Today’s trucks offer much more for your money

I love classic trucks and I’ve often thought, “They don’t make them like they used to.” But the hard truth is that they make them better. Modern trucks outperform conventional trucks, last longer and offer many other features.

Trucks are more capable than they once were

2021 F-Series Super Duty | Ford Motor Company

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When it comes to purely trucking tasks, modern trucks outperform conventional trucks. There was a time when a full-size, lightweight pickup truck could only haul 1,000 pounds of cargo – that’s why they’re still called “half-ton trucks.” But today, most full-size light trucks can haul double that.

As the payload capacities of pickup trucks have doubled, their towing ratings have multiplied. The 2022 Ram 3500 equipped with a high-output Cummins turbo diesel engine offers a maximum towing capacity of 37,090 pounds. At the time, this type of towing was the territory of tractor-trailers.

Even the basic trucks offer more features

The leather interior of a premium Ford F-150 pickup truck.

2021 F-150 King Ranch | Ford Motor Company

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Modern pickups also excel in performance parameters that classic truck engineers never considered: Modern pickups can keep up with road traffic and won’t scare you around corners. Many modern trucks offer exceptional gas mileage given their capabilities. Few classic trucks offered the same performance.

It’s easy to complain about “feature creep” driving up the cost of new vehicles. But the bottom line is that even the cheapest new pickup truck offers a backup camera and driver-assist technology, like auto-brake and lane-keep assist, that can save lives.

If you’re buying a new truck, you’ll also enjoy features that original buyers of classic trucks never imagined: cell phone connectivity, proximity warnings, tire pressure monitoring systems and automatic load leveling. . Many classic trucks, on the other hand, did not have cup holders. It really is a brave new world.

Andre Smirnov of The Fast Lane Truck said it well: “Trucks are getting a little more expensive, but they’re getting more advanced, more efficient, and better in just about every way.”

Trucks last longer than before

A mechanic's hands turning a wrench, an engine compartment firewall visible behind.

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One of the ways that modern engineering and machining has greatly improved modern trucks is in the build quality of their components. Here’s an example: the average modern V8 engine will likely run longer before needing a rebuild than the average classic V8. They are simply better built and therefore more reliable than ever.

The result of new durable components is long lasting carts. Consumer Reports predicts, “Modern pickup trucks, if properly maintained, can stay on the road for 200,000 miles or more.

What is the result of modern trucks lasting longer? A better return on your investment. It doesn’t matter whether you plan to shove that new truck into the ground or take advantage of the durable vehicle’s higher resale value, the fact that it will last a long time will benefit you.

Classic trucks have a time and a place

Vintage pickup trucks are charming classics that can put a smile on most people’s faces. These are fantastic vehicles to restore and enjoy. But engineering and manufacturing have come a long way. So the next time someone says, “They don’t make them like they used to,” you can say, “No, they make them better.”

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