Ask Away...: 6 Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6 Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck


You don't need to be a cattle rancher to enjoy the benefits of pickup trucks. Any man woman, be they outdoorsy or suburbanite, can enjoy the toughness, power, and utility of these machines. In order to save yourself from living out the rest of your days stuck in a beige family sedan, we came up with a list of our top 10 reasons why everyone should drive a truck.

You can tow stuff

Whether you're taking the boat to the Finger Lakes, the snowmobile to the Adirondacks, or your kids' furniture to their first apartment, a pickup truck gives you the power to tow whatever you need. Many popular pickups can tow up to 12,000 pounds while the larger, heavy-duty models can pull up to 22,500 pounds. You can also fit a load of stuff in the back, too, meaning that your pack of dogs or beach kit can all fit in without anyone having to squeeze.

They're versatile

Load the truck bed with anything you like, from lumber to furniture to camping equipment, and drive anywhere — even on the roughest terrain. They can even easily be used for car-camping, so spending the night under the stars is warm and comfortable.

Trucks today ride like sedans

Gone are the days when trucks had just a front seat, and the ride was bouncy and bumpy. When you take a truck for a test drive, you will find that it has a super-smooth ride, roomy back seats, and even has four doors are standard now. Many of the amenities on most automobiles, including heated seats and keyless entry, are also found in trucks, so there is no compromise on comfort, and the ride is comfortable and quiet.

They're fun to accessorize

Truck owners live for accessories, from running boards to tonneau covers. You can even lift your truck and make it higher with a lift kit, which will allow you to go off-road without damaging your vehicle. Heated leather seats, grills and grill guards, are all available and easily customized too.

They're safe

First, you're sitting high, so you can see better. Today's trucks also have the same safety features drivers look for in cars; four-wheel drive, electronic stability control system, air bags, dynamic braking, blind zone alerts, and so on. In addition, some have advanced safety features. Chevy trucks, for example, are equipped with OnStar, which helps detect possible collisions and calls for help, offers roadside assistance and can help authorities track a stolen vehicle. The high-strength steel body of some trucks is preferred by safety-conscious drivers over aluminum for a light but strong truck body.

Gas mileage has got better

Mileage is better than you might expect because today's trucks are not only lighter, but the engines also incorporate technology that makes them more fuel efficient in specific driving conditions. For example, some vehicles have active fuel management, which deactivates cylinders in engines when possible, so the truck uses less fuel. Mileage on a six-cylinder model can reach 24 miles-per-gallon on the highway.

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