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Midsize or full-size pickup truck: Which one is best for you?


While together in Chicago, Publisher Tim Esterdahl and Managing Editor Jill Ciminillo had the opportunity to shoot some video of the 2022 Tundra and the 2022 Tacoma at the same time. They took a few minutes out to talk about the difference in size and hopefully help anyone wondering if the best truck for them is a midsize or full-size pickup truck.

Price difference

A lot of people tend to look at midsize pickup trucks because they cost less upfront. And others wonder why they’d go midsize if for just a few thousand more they can have a bigger truck. But choosing between a midsize and full-size truck is about so much more than price. You have to think about how it will fit your lifestyle, whether or not it will fit in your garage if you have one, and how comfortable your rear-seat passengers will be.

Midsize trucks are not family cars

When you have a tall person in the front seat you are not going to fit a rear-facing car seat in the back seat or a tall person. There just isn’t enough space in the back seat. So the back seats of midsize pickup trucks are fine for quick commutes or for cargo, but they won’t be comfortable for a family road trip.

A full-size truck has a lot more room in the second row, not just in legroom, but in width as well so you can comfortably fit three-across, even if some of them are adults or kids in bulky car seats.

Midsize or full-size pickup truck: Size matters

Naturally, it’s easier to reach into the bed of a midsize truck, which can be nice for vertically challenged people like Ciminillo. But full-size trucks can haul quite a bit more weight in cargo and of course, they can tow more. So the size of truck that works best for you is really going to depend on how you plan to use it.

Midsize trucks fit in most city garages, whereas full-size trucks often do not. Smaller trucks are also less stressful to drive on narrow city streets.

Which size works best for you? Watch the video and let us know in the comments.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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