Heavy-Duty vs Light-Duty Trucks | Spirit Lake, IA
Heavy-Duty vs Light-Duty Trucks | Spirit Lake, IA

It’s time to get a new truck, but how do you decide between a light-duty and a heavy-duty pickup truck? It all depends upon how you will use it.

Versatile and Maneuverable

The most popular pickup trucks on the market are in the light-duty category. These include the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, RAM 1500, Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan. Light-duty trucks are easy to drive around town but can also be fitted out for off-road adventures like hunting and fishing. They have a towing capacity in the 12,000 pound range and a max payload of around 1,500 to 3,000 pounds. This is plenty of power for personal needs like small campers and boats or a commercial venture like a lawn-care company. The best part about a light-duty truck is that they are far easier to park than their larger siblings.

Capable and Powerful

Heavy-duty pickup trucks like the Ford F-250 and F-350, the RAM 2500 and 3500 and Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 are known for their ability to do the heavy work. Heavy-duty pickup trucks come with larger engines — some are available with diesel engines— stronger suspensions and beefed up transmissions to allow these workhorses to get down to business. If you need to haul a large horse trailer or boat, you want a heavy-duty version. Contractors prefer these trucks because they need to haul construction materials or equipment — and these trucks can tow 20,000 pounds or more. And with a max payload of over 6,500 pounds, they are the masters of hauling. What they don’t do as well is maneuver in city traffic. If parking efficiency is important, go with a light-duty version, but if you need power and strength, the heavy-duty models are your best bet.

Need help choosing the right truck for your needs? Our sales staff at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake would be glad to assist you in making the right choice. We’re proud to serve Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, Iowa.


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