When we think of an epic tailgate party, a few things spring to mind — hot food, cold drinks, games, music, and a few good friends by your side. To throw a truly special pre-game party, however, You need something special that ties it all together and obscures the fact that at the end of the day, you’re just drinking in a parking lot.
Whether it’s a truck, van, SUV, or three-axle monstrosity, there are tons of great options for tailgating vehicles. With the big game going down in just a few days, we’d like to count down our favorites for you here. Fire up that grill and let’s get started.
If we’re going by names alone, the Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle by Nissan has a legitimate claim to the top spot on our list. Once you look a little closer though, you’ll realize just how awesome of a party this little four-door can throw.
The fun-loving concept is based on the e-NV200 van, and its zero-emission powertrain supplies juice to a 1,500-watt electric grill in addition to the drive wheels. The car is also equipped with amenities like a mist shower, mosquito barrier system, power outlets, and even a drone-mounted selfie camera to document all your spastic celebrations. To learn more, check out Nissan’s video above. Trust us, it’s worth your time.
Let’s class this party up! This special-edition Range Rover is a collaboration between Land Rover’s customization house Overfinch and British gunmaker Holland & Holland, and while it’s designed for high-class hunting trips, it’s also the perfect choice for an upscale outdoor soirée.
Fitted with a decadent leather interior and a built-in gun and liquor cabinet, this ultra fancy SUV is essentially Don Draper on four wheels. The interior and exterior are completely bespoke, and during the first year of ownership, Land Rover says it will replenish your champagne, whiskey, gin, and vodka supplies free of charge. The vehicle also features unique engraved plaques by Holland & Holland, but for safety’s sake, you may want to leave your munitions at home.
This culinary-themed Toyota was designed in part by Iron Chef America champion Tim Love, which makes it a no-brainer for this list right off the bat. Unlike other celebrity-endorsed cars — which usually add nothing but a few decals and badges — this mobile BBQ takes its name very literally.
The one-off SEMA concept comes with a 27-inch infrared grill in the back, as well as two taps for beer and wine, storage coolers, a trio of HD televisions, and six full-range speakers from Rockford Fosgate. What more could you want? Video games? Well, you’re in luck, because the Tundra features an integrated Playstation 4 to keep you occupied during halftime.
Want to have a tailgate party at the top of a mountain? If so, you’re going to need the KiraVan.
The KiraVan was designed by former Disney Imagineer and current Applied Minds CEO Bran Ferran, who crafted the impermeable RV so he could take epic road trips with his four-year-old daughter Kira. The project took five years to complete, but a vehicle like this takes time.
The 51,700-lb behemoth is fitted with all the conveniences a young child could want, which translates to the needs of intoxicated tailgaters quite well. The vehicle includes a full kitchen with a fridge, freezer, convection oven, microwave, sink, and fold-out cooking surfaces, as well as two sleeping areas and loads of security features.
In terms of Super Bowl readiness, the KiraVan’s Kevlar-reinforced tires can traverse fields of broken glass with ease, and you could even rent out the vehicle’s bathroom for a hefty fee. By the time the game is over, you might just make enough to put a few drops in the RV’s fuel tank.
On the more accessible side of things is the Honda Ridgeline, a vehicle often dubbed the “anti-truck.” While the pickup lags behind the competition in towing and toughness, it makes up for it with ingenuity. The Ridgeline’s trick dual tailgate makes loading and unloading party supplies a snap, and its lockable trunk can keep all your valuables safe. Here’s the kicker though — the second-generation model features an in-bed audio system with six “exciters” in place of conventional speakers, which is, well, exciting.
Any Ridgeline you can get your hands on is a great choice for pre-game festivities, but if you’re set on the new one, the 2017 model goes on sale later this year.