Used Trucks Vs Used SUVs The Pros And ConsAugust 5, 2017
Because they combine the aesthetic appeal of the sedan with the off-road capability of some used trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) have found a large and loyal following in America. In spite of their many similarities, there are several key differences between the average SUV and the average truck. If you are considering either for your next vehicle, here are a few factors you should think about before you buy.
Advantages of Buying an SUV
During the so-called “SUV craze” of the late 1990s, this formally small category expanded to include vehicles that were larger than the average truck. In fact, a full-size model is often more powerful than a full-size truck, which means it often has superior acceleration and is capable of reaching higher top speeds. These eye-catching autos also provide a much smoother ride and may have more safety features since they are designed with both off-road and highway travel in mind. Like most trucks, sport utility vehicles often have some towing capacity for trailers, boats, and other light loads.
Because the average model is heavier and has higher ground clearance than the average truck, it generally has a slight advantage in off-road capabilities. But the feature that truly distinguishes it from the aforementioned is its much larger cabin space, which gives it a higher seating capacity. Both features make the vehicle an excellent choice for camping, boating, skiing, and any other outdoor activities that might take you off the beaten path. Commodious trunk or cargo areas give the sport utility vehicle an enormous advantage over the average family sedan when it comes to storage space.
Advantages of Buying a Truck
If the average SUV were a show pony, the average truck would be a workhorse. In other words, sports utility vehicles are far more fetching and attractive than used trucks because they are built for different worlds. The latter was specifically designed to go places that cars couldn’t while carrying cargo with them. As a result, they have more storage area that can be used to haul anything the driver wants or needs. In most cases, that means tools and materials for outdoor work, construction projects, or landscaping. The tradeoff is that used trucks generally have much smaller cabs and therefore less room for passengers.
Probably the single greatest advantage used trucks have over SUVs is that they are less expensive. An interested buyer can easily find a suitable secondhand one for a few thousand dollars, while a comparable sport utility vehicle would likely cost much more. It is also true that because they are generally heavier, SUVs typically get worse gas mileage than used trucks. We should also mention that truck owners rarely care when their rides get scratches, dints, or dents, since that’s what everybody expects when you drive one. By comparison, a sport utility vehicle is expected to be as shiny and presentable as a suburban sedan, making it much more expensive to maintain.