What's The Right Pickup Truck For You

Whether you are purchasing your first pickup truck or whether you are replacing a truck that is no longer meeting your needs, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make. The right pickup truck for you will depend on a number of factors including how you intend to use it as well as your personal tastes. This guide will help you get started in choosing your ideal vehicle:

How will you use your vehicle?

The first question you should ask when purchasing your truck is whether it will be for work only, or whether you also plan to use it as a family vehicle. If you answered the latter, then choosing a four-door with an extended cab would be a better choice.

Also, consider whether you will be driving your truck through mud or deep snow. If you will, then select something that has four wheel drive.

You will need to ensure that your truck is heavy duty enough to do whatever jobs you have planned for it – so if you are hauling large items, like appliances, ATVs or trash you’ll want something that is at least 14,000 pounds such as an F-250 or an F-350. But remember – the heavier the truck, the lower your fuel economy.

Types of Pickup Trucks

The two main types of pick-up are compact and full-sized. In the compact group, you’ll find smaller vehicles such as Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and GMC Canyon.

The larger, brawnier full-sized trucks include Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, and Nissan Titan.


Once you have a good idea of what type of truck you need, there are also a number of features you can choose from:

  • Engines and Fuel Economy

Compact pick-up trucks usually offer a four-cylinder as their base engine but often also offer a V6 or V8, which you’ll find gives you more power and a quieter, smoother ride.

For full-sized trucks, you may also select a diesel engine – which is a wise choice if you intend on regularly towing a heavy trailer.

  • Rear-Wheel Drive or 4WD

Most trucks on the market today have a rear wheel drive configuration which is a good choice for transporting heavy loads. For heavy winter conditions or off-roading, four wheel drive is recommended.

  • Towing

When it comes to towing, not all trucks are equal. A compact truck may tow between 3000-5000 pounds while a full-size will usually tow between 5000 and 10,000 pounds or more.

In fact, a heavy duty truck can often tow as much as 30,000 pounds. If you are planning on using your vehicle for towing, it is important to know how much weight you will need it to pull and to check the specifications of any truck you are considering.

  • Cab size

A smaller cab will cost less, but an extended cab as room for more passengers.

  • Access

How easy is it to get in and out of the cab? This question is especially important if you will be transporting children, older people or those with mobility challenges. Be sure to sit in the cab and see how comfortable it is in terms of leg and head room.

  • Cargo Bed

Of course, you’ll also want to be sure that the cargo bed is large enough for the items you intend to transport.

  • Additional features

Finally, consider any additional features you would like to have in your vehicle. Blind spot warning indicators, lane-keeping assist, built-in GPS, Bluetooth, heated seats and more can be found in most trucks today.

Decide what is a “must-have” as well as what is on your “wish list”. Once you've decided on a truck, depending on the purpose of it, it's time to customize it in order to make it a better fit for you. At BACKRACK™ we offer a variety of truck racks and accessories to customize your pickup truck to meet your needs and wants, Contact us today and our team of experts will help you find the right truck rack for your vehicle.