Date: 25 Jan
looking for a mid size work truck
From: JD McKell
vs Colorado. How to decide?
is an extremely daunting task.
Proper research and preparation can reduce just how daunting this can be. The criticality of this task is
compounded when you are shopping for a work vehicle. This report will focus on comparing and contrasting work
trucks for rugged environments.
The number of available options are immense, however this report will
focus on mid-size trucks.
Information will be covered briefly about full sized trucks. It’s assumed full sized and over sized
trucks were eliminated through previous research.
Mid size trucks,
once considered ‘Light-duty’ are becoming the truck of choice for an expanding
range of companies. Several
important considerations that must factor into the decision: hauling capacity,
size, occupants, driving conditions, miles per year, technology, comfort, and
towing capacity. Gross vehicle
weight ranges (GVWRs) determine what size a truck is. A mid size truck ranges from 4,300 to 6,000 lbs. Where as, a full-size truck is from
6,400 to 13,300 lbs. Hauling and
towing capacity are perhaps the two most important considerations to initially
address. Badger Folk has minimal
need for hauling and towing.
However, price point, technology, and miles per gallon are three
extremely important considerations that will heavily influence the decision.
Vehicle sizes of
½, ¾, and 1-ton were the standard to identify payload capabilities. These terms are somewhat ambiguous. As improvements are made, the
classes overlap, however these terms are still used as a basic starting
point. V-6 and V-8 engines are
offered in both mid and full sized trucks. The size of the truck bed is also important to
research. Short bed, 5.5 ft,
standard bed, 6.6 ft, long bed, 8 ft.
Knowing bed length requirements for specific job applications is
Number of doors / Interior
determines the number of people or equipment that be carried inside the
truck. Regular cab, a bench seat
or two bucket seats, very little storage behind the seat. Extended cab, extra fold down seats or
bench seat, very little leg room in back seat. Crew cab, four doors, seats between four and six depending
on seats vs bench choices.
Choosing between seat material.
Vinyl is a low cost option, great for a work truck. Cloth seats are more comfortable, but
also harder to clean. Leather
seats are a higher cost, and less practical for a work truck.
vehicles air conditioning is now a standard feature. Work trucks don’t tend to come with power options for the
locks, doors and windows. Available
options for managing whatever is being hauled are also important. Technology packages also can add
benefit and increased usability in a work truck. GPS, on-star, or other electronics packages make the truck
work harder for the company. Other
electronics packages can make the truck more enjoyable for the employee. This is a significant perk for
employees that spend a lot of time in the vehicle driving between job sites.