, a more luxurious base, or simply better options to connect with the outside world after you park and set up the buffet, we've got a ride that fits the bill.
If you need some upgraded tailgating gear, head over to facebook.com/automobilemag, "Like" our page, and post up to five photos of your tailgating style on our wall. We're giving away some great tailgating gear from Cabela's Coleman, and Wild Sales. For the full rules of the contest, click this link.