Is a Pickup Truck Heavier Than an SUV?
The size of trucks and sport utility vehicles has increased rapidly in the last few years. Increased size means more room for passengers, cargo, and even a higher towing capacity. However, SUVs don’t really grow in size past a large or extended-length version. Trucks are used for flatbed towing, logging, concrete mixers, and dump trucks. Most drivers aren’t going to be driving a concrete mixer around, but these trucks are heavier than an SUV in most cases.
Most pickup trucks are heavier than an SUV
J.D. Power has all of the answers, especially when it comes to finding out if a pickup truck is heavier than an SUV. Aside from the usual compact or full-size option, many types of trucks exist. These classifications have not changed from half-ton trucks to three-quarter-ton trucks and even one-ton trucks.
These are typical weights for a pickup truck and how each might be classified. Most trucks you might find at the local dealership will be a Class 2b or below, though some Class 3 options are available.
|Truck type||Typical minimum weight||Typical maximum weight|
|Class 1 – Light||4,000 pounds||4,7000 pounds|
|Class 2a – Light Truck||5,000 pounds||5,500 pounds|
|Class 2b – Light/Medium Truck||6,300 pounds||7,000 pounds|
|Class 3 – Medium Truck||6,000 pounds||7,000 pounds|
|Class 4 – Medium Truck||6,000 pounds||8,000 pounds|
|Class 5 – Medium Truck||8,000 pounds+|
|Class 6 – Medium Truck||8,000 pounds||9,000 pounds|
|Classes 7 and 8 – Heavy Trucks||33,000 pounds+|
Examples of these trucks are listed below. Anything over a Class 7 truck is considered heavy-duty, more like a box or semi-truck.
|Class 1||Class 2a||Class 2b||Class 3||Class 4||Class 5|
|Jeep Gladiator||Ford F-250||Ford F-250||Ford F-350||Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD||Chevrolet Silverado 5500HD|
|Toyota Tacoma||Nissan Titan||Nissan Titan XD||Ram 3500||Ford F-450 Chassis Cab||Ford F-550|
|Nissan Frontier||Toyota Tundra||Ram 2500||Isuzu NPR||Ram 4500||Ram 5500|
Beyond these options, trucks move into the commercial and heavy-duty range. Not something you would buy in lieu of a Chevy Tahoe or equivalent.
Trucks are heavier than SUVs but are also more capable of heavy-duty work
SUVs come in all sorts of sizes these days, from subcompact options on the smaller side all the way up to large and full-size vehicles that have room for nine passengers. J.D. Power says that some features of a sport utility vehicle include a shared platform with light-duty pickup trucks, body-on-frame construction, and off-road capability.
There are a few different types of SUVs, and this helps determine how much it might weigh. These are subcompact, compact, midsize, full-size, and extended-length.
|SUV type||Typical minimum weight||Typical maximum weight|
|Compact||3,000 pounds||3,500 pounds|
|Midsize||3,500 pounds||6,000 pounds|
|Full-size||5,300 pounds||6,000 pounds|
|Extended-length||5,400 pounds||6,000 pounds|
Manufacturers are not necessarily held to any weight restrictions when building SUVs. There are restrictions on vehicles for commercial use, but the general weights of different sport utility vehicle sizes are below. Midsize SUVs are one of the most popular types on the market, generally weighing around 5,000 pounds.
|Honda HR-V||Kia Sportage||Hyundai Santa Fe||Cadillac Escalade||Chevrolet Suburban|
|Nissan Kicks||Toyota RAV4||Kia Telluride||Toyota Land Cruiser||Lincoln Navigator|
|Jeep Renegade||Honda CR-V||Jeep Wrangler||Chevrolet Tahoe||GMC Yukon XL|
While these SUVs are popular and suitable for many drivers, these would not be able to do the job of a heavy-duty truck.
There are many truck varieties to do different kinds of jobs
When it comes down to it, a pickup truck is heavier than an SUV, but it also has many more varieties. SUVs end at full-size and extended-length options. Trucks are used for concrete mixers, fire trucks, logging trucks, semi-trucks, and everything in between. It makes sense that a vehicle used to move heavy machinery or large trees around would have to be bigger and more capable than an SUV that carries seven people around town.
You can read more about what makes a pickup truck a commercial vehicle, but it is likely heavier than most SUVs at that point.