What is a pickup truck, and what should you look for?

If you regularly need to haul large items from one place to the next, then a pickup truck may well be the ideal vehicle for you. With a wide range of pickup truck sizes to choose from, there is something out there to suit everyone.


  • done Provide a great deal of space - Perfect for those in the construction business or trade industries
  • done Very safe - Due to their size and sturdiness, pickup trucks tend to be safer than your average passenger car
  • done Has towing capabilities - Can tow trailers and caravans with ease making them a great choice to take your caravan away on holidays
  • done Powerful - Very strong engines that last many years
  • done Reliable - Both for commercial use and personal use, pick up trucks have a very low rate of breakdowns
  • done Hold value well - Due to their durability, second hand pick up trucks can be similar prices to newer models
  • clear Not the most fuel-efficient - May not be the best choice for long journeys
  • clear Small number of seats - Although there is extra space, many models only come with front seats and if they do have space for a back seat, they’re usually pretty small
  • clear Hard to manoeuvre - Due to their cumbersome size, it can take some time to get used to driving these beasts around

July 9th 2021

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What is a pick up truck?

If you’re looking for a strong vehicle, you’re in the right place by thinking of a pickup truck. Many modern pickups can act as both a workhorse and as family transport. Designs have improved over the years to make these cars more stylish and easier to drive.

There is a wide range of pickups available though all are currently powered by diesel engines. Some are as well-equipped and luxurious as modern-day SUVs while others remain focused on work orientated tasks.

In general, a pickup truck is simply designed. Most have an open back that can hold large items if necessary. These can include anything from luggage to tree trunks. And they are easy to clean to return the space to its former glory.

These light motor vehicles have an enclosed cab in the front and the aforementioned cargo area in the back. Unlike a regular passenger car, this flatbed cargo space has an open top but you can get coverings to protect your items from the weather and potential thieves.

Most pickup trucks have rigid vertical sides with a rear gate on the flatbed that opens outwardly for easy loading and unloading.

Types of pickup trucks

If you’re considering buying a pickup truck, it is handy to know the different types available. The main types of pickup trucks available are:

  •  Full-sized pickup trucks
  • Midsize pickup trucks
  • Heavy-duty pickup trucks
  • Compact/mini/coupe pickup trucks
  • Electric pickup trucks
  • Hybrid pickup trucks
  • Luxury pickup trucks

Full-sized - These are the ones that give you the most space, both inside and outside. These durable workhorses are capable of extremes. They ride higher off the ground and in the majority of cases, full-sized trucks provide you with all-wheel drive or 4WD capabilities. In other words, these monsters allow you to go where you want when you want.

Midsize - If you want to hit that sweet spot between hauling heavy loads and generating a great deal of power in a small package, then midsize pickup trucks are the answer. They may not meet the heights of a full-sized pickup but they never promise to do so. But these motors can promise you reliability for everyday use. They are ideal for towing and offer a high payload. And don’t worry about parking. These are easier to park inside garages.

Heavy-duty - These are the giants of the pickup trucks. Full-sized 1 tonne trucks are here to make your life easier and meet any challenge you want to give. The latest models feature more spacious capacities and combine a wide range of modern-day comforts such as climate-controlled leather seating, Wi-Fi capabilities and custom design packages.

Compact/mini/coupe - Mini by name but not by nature. These are more like midsize trucks with almost full-sized proportions. Toyota and Ford trucks have been widely popular within this group over many years for their ease of driving and storage capabilities.

Electric - There are not many electric pickup trucks on the market due to very expensive battery costs. However, manufacturers seem to be taking a keener interest in these models so keep an eye out for more coming soon.

Hybrid cars - Nothing beats the fuel efficiency of a hybrid engine. This is why so many drivers are making the switch. However, this isn’t so true for pickup trucks. Hybrid pickups are still in short supply and are fairly expensive. But, as with electric pickups, the market may soon see a range of hybrid pickup trucks.

Luxury - Just because you need a pickup truck doesn’t mean you have to scrap your idea of style. You can integrate the best features from higher-end cars into pickup trucks to make your driving experience that much better. This includes high-grade upholstery, connectivity features and much more. Just be prepared to spend more on these types of models.

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