Buying a truck used to be a simple decision making process. There was a time when all trucks typically look the same. There were not so many options in regard to conveniences and amenities in addition to its hauling capacity. Before, trucks were just trucks- a two or four-door automobile with an exposed rear cargo area.
If you are in the market for a new truck, you might want to think of how many passengers will be riding with you most of the time; how much load you will be hauling or carrying; and if you will be pulling along a trailer with your truck.
Once you have all these basic issues sorted out, then you can choose between a compact or full-size truck. Compact trucks are smaller and capable of light to medium loads. Due to its small size, it is easier to maneuver a compact truck than a full-size one. It has a smaller engine, which means better gas mileage. Towing capacities of compact trucks range from 3,000 to 6,000 pounds. A compact truck will be a good choice for most towing tasks. However, if you have heavier towing needs, then you should check out a full-size truck.
Full-size trucks offer more options in terms of comfort and luxury compared to compact trucks. They are made to carry and tow the largest of workloads aside from providing interior amenities. Some of full-size trucks are already like moving tool sheds with durable storage areas, onboard generators, and convenient tie down cargo systems. Most of these full-size trucks are equipped with diesel-powered engines that provide plenty of towing power and better mileage.
Most trucks, including compact trucks, are already equipped with basic safety features like anti-lock braking systems and front airbags. Full-size trucks may have more advanced safety equipments like side-curtain airbags and traction control. Some full-size trucks also have side airbags, which serve as protection to occupants against side-impact collisions.
You can choose between a manual or automatic transmission, and two-wheel or four-wheel drive, for either compact or full-size truck. Two-wheel drive trucks can either be driven by front or rear axles. In front-wheel drive trucks, all the weight of the heavy powertrain is on the front driving wheels that provide good drive traction, while rear-wheel drive is stronger and has better hauling and trailing capability.
Two-wheel drive trucks are cheaper than their four-wheel drive counterparts and are easier and more economical to maintain. The ability of four-wheel drive trucks to drive all four wheels is a real advantage when driving or towing on slippery or off-road conditions.
To accommodate as much occupants as you need to bring with you during your trips, you have to decide between body types. You also have to choose between long or short cargo boxes for your cargo needs.
Trucks with regular cabs have two doors that can comfortably seat two or three persons. With extended cabs, you can have extra space for about three additional passengers. Crew cab trucks can accommodate five to six people and have four doors.
Costs of trucks may vary depending on the size, engine, type of transmission, and drive type. Additional safety and convenience features will definitely add to the base price. Whatever your need and your budget, there is a right truck for you.