You’ve probably heard truck manufactures say that they have the best heavy duty pickup trucks. Or they may say they have the best full size pickups or compact pickups.


Do you know what each of these means?

Understanding these simple terms will help you a lot when comparing different rides. It helps a lot when you’re purchasing a new truck. This article will provide you with an understanding of the different and most common pickup classes.

Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks

Heavy duty pickup trucks are the trucks you want to have for the tough jobs. These trucks have high-powered engines as well as reinforced chaises. A heavy duty truck offers maximum towing and payload capacity.

If you’re looking to tow a big trailer or haul heavy cargo, you’ll want to get a heavy duty pickup one. Popular heavy duty models include:

· Dodge Ram HD · Ford Super Duty · Chevrolet Silverado HD

These typically cost anywhere from $25,000 to as much as $60,000. It all depends on the features that you want to include.

Full Size Pickup Trucks

These trucks have a little less power than the heavy duty pickups. While they may have less power, they still hold up and have respectable towing and payload capacities. Popular full size pickup trucks include:

· Ford F-150 · Ram 1500 · GMC Sierra 1500/Chevrolet Silverado 1500 · Toyota Tundra · Nissan Titan

These trucks typically cost anywhere from $15,000 to $45,000. These are the most popular trucks on the road today. That’s because they provide enough size and power. Many owners like to add aftermarket truck accessories such as truck bed systems as well as truck tailgating accessories.

Compact Pickup Trucks

These are the smallest pickup trucks that you can buy. While they don’t offer much power, these trucks are reasonably priced and get great gas mileage. Most of these trucks are priced between $15,000 and $25,000. It all depends on the options that you select.

When it comes to compact trucks, here are some of the most popular:

· Toyota Tacoma · Chevrolet Colorado · Ram Dakota · GMC Canyon

Like with larger pickup trucks, you have double cab options as well as having a longer bed length. It all depends on your preferences. You also can include a V6 engine with respectable power.


All of these pickups are great options. When deciding on which pickup is right for you, think about your work and lifestyle.

If you do a lot of towing and want more space, you may want to consider a full size or a heavy duty pickup. Your budget will also play a factor. If you’re looking for a good size truck that is reasonably priced, you’ll probably opt for a full size truck.

Whatever size truck you select, be sure to set aside some of your budget for any modifications. This can include bed liners, tonneau covers, grille guards, etc.