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Are Trucks Just For Men?


I recently overheard a conversation among several men about trucks and how it’s “dumb that women think they look cool while driving them.” I mean, the same could be said for anyone driving a luxurious or sporty vehicle, like a Lamborghini. But a truck? Really?

Let’s break this down. I don’t think anyone owns a truck to “look cool.” They own them because of practicality and their needs of owning one. Yes, even those super lifted trucks with huge wheels can serve a purpose if off-roading is your thing and you live in the mountains.

Trucks are for women just as much as they are for men and it’s time we break the stigma that certain vehicles belong to a certain sex.

Growing up, as a child, the idea of owning a truck was never a thought in my head. In fact, I grew up seeing my grandfather who was a painter drive around in his truck and assumed all trucks were made to be a work truck. While they are still often used for that purpose, nowadays trucks are designed to be so much more. They are luxurious, feature some of the best technology, very spacious, and let’s not forget, they are sexy. Why wouldn’t a woman want to drive one?

Trucks have also become a family vehicle for many people. For me, I prefer a truck while having smaller kids. It’s easier to load up the truck when heading out to the beach or to a ballgame. The kids can hop in the back seats and we won’t lose any room when we store the ice chest, chairs, and anything else we need into the bed of the truck. Plus, on days I am taking the kids to and from sports practices, all their smelly equipment can go into the bed of the truck without us having to smell it on the drive home.

Trucks are also becoming a lot more fuel efficient, which could replace the need of an SUV if you don’t have a use for that third row. Take the GMC Canyon in 2WD— this class-leading truck offers 22 city and 30 highway for a combined 25 mpg. Or the Honda Ridgeline which offers 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway for a combined 22 mpg.

Women are purchasing vehicles that suites not just their needs, but the needs of their family. Even if a woman isn’t into the outdoor life, who’s to say she can’t own a truck if it has everything she wants in a vehicle? Most people purchase vehicles they think look nice. Would you buy a completely unattractive vehicle? I doubt it. Trucks and SUV’s are similar in many ways but what lacks in an SUV is the cargo area. Much space is eaten up if a third-row is involved. So if space is what a woman is looking for, especially while raising children, then guess what? A truck is what she will get.

There is enough judgmental BS going on in this country to worry if a man or woman is driving a truck. So next time you’re on the road… judge the truck and not who’s driving it.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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