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3 Best Tailgating Vehicles for the 2017 Football Season


Pine-rider. Low man on the totem pole. Second fiddle. Bench jockey. You’d rather not have these terms stitched onto the back of your jersey. Instead, you yearn to be the starter, the big kahuna, the go-to guy Coach calls up when the going gets tough. Like Canton’s Hall of Famers, you’re determined to become something monumentally great—at least when it comes to tailgating. But you’re only as good as the tools at your disposal, so why not upgrade your tool belt with a brand-new, straight-out-of-the-proverbial-box truck from our GM dealership near Roanoke? Your buddies will thank you, and you’ll thank us (that’s what we call a “win-win”).

Get ready for football season by checking out these extraordinary tailgating masterpieces, all of which are available for sale and lease at Midpoint Chevrolet Buick GMC.

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For Rookie Tailgaters: 2018 GMC Canyon

What it’s got: Range-topping 308-hp V6 engine; CornerStep rear bumper; EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate; 13 tie-down anchors; seats with dual-density foam; 4 USB ports; 4G Wi-Fi hotspot; GMC infotainment; Rear Seat Reminder; MyGMC mobile app.

Why you’ll want it: This small pickup truck doesn’t offer the same trailering as the larger Chevrolet Silverado, but the 2018 GMC Canyon is more than capable of towing up to 7,700 pounds of tailgating gear, coolers, and firewood. Uber-comfortable cushioned seats make the long drives to away games not so meh, as does the versatile GMC infotainment center with built-in Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility. Take a look at the newest GMC Canyon pickup trucks available at our GMC dealer near Martinsville!

Accompanying accessories: GearOn™ Bed Divider – Keep organized before heading to the game. That way you can unpack quickly and get to all the fun tailgating activities, like cornhole, ladder ball, or cursing at the opposing team’s fans when they casually walk by to use the porta potty. (The nerve of some people.) Ask the crew at our Rocky Mount GM dealership to order your auto parts.


For Veteran Tailgate Kings: 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500

What it’s got: 360-hp V8 engine; cargo box LED lights; EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate; CornerStep rear bumper; 4G LTE Wi-FI; MyLink® infotainment; USB ports; wireless charging pad; dual-zone AC; remote entry/start; EchoMaster® Trailering Camera.

Why you’ll want it: If you bring a lot of gear in addition to a travel trailer when you hit a tailgate party, you’ll love having a max towing capacity of just over 18,000 lbs. The built-in trailering camera system (optional) is a nice touch, too, as it allows you to connect and go in a matter of minutes. Click to view our inventory of Chevy Silverado trucks near Roanoke, VA.

Accompanying accessories: Long Box Sportz® Camping Tent – This lightweight pop-up tent comfortably sleeps two, is waterproof, and comes designed to fit your Silverado’s truck bed like a glove. And on those chilly nights, when the campfire starts to die down, you can cuddle up in a cozy sleeping bag and listen to the shenanigans going on across the way. Order this 2018 Silverado accessory at our Rocky Mount Car Parts department.

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For the Lone Wolf: 2017 Buick Envision

What it’s got: Hands-free power liftgate; 4g LTE Wi-Fi; dual-winged center console with storage; 60/40 fold-flat rear seats; IntelliLink® navigation; OnStar® services; dual USB ports; Surround Vision Camera; automatic start-stop tech; 29 mpg (highway).

Why you’ll want it: When you’re rolling solo to meet your tailgating group, you don’t need much more than a convenient and spacious cargo area, comfortable cabin, and safety features. The 2017 Envision has all of that. With the rear seats flattened, you’ll get a luxurious 57.3 cubic-foot storage area that accommodates camping chairs, a tent, an inflatable mattress, and coolers. The hands-free liftgate and a low lift-over height mean you’ll never struggle to get things in or out. The new Envision also earned remarkable safety ratings by both the IIHS and NHTSA. Check out our selection of new Buick Envisions for sale.

Accompanying accessories: Hitch-mounted Cargo Box– Made by Thule®, this cargo box attaches to your Envision’s hitch (available) and offers 13 cubic feet of additional space items like footballs or grilling utensils. It’s waterproof, durable, and can be locked before you grab your seat for the opening kick-off. Don’t leave home without it (seriously, this cargo box can be quite useful). To learn more about this or any other car accessory, contact our Buick Parts department to order and have your add-on installed.

The football season lasts just a few short months, but with one of these fine tailgating vehicles at your disposal, you’ll be able to enjoy tailgate parties for years—and you won’t even be the benchwarmer, but rather the star of the show. Who wouldn’t want that?

Come check out all of these amazing tailgating trucks and SUVs at Midpoint Chevy Buick GMC, your trusted car dealership near Roanoke, VA. In addition to the all-new GM models, we also have numerous GM car deals and carry a large variety of used cars and trucks for sale, allowing you to save money while also being a completely capable tailgate pro. Contact us at (540) 352-4280 or stop by our Rocky Mount car dealer at 17807 Virgil Goode Highway to test drive any of our new or used vehicles. Enjoy living in pigskin paradise!

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