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Truck Types - Pickup Truck Classification with Benefits & Photos

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Whether you intend to use your truck to earn a living or to enjoy some quality time with your family on the weekends, pickup trucks are among the most versatile types of vehicles on the road today. Ford has remained the industry leader in engineering the most capable pickup trucks on the market, giving buyers more choices than ever before. Our team at Sarchione Ford has created this informative guide that explains all of the various classes of pickup trucks currently available in the Ford truck model range. You'll learn all about the various engine choices, cab configurations, and bed lengths that are involved in choosing the right truck for your lifestyle. Let's get started!

Pickup Truck Types Explained

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Compact Trucks

While you might remember this segment of trucks from days gone by, compact pickup trucks are back and better than ever. With the introduction of the Ford Maverick, a new generation of truck buyers can now enjoy all the versatility and capabilities of this type of vehicle. Ideal for individuals who take on DIY projects and simply don't need the size and muscle of a midsize or full-size truck - the compact Maverick is the perfect solution. Highlights of the Maverick include its standard hybrid powertrain, FLEXBED system, and a compact wheelbase that delivers outstanding maneuverability. An available all-wheel drive system and exceptional fuel economy make the Maverick a great choice for daily driving as well. Don't let its compact stature fool you! An available towing capacity of up to 4,000 pounds and an assortment of off-road performance features prove that the Maverick is ready to help you cross things off of your to-do list.

Compact Pickup Truck Advantages

  • More maneuverable and easier to park
  • Low starting prices
  • Impressive MPG
  • Capability and performance suitable for DIY enthusiasts or homeowners
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Midsize Trucks

Next up on our list of pickup truck classes is the midsize truck segment. Positioned above compact trucks and below full-size trucks, midsize trucks represent a happy medium between capability and practicality. With a package and price point that's appealing to many potential truck buyers, a midsize truck is considered by some to be the most well-rounded pickup choice. They are able to come close and sometimes even match the payload and towing capacities of some full-size trucks. Since they carry a lower price tag compared to their full-size siblings, you'll have more to spend on creature comforts and other optional equipment. As an example, the midsize Ford Ranger is offered with upscale amenities like leather upholstery, a B&O premium audio system from Bang & Olufsen, and even an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.

Midsize Pickup Truck Advantages

  • Perfect dimensions located between compact and full-size
  • Features and equipment choices that span from utilitarian to premium
  • Performance choices that range from economical to muscular
  • Great choice for daily driving and weekend projects
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Full-Size Pickup Trucks

Next up on our list of pickup truck classes is the legendary full-size class, the best-selling and most popular type of truck in the Ford model range. If you're craving maximum performance, comfort, and versatility - a full-size truck could be the best choice for you. For big projects that involve towing or hauling large equipment and materials, the Ford F-150 has an extensive selection of capable engines ready for the task. Options range from the remarkable PowerBoost Hybrid and EcoBoost V6 to the venerable 5.0-liter V8 with several others to meet the needs of virtually any buyer. Their elevated driving position gives you a commanding view of the road and choosing a SuperCrew (America's most popular cab type) gives you unrivaled interior space that exceeds some of the most luxurious SUVs and sedans. Offering more than just sheer muscle, the F-150 is also available with class-leading tech features including Ford BlueCruise hands-free highway driving capabilities, Pro Power Onboard power solutions, SYNC® 4 infotainment, and much more. Whether on the job or planning your next family getaway, a full-size truck represents an ideal tool for your lifestyle.

Full-Size Pickup Truck Advantages

  • Robust performance and capabilities for virtually every type of need
  • Most bed, cab, and engine configurations of any truck class
  • Spacious interior dimensions and premium comfort features
  • Trims ranging from budget-conscious to downright luxurious
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Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks

When only the best will suffice, it's time to look at the class that sits atop the pickup truck food chain - heavy-duty trucks. Already a legend in the heavy-duty truck segment, the iconic Ford Super Duty has set the benchmark for those who need their truck to work as hard as they do. Available with your choice of the venerable 6.7L High-Output Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel or 7.3L OHV PFI Gas V8, both of which are engineered to higher standards than the competition. Shopping heavy-duty pickup trucks mean you'll have access to other work-ready features including dual-wheel rear axles, upfitter and contractor body and bed options, and gooseneck towing equipment. Whether you're a farmer, business owner, or hobbyist that demands maximum performance - the Ford Super Duty remains the ultimate choice for heavy-duty truck shoppers. With virtually limitless options for personalizing your heavy-duty truck to suit your needs, this segment is reserved for the most demanding truck buyers.

Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck Advantages

  • Maximum power and capability among all pickup trucks
  • Highest towing and payload capacity ratings
  • Personalization options for both commercial and personal use
  • Trim levels to suit all types of budgets

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