Pickup truck reviews
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Buying a pickup
Consider your needs carefully before buying. Some “small” pickups have high capacities and beds, yet are easier to park, load, and drive, and use less gas. Sometimes the full sized trucks are actually cheaper and there’s not much gas-mileage difference. There are many surprises; for example, one company’s big V8 gets better mileage than its V6 or little V8.
Trucks have a tremendous number of options which can bewilder buyers — and ill-informed salesmen. You can transform a comfortable vehicle that fits your needs into a bone-jarring fuel-hog; likewise, you can accidentally downrate a capable truck too far. Test drive vehicles that are set up the way you will order them, because the capacity and gearing greatly affect their feel. Some brief notes:
Though some trucks outsell others, many truck buyers tend to buy out of loyalty to one brand or another more than out of reasoned comparison shopping; and many are sold to fleets and commercial buyers who may be going for the lowest bid (or who want to limit the number of parts they need to stock). Your needs are your needs; buy the truck that fits you.