10 best vehicles for fall tailgating

Dodge Ram Crew Cab SLT

Pickup trucks defined the term “tailgating” and the redesigned 2009 Dodge Ram appears to have been specifically designed for the event.

Seating: Completely redesigned for 2009, the Dodge Ram Crew Cab pickup can transport up to six adults in the cab.

Cargo: The rear-seat back can be folded for carrying additional cargo inside. Consider its store-in-the-floor storage bins located in the cab’s rear-seat area. Large enough to hold 10 12-ounce beverages and ice, each has a removable liner for convenient cleanup. These are in addition to the weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails as part of the optional $1,895 RamBox cargo management system. They each contain 4.3 cubic feet of storage and, combined, can hold up to 10 cases of 12-ounce beverages. Of course when not tailgating, you can store all sorts of other gear in there. A pickup bed divider can keep coolers — would you really need them? — and other tailgating items from shifting. The RamBox system also includes a cargo rail setup with four adjustable cleats.

Convenience: Folding down the tailgate provides a built-in seat.

Features: Several option packages that include a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet. A surround-sound audio system and a 30 GB hard drive are also available. The base V-8 is a 4.7-liter that develops 310 horsepower. To get to the game more quickly you can opt for the 390-horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.

Price: With the RamBox management system, the 2WD Ram SLT has a suggested retail price of $34,675 for the smaller V-8 and $35,985 for the Hemi.

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