What Size Truck is Right for You?
When you’re picking out a pickup truck, there are tons of ways to customize it to your needs, whether you’re looking for a family hauler, a work truck, or anything in between. But the biggest decision to make is whether you need a mid-size truck, a full-size light-duty, or a full-size heavy-duty. If you’re not sure which one is right for you, we’re here to help.
Mid-size trucks are a great option if you want extra cargo space and light towing abilities but primarily need a daily driver or family vehicle. Mid-size trucks are super versatile, even though they don’t have the massive towing power of a bigger truck. They come in multiple configurations including a longer bed and a double cab, or smaller options if you want something that’s easier to maneuver.
Mid-size pickups are perfect for commuters who spend time in the city and need something small enough to park on city streets or in parking garages. They’re also a great choice for singles and families alike who love to go off-roading. For instance, Chevy’s mid-size Colorado pickup is available in a ZR2 trim, a trail-rated trim with a special suspension and damping system as well as increased ground clearance.
The 2021 Colorado can tow up to 7,000 pounds with a payload of 1,550 pounds, which is plenty for many people. That much power can easily tow a jet ski or a small boat to the lake, carry all your camping equipment for a weekend trip, and more. Because it’s lighter, it’s also more fuel-efficient than its full-size counterparts. On the other hand, a mid-size truck might not be the best option for towing campers or heavy equipment.
A full-size light-duty truck like the Silverado 1500 is a jack of all trades. Bigger and heavier than the Colorado, it uses more fuel, but it can also tow and haul significantly more. With a towing capacity of up to 13,300 pounds, the Silverado 1500 can tow almost twice as much as the Colorado.
The Silverado also has more cargo space in the bed, nearly double the Colorado’s, so if you need a lot of bed space for hauling long items, the full-size Silverado might be the better option. It’s still a great choice for a family vehicle too, offering a double cab with a spacious backseat.
The Silverado 1500 is the most popular truck in the lineup for a reason. It’s versatile and can do pretty big towing jobs, but it’s also not too bulky and it gets decent fuel economy. If you plan on towing and hauling mid-weight trailers frequently for work or family vacations, a full-size light-duty truck might be perfect for you.
Full-size heavy-duty trucks like the Chevy Silverado HD are designed for towing and hauling big equipment every day for work, or maybe a very big RV or mobile home. Most people don’t really need a heavy-duty truck, but for those who do need the outstanding towing capacity and performance, the Silverado HD is one of the best you can get.
The Silverado HD can tow up to 18,500 pounds on the 2500HD, or up to 36,000 pounds if you get the 3500HD. It’s one of the most powerful trucks on the market, and if you own your own business or need super-powerful fleet vehicles for work, it’s a great option.
But, because of its large size, fuel economy, and price, it might not be worth it to get this truck if you’re not going to use it frequently for big towing jobs. If you have to tow something heavy a couple times a year, you’d be better off renting a bigger truck and sticking with a smaller option for your everyday driver.