2010 Kia Soul
Aimed toward youthful buyers, the Soul's widespread features and budget friendly price may be just the ticket for many tailgaters. With a sub-$14,000 price tag, the Soul fits into just about anybody's budget. A low sticker price doesn't mean Kia's skimping in terms of the audio system and connectivity. USB and auxiliary inputs offer convenient ways to channel music to the optional 315-watt eight-speaker stereo. Illuminated speaker enclosures that dance to the beat of the music are an interesting touch, although not everyone enjoys the feature. Bluetooth connectivity comes as standard equipment on all but the base trim.
The Soul's styling won't let you blend into the crowd and 18-inch wheels on the top two models further distinguish the look. With seating for five and 19.3-cubic feet of rear cargo space, the Soul should be able to handle enough tailgate equipment. An external temperature display helps you decide exactly how many layers of clothing will be needed for those late season games.
The Soul won't break any land speed records, but its 1.6 and 2.0-liter engines offer fuel economy ratings of 26/31 city/highway and 24/30 respectively. With moderate pricing and reasonable fuel economy, the Soul should make the list of any budget-minded tailgater.