Truck Versus SUV: Choosing the Right Ford Vehicle for Your Needs
You’ve decided you’re going to get a new truck. You’ve done your research online and made your decision: an F-150. Good choice. Best-selling truck in America. It’s got a substantial bed for the items you need to haul. Maybe you’ll get the XLT trim with the optional EcoBoost® V6 engine. You even know what color you want.
Then you go to the dealership for a test drive and what do you hear but the siren song of a sweet little SUV. It’s bigger inside than the truck and has some really comfy-looking seats.
You’re not the first shopper to find him/herself torn between a Ford truck and an SUV. We know choosing between two exceptional vehicles is difficult, but you can make the process easier by evaluating your driving and lifestyle needs –and talking to your Mullinax sales team member, of course.
Trucks and SUVs have many characteristics in common. They’re built on similar platforms though SUVs are generally smaller and lighter and have a shorter wheelbase and overall length. You can haul and tow things with either one that would overwhelm a family sedan.
But there are significant differences as well. Trucks are made to work and are the go-to vehicle for many small businesses. They accommodate larger payloads and offer considerably more towing capacity than SUVs. And despite the fact they often haul hay and horse trailers, they are designed to be driven on asphalt.
SUVs are intended to hit the dirt – and snow and sand. Their higher ride height and center of gravity give them the edge in uneven, off-road conditions.
Their smaller size makes them at home in the city and are more maneuverable in traffic and parking situations than trucks. You can seat more passengers in an SUV, too, and enjoy a smoother ride in more comfortable seats.
If you have your eye on a truck, here are some of the advantages a pickup can offer you:
That truck is ticking the boxes so far, but you have other factors to consider, including:
SUVs, even the affordable ones, rate higher for roominess, amenities and other factors that make the driving/riding experience more pleasurable. Also, can you fit the kiddie car seats and the family fur baby in the truck – comfortably? Something to think about.
And finally, cost of operation, which goes beyond basic budgeting and your monthly payment:
As for SUVs, here are some aspects of ownership to think about while the salesperson gets the keys for your test drive:
SUVs also are easier to get into and out of. The higher ground clearance of many trucks can make climbing into the cabin more difficult for the kiddos – and many adults and even Fido, large breed that he may be.
So the choice comes down to your vehicle needs and wants, as well as how you plan to use your new ride. Test drive both and discuss the options with your Mullinax sales team member. We look forward to helping you find the vehicle that’s right your you.
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