In a survey done last year, 300,000 SUV consumers were having second thoughts before they decided to buy an SUV or if they should have bought a pickup truck instead. This number has increased from last year, denoting that the SUV has slowly been losing its hold ahead of the pickup. Although the SUVs still have a lead in the market today – over 8 million was sold last year compared to 3 million trucks – the current improvements done in pickup trucks have perked the interest of families and land trip consumers.
But the best strategy that would help us make a wise choice between these two vehicles is to have a clear understanding of what each vehicle type showcases the best features and what doesn’t.
Here are some essential factors that should be considered when choosing whether to purchase a pickup truck or an SUV.
Drivability: Large SUV
Both the pickup and the SUV are created on similar standards. However, the SUV tends to respond more efficiently. In an auto testing done by a car company, they found out that SUVs had difficulty dealing with avoidance-maneuver exercises, which simulates a sudden swerve across an object. Because of its long wheelbase, driving through a narrow parking space can be upsetting.
Access: Tie Between Full-sized Pickup And Large-Sized SUV
These two vehicles both have high seats and are off-ground than most of the other vehicles. The Suburban SUV and a Ford F-150 pickup both require the driver and passengers to climb to get into the vehicle – and you need almost to jump to get out. Despite being equipped with running boards, this daily awkwardness can become a deal-breaker if families have senior passengers. Additionally, it’s harder to get cargo from a pickup truck than getting cargo from an SUV.
Ride: Large SUV
This is a big win for the large SUV, which typically gets higher scores in the ride category. They have awesome suspensions that absorb bumps effectively so that passengers are happy and comfortable. The ride in a pickup truck is quite stiff unless a heavy cargo is placed. The bounce and the toughness features of the pickup make the ride a bumpy one, which can be exhausting and stressful for its passengers.
Ease And Comfort: Large SUV
This is especially beneficial for families of six. Full-sized pickups can accommodate six, but the front middle seat is uncomfortable and unsafe. On the other hand, the mid-sized and large-sized SUVs have third-row seats that are comfortable even for adults and seniors. If you only need a five-seater, then you can live with a crew cab pickup truck. It’s also easy to install child seats on these pickups.
Tow Capacity: Full-sized Pickup Truck
Towing capacity is a primary consideration for a lot of families – about 75% claim that they use their pickup trucks to tow at some point. However, large SUVs can also tow up to 7,000 lbs. or more. In fact, the Expedition Max has the capacity of towing 9,000 lbs. But then large pickup trucks can tow more than 10,000!
Fuel Consumption: Full-Sized Pickup Truck
Generally, large-sized pickups are relatively more efficient in saving fuel compared to large SUVs. Most SUVs come in at 15-16 mpg, while pickups like the Chevy Silverado 1500 come in at 17 mpg. Pickup manufacturers have spent much in fuel-efficient transmissions and engines. The result is the large pickup Ford F-150 gets 19 mpg compared to the smaller Chevy Colorado’s 18 mpg.
What about you? Have you decided what to buy? Let us know!