Pickup trucks 101

They are the powerhouses of automobiles and arguably the most versatile vehicles currently on the market. From trips with the family to hustling a crew between job sites, there isn’t anything a pickup truck can’t handle. While sedans, compact cars, and SUVs have their appeal, it’s the customization, durability, and power of pickups that make them a winning selection.

If you are considering a new vehicle, here are a few of the choices you’ll have to make while doing your research and shopping around. Once you have some trucks in mind, we can help you get the financing you need to make your dreams a reality. Fill out a quick and easy application to get pre-approved for your loan!

Size: Compact, Mid-Size, and Full-Size

The size you opt for will depend on your lifestyle and how you will use the truck.

  • Compact – the most popular size, it’s a mini-version of the full-size with fewer engine cylinders
  • Mid-Size – just like the name indicates, in size, it is between a compact and full-size truck.; these historically have high resale value which makes them a hot commodity even when used
  • Full-Size – luxurious cab, offers the most variety and versatility, suitable for hauling the heaviest loads

Cab: Regular, Extended or Crew

Manufacturers may use different terms to describe the sizes, but they basically indicate the same things.

  • Regular – two doors and one row of seating
  • Extended – two standard doors in front, and one or two smaller doors for the second row of moderate sized seating
  • Crew – four regular doors with two rows of seating, plus more legroom than the extended cab

Bed Style

Various lengths abound, but there are two basic designs to consider.

  • Standard – built with the wheel well on the inside
  • Bed Flareside/Stepside Bed – the fenders are on the outside of the bed

Bed Lengths

The lengths will depend on whether you have a compact truck or not.

Compact trucks come in a short length which is around 6 feet and full size with is about 6.5 feet. Both of these options are great for hauling loads while still parking comfortably.

Long beds are more common in work vehicles and are generally one or two feel longer than a compact’s bed.

Engine Size

The right size will strike a balance between power and fuel economy. More cylinders mean that the vehicle will use more fuel since the engine is more powerful. Depending on how you use the truck, you may need that extra power. The number that follows the V is indicative of the number of cylinders; in trucks, V4, V6, and V8 prevail.

If your truck were primarily used for commuting or transporting the family, you would be okay with a V4. If you will be hauling a lot of weight a diesel V6 or V8 engine will give you the torque you need to power through the trip.

While these aren’t all the factors, you’ll be considering when purchasing a truck; this will at least give you a good foundation of terms. If you have done your research and are ready to head to the car lot, we can help. At CarLoans411.ca we will work alongside you to make the purchase of your new vehicle as easy and stress-free as possible. Fill out an application or call us at 1-855-712-5626, at your convenience, to get the process started, or just ask some questions if you’ve got them. Now that you know what you want it’s time to go out there and get it!


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