Trucks are loved by millions of Americans. This can’t be denied as trucks are some of the bestselling vehicles in the US. Not only loved, but trusted by their loyal drivers – Ford, Chevy, and Dodge are by far the most popular truck automakers.
And why shouldn’t they be? Owning a truck is something everyone should enjoy at least once, if not twice, or three times… Truck ownership offers a completely different driving experience than anything a small compact or even smaller sub compact car can deliver.
Well, it’s time to upgrade and ‘up-size’ your daily driver! Here are 10 Reasons Why You Should Own a Truck.
Maybe you’re on the fence and asking yourself the question: ‘Should I Buy a Truck?’ We’ve compiled this list to help answer this very question.
For those who already own a truck, this is just positive reinforcement.
Let’s get started
1. YOU HAVE THE POWER
Power is a big reason why many truck lovers out there own a Silverado or a Ram.
While power might be a pretty obvious reason – just how much power are we talking here? The specific amount varies from automaker to automaker, but the amount in a 2015 or 2016 truck will likely have upward of 350hp.
We found a list of the Top 10 high-horsepower trucks of 2015 and they range from 360hp up to 440hp! Now that’s He-Man power right there. This list consists of several favorites like the Dodge Ram, Chevy Silverado, and the Ford F-250. As a potential buyer, these are some of the trucks you’ll be looking at so it is a great resource to check out while shopping at your local dealerships.
With all that power, truck drivers are proud of their trucks. So proud they celebrate with #trucktuesday!
— GMC (@ThisIsGMC) March 15, 2016
2. YOU CAN TOW STUFF
Towing capacity (A.K.A torque) goes hand in hand with horsepower. You can be sure that with a new truck like the Chevy Silverado you’ll have a towing capacity that’ll exceed your expectations. With the 2015 model being able to tow up to 12,000 lbs., there is some definite torque under the hood.
What does this mean for you? Well, you’ll be able to take that camping trip you always wanted to take this upcoming spring or summer. You’ll be able to add a trailer hitch and ‘do it up’ in style with a fancy camper!
Unsure of what towing capacity you need in your new Ford truck? Check out Ford’s handy Towing Capacity Selector.
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3. YOU CAN HAUL STUFF
If you need a vehicle that allows you to move cargo from point A to B (maybe even C and D), or you’re a contractor who needs to drive around with supplies for a project, a truck is really your only option. The third reason and answer to the question “Why Should I Buy a Truck?” is hauling capability. A truck is a convenient and reliable way of getting these kinds of jobs done.
4. YOU HAVE A HECK OF A LOT OF ROOM
Things just seem to be getting smaller and smaller. With compact cars being transformed into sub-compact vehicles, leg room and cargo space are often limited.
This is not the case when it comes to your brand new 2016 Chevy Silverado!
Why suffer? You deserve having a comfortable and spacious daily commute. That dream road trip is just getting better and better, isn’t it? Trucks are like the 1st class ticket of road tripping. More leg room!
The great thing about pickup trucks is how each body style can accommodate different needs in terms of room and number of passengers. To have the most room, it is recommended by Autotrader to go for a crew cab as you’ll have four full doors. Check out Autotrader’s article for more guidelines on choosing the best-suited b
5. YOU CAN SERIOUSLY SEE STUFF
Better visibility is an undeniable reason why you should own a truck. The height of the cabin is indicative of the enhanced view. When heading on the highway you’ll be able to see much farther than if you were in a little coupe or sedan.
You’ll have the upper hand and be able to sneak out the next exit if you see oncoming traffic, while also helping you see sudden stops a few car lengths ahead.
VolvoTrucks.com explains how their truck “cabs are designed to maximize all-round visibility, and feature large glass panels, powerful windscreen wipers and big rear-view mirrors.” This means you are not only able to see everything, but you are actually safer.
Leading us into the next reason why trucks are such great vehicles.
6. YOU’LL BE A WHOLE LOT SAFER
This might not be something you think of first when considering the answer to the question “Why should I own a truck?”, but safety is a really big positive! Driving around in a full-size truck is extremely safe – if not safer than any other vehicle out there.
About.com offers a short list of the Top Pickup Truck Safety Features:
- Side Impact Protection
- Vehicle Stability Control
- Trailer Sway Control
- Cab Safety Cage Design
- Improved Seatbelt Systems
Truck manufacturers are constantly improving their safety features to ensure that you and your passengers are safe while driving.
A safe driver is a happy driver (and customer).
— David Maskell (@Krodnet) March 21, 2016
7. YOU’LL BE READY FOR ANYTHING
Do you, your friend, or a family member need help moving? Do you need to take an impromptu trip to the garbage dump? What about the supplies you need for the DIY house-reno project you’ve been planning?
When you own a truck, these are things that you can just do.
Plus, you’ll save money since you won’t have to pay for a U-Haul or delivery service. This just means you’ll have some extra cash for the best part of a big move: more pizza and beer!
8. YOUR RIDE WILL SUIT YOUR LIFESTYLE
A truck is more than just a mode of transportation. It acts like an extension of your lifestyle. If you are a hunter, a camper, or outdoor enthusiast, a truck will embody your pastime and lifestyle
Not to mention if you throw on a pair of Realtree Camo seat covers, you’ll really embrace your passion for hunting and the great outdoors. Just saying.
9. YOU’LL ADD A BIT OF ADVENTURE TO YOUR LIFE
With a truck, you have the luxury of being able to head to the outdoors and hit the off-road trails without worry.
You’ll be able to seek out adventure since you know you truck can take it. Mud flats, rocky roads, tree lined trails – adventures are possible with your truck. Nothing beats the freedom you’ll feel heading off road and into the outback or deep forest. The wilderness awaits you – are you ready?
10. YOU’LL JUST BE HAPPIER
This might go without saying after you have read this list, but with a truck, you’ll just be happier. Your daily commutes will be more comfortable (and roomy!), you’ll get more jobs done, and your camping and road trips will be more adventurous.
No wonder trucks are loved by so many and are top sellers in the US! Now, if you’re ready to start finding the truck that’s right for you, these Top 5 Websites for Car (and Truck) Buying will get you started.
Just take a look at these tweets! #Trucklove is a thing and we all should be a part of it
Are you convinced?
This new truck owner is!
— LiftedTrucks.com (@liftedtrucksaz) March 21, 2016
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