WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A PICKUP TRUCK?

Choosing the right pickup truck for the job helps maximize your productivity. Before you start your vehicle search, consider the types of cargo you carry or tow, whether you typically drive on poorly maintained roads or in harsh weather conditions and if your truck is for work or for personal use.

TOWING AND PAYLOAD

When you use your pickup truck to tow or haul, keep its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or GVWR, in mind. This refers to the combined weight of the truck, driver, passengers and all cargo.

PERFORMANCE AND EFFICIENCY

Choosing the best engine and transmission for your pickup truck depends on how you’ll be using it. Consider the following for the optimal balance of performance and efficiency.

SEATING

If you have to transport a crew to a jobsite or want to use your work vehicle to take your family out on the town, Ram trucks come in several cab sizes: Regular, Crew, Quad Cab® and Mega Cab®.

SEVERAL CAB SIZES


Ram trucks with a Regular Cab feature two doors and one row of seating for up to three passengers. The Quad Cab®, Crew Cab and Mega Cab® feature two rows of seating for up to six passengers. Generally, regular cab pickup trucks accommodate more payload, while larger cabs offer a more passenger-oriented experience.

TRUCK USES

Whether your pickup truck will be used for recreation or on a worksite, knowing how you’ll use your pickup truck is an important factor when choosing the right one.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRUCKS?

HALF-TON TRUCKS

Half-ton trucks, also called light-duty trucks, are typically pickup trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of up to 8,500 pounds. The Ram 1500 is a half-ton truck that offers an ideal balance between towing capacity and vehicle size. It’s well-suited for most jobs that require equipment you can load into the bed yourself.

HEAVY-DUTY (HD) TRUCKS

For bigger jobs, the Ram 2500—a three-quarter ton truck and Ram 3500—a one ton truck, also called heavy-duty trucks, offer impressive towing and hauling capacities as well as enhanced engine power. The Ram 3500 is also available in single- or dual-rear-wheel configurations.

RAM TRUCKS FAQ

Both have their benefits. In North America, gasoline tends to be cheaper than diesel fuel and is often easier to find at fuel stations. Diesel fuel tends to yield better mileage, particularly when driving on highways.

Compared to cars, pickup trucks tend to hold their resale value longer. There are many reasons, but chief among them seems to be their utility. Trucks can go from work to play much more easily than a passenger car can, allowing them to fit more easily into their owner’s lifestyle.

In North America, the term “pickup” is used interchangeably with “truck”. It’s generally believed that the term came from the vehicle’s use in transporting heavy loads, something the passenger cars of the day were not equipped to do.

 

If you’re towing something heavy such as a horse trailer, you’ll want to look for a Ram truck equipped with dual rear wheels. The Ram 3500 is available with dual rear wheels and, when equipped with the available 6.7L Cummins® Turbo Diesel I6 engine, can tow a maximum of up to 35,100 pounds with confidence.

An upfit is an aftermarket customized body that is generally attached to a Chassis Cab truck assembly. Typical commercial truck upfits include service bodies with utility cabinets, flatbeds, stake beds, wrecker units, catering truck bodies, cubes and even ambulances. Not all upfits are attached to cab and chassis trucks; in northern climates you will find a snowplow is a fairly typical upfit on pickup trucks.

While the Ram Brand also produces the Ram ProMaster® and Ram ProMaster City®, these vans aren’t classed as trucks due to their body structure and frame. You can learn more about the capabilities of Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City vans at Fleet Commercial Vans.