Consumers' Favorites: Best Vehicles for Tailgate Parties


While it may be no surprise that a pair of pickups nabbed the two top spots, the order was a shocker. The handsome Ram 1500, with 50.4 percent of the vote, soundly beat the ever popular Ford F-150, which came in a 2nd with 22.6 percent. A distant 3rd went to the versatile Honda Ridgeline, at 8.4 percent.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites poll.

  1. Ram 1500

    1. Ram 1500 (50.4%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Ram 1500 is our top pick in the full-size pickup segment, thanks to a winning combination of strong powertrains, a smooth ride and a well-trimmed cabin.

  2. Ford F-150

    2. Ford F-150 (22.6%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Ford F-150 is offered in a substantial array of trims and powertrains to accommodate all manner of towing, hauling or off-road needs. Although it's not the freshest full-size truck out there, it remains a must-drive for shoppers.

  3. Honda Ridgeline

    3. Honda Ridgeline (8.4%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Honda Ridgeline doesn't have the muscle that serious truck buyers demand, but its combination of a carlike ride and pickup utility makes it all the pickup many buyers will ever need.

  4. Chrysler Town and Country

    4. Chrysler Town and Country (4.4%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With its comprehensive equipment and nifty Stow 'n Go seats, the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country looks great on paper, but rival minivans are fundamentally more refined.

  5. Ford Flex

    5. Ford Flex (3.5%) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Ford Flex offers a desirable combination of space, versatility, features and solid driving dynamics. It's a top choice among large, seven-passenger family crossovers.

  6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    5. Mercedes-Benz E-Class (3.5%) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class epitomizes the modern midsize luxury car with its elegant furnishings, exacting workmanship and huge selection of engines and features. If you're shopping in this class, it's not to be missed.

  7. Honda Odyssey

    7. Honda Odyssey (3.1%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Honda Odyssey is a top pick for minivans thanks to its versatile interior, long list of features and engaging driving dynamics.

  8. Lincoln MKT

    8. Lincoln MKT (2.2%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Lincoln MKT is a solid option for consumers shopping for a six- or seven-passenger luxury crossover, but its unusual shape puts the squeeze on rear-seat headroom and cargo space.

  9. Kia Soul

    9. Kia Soul (1.8%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2014 Kia Soul's funky styling and fun-to-drive attitude make it great for city commutes, and its hatchback versatility makes it practical as well.

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