pickup truck size

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3930dave

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Apologize in advance if this seems like an inane post, but i'm blown away every day of what the full size pickup has now become. best regards
I've wandered down many of the same thought-paths myself.....

Modern-day version of H. Ford's "You can have any color......." ?

.....You can have any kind of pickup you want..... "So long as it's Large, Loaded, Expensive, and Automatic !".

My personal favourite on the road these daze..... usually a young guy, driving a new p/u around with the extended towing mirrors on full viagra, and No Trailer.....

Some young folk get it though...... a really sharp young tech at the last shop I worked at rebuilt an early 80's Jeep that was given to him...... for small, light, agile, you need to hop into a time machine....

^ another young guy at that shop said "That thing makes my Dad's new Wrangler look like a school-bus....."

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Ya 10mpg if you are lucky;new trucks mostly get double that.The small modern trucks are not that much smaller than full size and don't get much better mileage.
My wife will only drive something that is "up high". I got her a 2020 Chevy crewcab V8 short bed and it is lucky to get 16 mpg. But my wife only drives 2 ways ........ to the floor or hard brake. Nothing in between.
 
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3930dave

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Yeah, those look about the size of the pick up trucks here in Europe.

Here is a picture of my 2010 Mitsubishi L200. 2.5 liter engine with 180hp. Around 30 MPH empty and 17 MPH towing about 5800 lbs. It's not, not huge but it just squeezes on some of our tight roads.

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I'm thinking you meant mpG :).... Is that a stick shift, or automatic ? We've never had those Mitsu's here.....

Like houses, closets, garages..... humans tend to use up whatever space they're given, and then some. We mostly have big wide roads here, but much of the world doesn't.

Big trucks are popular here, including with many who don't really use the "truck" functions much/at all.

To each his own...... Wave my magic wand, and I'd probably roll with an olde school Land Cruiser or Rover, or slightly more modern, the VW tdi p/u that much of the world outside of Can/USA got......

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3930dave

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If I could only find a new 72 Chevy Cheyenne C-20 350 auto 4 x 4 with air. I would be one happy camper.
bringatrailer.com I really shouldn't torment myself with that site.....

Spend a little time there, and it's clear that many people share your thoughts on clean classic trucks...... certain ones close for big (at least to me) $.

Then again.... vs. the cost of new trucks.....

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I don’t know exact measurements but I’m guessing the overall dimensions of a pickup aren’t that much bigger than say the 1970’s to today. I’m talking a 8’ bed regular cab. My truck has a shorter bed, 6.5’, and an extended cab, Ford calls it a Supercab. The overall dimension is roughly the same as a regular cab long bed.

On the other hand you get into long bed crew cabs, they start getting big.

My first car, 77 Ford Granada, 302 V8, something like 134 hp, 17 mpg, 20 mpg with a tailwind downhill. This car was so slow if you pushed it off a cliff it wouldn’t reach the bottom.

My current truck, 5.0 V8, 385 hp, gets 17 mpg the places I drive normally and will get 20 mpg on the highway. Lots of power. You can’t say we haven’t made progress.
 
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I think I've just about convinced myself that the reason pickups have become so luxurious, large, and expensive is because the full size sedan was strangled to death by fuel economy standards.

If you squint you can see the sedan in a four door, 5.5' box with a tonneau cover pickup: big legroom, big headroom, big power, big (separate) trunk for the golf clubs, all the gizmos.
 
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I have a 2018 2500HD Duramax diesel, LTZ. Here's the deal for me. I don't buy a truck based on fuel milage. I need 4wd for the winter and light off road stuff. I need a workhorse to tow things. I need a crew cab for when the family goes along. I'm 6' and about 260#, and can't stand being cramped into a small truck. A sportscar, like my old Firebird is a different story. I don't want the hassle of dealing with an old troublesome truck anymore, especially when towing distances. I don't need all the bells and whistles of a modern LTZ but they sure are nice to have. Whatever truck I have is my daily driver also. I want and need an all purpose vehicle and why not have some comforts along with it. Anything less than a 3/4 ton truck would suffer punishing wear and tear that would lead to an early demise. Plus my Duramax will hold its value really well when it's time to trade up. Anything else for me would be a new Camaro or a rugged Jeep just for fun.

It's all relative to your needs. Some guys drive big trucks, some drive toy trucks. I'm a big truck guy, no doubt about it.
 
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My 2019 F150 dwarfs my '87 Ram 250, carries more, tows more, has at least 150 more hp and gets 50%-60% better mpg while riding better and has a functioning AC.


I still love my old Ram more..
 
 
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