Breaking Down the Pick-Up Truck

In the company of apple pie and baseball, the pickup truck is an All-American favorite. Once considered a necessary form of transportation for farmers and tradespeople, the pickup is now the primary vehicle for millions of drivers. While some consumers still purchase trucks for utilitarian purposes, others enjoy the well-appointed interiors and upgrades that were previously only found in luxury cars.


So, what exactly is a pickup truck? If you look it up in the dictionary, a pickup is defined as a light duty truck with an enclosed cab, open cargo area with low sides, and a tailgate. In its most basic form, the definition is correct. Since the type of pickup you can buy varies widely, we wanted to expand on the definition. Most manufacturers allow buyers to choose from at least three different cab sizes, several bed lengths, a 2 or 4-wheel drive, and a variety of different trim levels. Given the number of makes and models available, if you're in the market for a pickup truck, you have a lot of options. When shopping for a vehicle, ask yourself a few questions. What size do I need? Am I looking to haul or tow something? Is it for work or pleasure? How many passengers will I have? What is my budget? Begin by making a list of some of your favorites and start researching. If you have a favorite automaker, that is a good place to start.


Something important to consider is size. You can choose a compact, mid-size, or full-size truck depending on your needs and wants. Compact pickups are smaller in scale and usually get better gas mileage than their full-size counterparts. Compacts can usually tow up to 3,000 pounds, which will accommodate many trailers. Smaller trucks also come equipped with either 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engines. If you have heavier towing needs, you'll want to move up to a mid-size or full-size truck. Some full-size pickups have a towing capacity of 20,000 pounds or more, depending on make and model.


Pickups are available is several cab styles so you can meet your seating needs. A standard cab has one bench or two bucket seats and no second row. There is some storage behind the front row seating. An extended cab has jump seats or a bench behind the front row, and are not intended for comfort on a long ride. A crew cab has a full second row of seating with four doors for the comfort of other passengers.


When it comes to truck beds, they vary in length from about five feet to eight feet long. If you're planning to haul building supplies or other large cargo, you'll want the longer bed. The average cargo area of the bed has relatively straight exterior sides, with arched areas to accommodate the rear wheels under the bed. Stepside truck boxes have flared fenders to provide space for the rear wheels and straight edges along all interior sides. 


Ford F-150, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Colorado all score high marks when it comes to the best pickups on the market today. For a quick, luxurious, smooth ride that can tow a five-ton trailer, you may want to opt for the F-150. If you're in the market for a mid-size pickup, the Canyon's V-6 is relatively quick and easy to maneuver. The Colorado offers nearly as much utility as a full-size without being extra-large, along with more speed and power. Some pickups require diesel fuel while others use regular gasoline. Check which fuel is needed before you make a decision.


AAA Auto Buying can help you select the best pick-up truck for your needs and budget. Our auto buying experts have the experience and knowledge required to provide you with a hassle free car buying experience. Check out our online inventory or call 1-866-710-6226 to get more information.

Call Now