The football season is officially in full swing. Now Sundays (and Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays for college, and Fridays for high school) will be spent staring at the TV, checking your fantasy lineup, and, if you’re lucky enough to actually go to the game, tailgating. Ah, tailgating—there are few things better in the world than cooking hamburgers in a parking lot on a chilly autumn day. There are two essential ingredients to tailgating: good food and a good vehicle. And here we have a list of some of the best vehicles for tailgating.
Should You Buy a Used Unimog?
What’s a Unimog, you ask? Well, if we look to the reliable and almost-always-accurate Wikipedia, we’ll learn that Unimog is a range of multi-purpose 4-wheel-drive trucks produced by Mercedes-Benz.
With diesel power, high ground clearance, a flexible frame and a powerful off-road ability, Unimogs can be found in places where other motor vehicles dare not go.
That includes the freeways of Los Angeles, where one very famous Unimog once lived.
The back-to-school season and fall sports have begun, and if you’re the parent of a child who plays any of the many fall sports, you know how important your vehicle will become when bringing athletes to their practices and, more important, games. Carpooling will become an essential part of your everyday commute, and you’ll want a vehicle that can hold as many teammates—and all their equipment—in the safest way possible. Well, we’ve compiled a list for you that takes all of that into account. We looked at the number of seats, the amount of cargo space available and the safety rating of all the minivans and SUVs on the market, and we found the best options for getting your athletes (and their friends) to games and back.
Every vehicle on this list has seating for at least 7 and a terrific safety rating. Seven of the 10 vehicles on this list have a perfect NHTSA 5-star safety rating, while the other three (the Dodge Journey, Lincoln Navigator and Toyota 4Runner) are just below the threshold of perfection and make up for it in other relevant ways.
I only saw it for a moment.
While driving out of town and heading north toward my favorite lake, I turned my head, because something odd caught my attention. In a parking lot on the other side of the highway sat what appeared to be an older Jaguar.
In itself, that observation was nothing spectacular. But this Jag was different, because its body sat a good 6 feet above the suspension and tires.
Someone had taken that little Jag and turned it into a monster truck. As a guy who appreciates Jaguars and other non-monster types of vehicles, I don’t understand modifications that take a car and turn it into something it was never meant to be.
We may not understand the motives behind such auto atrocities, but we can stand back, laugh, and silently criticize the cars that no one else will ever want. I will say this, though:
Each of the cars pictured below must have taken a labor of love to create. While these aren’t my taste, at least someone had fun making them.
It wasn’t a bad list and featured the usual suspects from Seat, Citroen, Holden and Land Rover. The list neglected to mention a true international classic, though, which has soldiered on since 1984 and is still sold new. This vehicle has been marketed and sold around the world, with the exclusion of a few countries in North and South America.
It’ll never be sold new here in the States, but it is possible used versions could be imported.
September 1 is quickly approaching, and if you’re familiar with Boston’s seasons, you know what that means. The city’s population will see a 20% swing in one day as everyone’s lease begins. The streets will be jammed with moving vans, students and parents will desperately try to move large pieces of furniture into dorms and apartments, and everyone will wish that their lease began sometime last week. And with this frustration comes the most wonderful time of the year: Allston Christmas. So, you’ll need a vehicle to move your stuff into your new apartment or pick to up that abandoned recliner you could really use off the sidewalk (I mean, it’s really nice, who would just throw that away)?
Don’t be deceived by the gas signs when traveling abroad.
Gas prices here in the States are about as high as they’ve ever been, hovering just below $4 per gallon in my area. The premium stuff is $3.89 at my corner station.
That makes filling up my SUV a major account drain. In fact, there should probably be men in suits and dark glasses verifying account balances before drivers are allowed to enter a gas station’s general proximity.
Having a rig that gets 20 miles per gallon, tops, is expensive. Unfortunately, it’s also necessary when you have a family of 6 and enjoy adventurous car camping trips in another country.
A Toyota Prius just isn’t going to cut it.
I began life as a delivery boy.
Well, after actually being delivered at the hospital, I basically went right to work as a delivery boy for my dad’s business.
I didn’t deliver pizzas like most young people; I delivered mattresses, because my dad owned a mattress company.
My point in mentioning this is that I became more familiar with driving a 24-foot box truck than I did with the ’84 Accord I used to get to and from work.
I quickly learned that right turns need to be as wide as possible and low-hanging branches can punch right through the box.
These are things that people who have never driven a large truck might not think about, yet every day moving companies happily hand out keys to people who have never driven anything bigger than a Miata.
This topic came to mind because of a Facebook meme that made me laugh, but makes a very good point.
That said, here are tips for driving a large truck:
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, small trucks were seen everywhere and proudly driven by guys and gals who wanted the occasional utility of a pickup bed but not the gas-mileage penalty of a large truck.
The small trucks were inexpensive, had a tough look and often came with a capable 4-wheel-drive system.
Once the 2000s hit, small trucks all but disappeared in the U.S., because automakers decided that truck buyers should buy basic full-size trucks instead of compact trucks.
Now some are changing their tune, as GM will bring back two of the trucks we all miss so much.
The summer months are quickly coming to an end, a sad reality we all know too well. But before you welcome the inevitable shift in seasons, why not hit the road for one last taste of summer? August is road-trip season—a time of year best enjoyed traveling the whole way on the road, bringing only what you can fit into your vehicle. Whether you’re taking a week of vacation, a weekend getaway or a long day trip, your vehicle will be pretty important.