What to Consider When Buying a Pickup Truck

October 17th, 2019 by

When you are looking to buy a pickup truck, it is essential to choose one that checks off all your requirements. Whether you want a pickup truck with better towing capabilities or one that works well as a family transport, find the best deals in your budget.

So to help you out, here is a list down of various types of pickup trucks and how they can fulfill your needs.

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Pickup Trucks: Types

White Pick up truckIn the US, there are eight types of pickup trucks, depending on the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating.

Broadly, there are three main categories:

Compact and Mid-sized

Smaller, compact models like the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and GMC Canyon fall under this pickup truck category. They usually offer four-cylinder engines and V6 engines and have a separate chassis frame on which they are built.

Full-Sized Pickup Trucks

More rugged and larger than the former category, these brawny vehicles have higher ground clearance than the compact types. Trucks in the 1500-series like the RAM 1500, Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and others belong to this group. Full-sized or half-ton trucks make up the majority of the pickup-truck market and serve as work trucks as well as a family car.

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Heavy-Duty Trucks

Conversationally, the trucks carrying numerical designations like 2500 or 3500 are usually thought of as heavy-duty trucks. But technically, they weigh less than 14,000 pounds, so according to the US government standards, they are still light-duty trucks. However, these bulky trucks have serious load-hauling capacities and are suitable for the most demanding chores and commercial purposes.


“Pickup trucks can haul boats, cars, campers, and trailers behind them.”


Factors to Consider While Buying a Pickup Truck

Pickup truck for towingTowing

Based on various factors like engine power, rear axle ratio, package, and wheelbase length, for most pickup trucks, the towing range is:

  • Compact – 3,000 and 7,000 pounds
  • Full-sized – 5,000 and 10,000 pounds
  • Heavy-duty – up to 31,000 pounds

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Cab Size and Bed

Regular, extended, and crew cabs offer different interior spaces and doors. Extended-cab trucks are the most used with the advantage of comfortable interior storage. But the rear seats may be cramped for adults, whereas regular cabs cost the lowest. Crew-cabs have four doors and ample rear seating and cargo space.

Standard bed length for:

  • Full-sized pickup – 8 feet
  • Extended cab – 6 feet
  • Four-door crew cab – 5 feet with
  • Compact pickup – 5 to 6 feet, based on the cab configuration

“Some trucks offer turbocharged V6 engines that are on par with V8.”


Fuel Economy

Most compact pickups have a base sizeable four-cylinder engine and an optional V6 engine. Full-sized trucks typically come with a V6 engine that provides an excellent fuel economy or a more powerful optional V8 engine. While unloaded, fuel economy can be:

  • Gas-powered full-sized pickups – 14 to 19 mpgChoosing a pickup from car dealership in Lexington, KY
  • Diesel models full-sized pickups – around 20 mpg
  • Compact trucks – 18 to 20 mpg

Ride Quality

Most pickups are rear-wheel-drive trucks that can carry heavy loads. For off-roading and to withstand winter traction and other harsh conditions, four-wheel drive (4×4 or 4WD) is suitable.

Best Pickup Trucks at Dan Cummins

The best Chevy trucks for sale and others available at Dan Cummins:

2019 Chevrolet Colorado

This mid-size Chevy pickup truck or a weekend fun as well as work duty. Available with three engine options, the truck achieves the best towing numbers.


“The latest-generation trucks offer smooth rides while carrying weights.”


2019 Chevy Silverado

Chevy Silverado comes with V6, V8, and turbocharged 4-cylinder engines. It allows for a maximum towing capacity of 7,600 pounds.

2019 RAM 1500

The RAM 1500 is a versatile full-size pickup truck that comes with a hybridized V-8 powertrain and offers a maximum towing capacity of 12,750 pounds.

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