Important Things to Decide When Buying a Pickup Truck

Shopping for a new vehicle of any type should involve carefully weighing your options. However, buying a new or used pickup truck can bring about even more options than usual. These powerful vehicles oftentimes boast more options and features than a standard car or SUV. Take a look at a few things you should decide when you plan to invest in a pickup truck.

Higher Horsepower or Better Fuel Efficiency?

Is more power or better fuel economy more important to you? Different automakers use different motors in their pickup trucks. For example, in a new, used, or pre-owned Ford F-150 pickup truck, you can find engine options like:

  • 3.5L V6
  • 2.7L EcoBoost V6
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6
  • 5.0L V8

Of course, the higher engine liters yield more torque and horsepower, but the higher yield usually comes at a price of a slightly lowered fuel efficiency. A few exceptions exist, however, as the overall size and stature of a truck can have just as much to do with fuel economy as the engine power.

Long Bed, Standard Bed, or Short Bed?

Bed length is an important pickup truck option you will have to decide on while you shop. For most pickup truck owners, having the capability to haul things is naturally important, but deciding which bed length fits your needs comes down to what you plan to haul. For example, if you only occasionally haul things you pick up at a flea market, a short bed will probably suffice.

Single, Crew, Extended, or Super Cab?

Gone are the days when pickup trucks only have one row of seating across the front for two or three passengers. These days, you can get pickup trucks that have a number of cab sizes and can accommodate up to six passengers in some models. If you plan to use your pickup to haul the whole family or a work crew, then a super cab or crew cab model will be the better choice.

If you only want a little extra space in your pickup’s cab, you could go with an extended cab truck. Different automakers attach different designations to their vehicles where cab size is concerned. So make sure to head to the car lot and check out some of the different models and the different cab sizes that are available with each.

Four-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, or Rear-Wheel Drive?

The drivetrain of a pickup truck can be either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or two-wheel drive (2WD), all-wheel drive (AWD), or four-wheel drive (4WD). A simple breakdown of each type of drivetrain will help you get a better understanding of which option is best for your driving needs:

RWD or 2WD: This drivetrain provides better traction with a heavier load on the bed, but provides less traction on slippery surfaces like snow-covered roadways.

AWD: This feeds power to whichever wheelset needs it the most at the time. AWD is great for ever-changing terrain conditions.

4WD: This is either full-time or automatically engaged and is available in low- and high-range. 4WD works best for the toughest terrain, such as climbing over muddy hillsides.

Think about the typical way you will use your pickup, as well as the usual terrain and weather patterns, to make an educated decision about what you need.

With a little time shopping around and considering your options, you can end up with a pickup truck that caters to your needs and your driving habits. Reach out to us at Roseville Automall for more information about our new, used, and pre-owned pickup truck inventory. We are happy to answer all your questions and help you discover which truck works best for you.

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