How to Choose the Ideal Chevy Pickup Truck

August 16th, 2019 by

A blue 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, popular among used Chevy trucks, is towing machinery.

Purchasing a new or used car can seem like a challenge, although at Frank Kent Chevrolet we make the car buying experience as fun and stress-free as possible. To us, buying a new car should be an exciting event where you get behind the wheel of something that truly speaks to you. At Frank Kent Chevrolet, we believe that every driver has differing preferences and that they should be able to drive the car that not only matches their taste but their lifestyle as well. For a select group of drivers, any old sedan or SUV simply won’t cut it. These are the kind of drivers who want a vehicle that offers an ultimate degree of utility and is equipped to handle even the toughest workload. That said, we offer a wide variety of new and used Chevy trucks at Frank Kent Chevrolet in Ennis, Texas, and each type of truck specializes in a particular work and lifestyle. Continue reading to discover how you can find the best Chevy pickup to fit your needs, and how you can make the car buying process as simple and straightforward as possible.

The Engine Beneath the Hood

One of the most iconic features of a pickup truck is the amount of power at the vehicle’s disposal. The source of any car’s power is the engine. Here, power is transferred through to the wheels, influencing things like horsepower, torque, fuel economy, and towing capacity. Although, pickup manufacturers, particularly Chevy, have designed a variety of engine types that specialize in satisfying a particular kind of driver.

These engines are incredibly different from one another, and each vehicle utilizes its engine differently, but you will generally see engines that are either four-cylinder, V6, or V8. Typically your V8 engine will be your more powerful engine in terms of torque and horsepower while a four-cylinder is going to be more fuel-efficient.

What does the engine mean for a pickup truck? Well, when picking out a Chevy truck, you may want to ask yourself, ‘what do I expect my pickup to be able to do.’ Some drivers need something with a little extra cargo space to cart them from point A to point B. On the other hand, some drivers are looking for a true workhorse that is up to the task of towing and hauling. Deciding how you plan to use your Chevy pickup truck can go a long way in choosing the right kind.

Figuring Out Cab Sizes

If you’ve ever spotted a pickup truck on the road, or have visited a dealership that sells new and used Chevy trucks, then you may have noticed a huge differentiating factor; the cab sizes. When selecting a Chevy truck, you typically have the option of three different cab sizes, crew cab, double cab, and regular cab.

These cab sizes define more than just the size of the vehicle; they determine whether or not your Chevy truck will be used as more of a cargo hauler or a person mover. Regular cab Chevy trucks offer only a single row of seating and two-doors. At the same time, they prioritize the length of the truck bed over the size of the interior. A regular cab Chevy truck makes for a great work vehicle and is an ideal pick for business owners who are looking for a commercial truck.

Moving up the line are double cab Chevy trucks. Offering up four doors, and a second row of seats, as well as a reasonable amount of space for the truck bed. These kinds of Chevy trucks are the middling compromises, as they offer a decent amount of cargo and passenger space. Although it is important to note, while a double cab Chevy truck provides an extra row of seats, the amount of legroom can feel rather abysmal when compared to more passenger-centric vehicles like minivans and SUVs.

Lastly, the crew cab takes passenger comfort to the next level. Offering two rows of seats, four doors, and plenty of legroom, this is a vehicle perfect for someone who wants a Chevy truck to be used for both work and play. While they may look similar to a double cab Chevy truck at first glance, these two types of vehicles differ greatly and specialize in completely different areas of truck-driving.

Picking out the Right Chevy Pickup

The Chevy pickup truck line is particularly diverse, offering a range of vehicles that go from specialized workhorses to family-friendly trucks. At the base of the lineup is the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500. Offering up all three cab-styles, and the option of a 3.0L V6 diesel and 6.2L V8 engine, the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 can be configured to match any kind of pickup truck driver. And with a starting new price of $28,300 MSRP, you won’t break the bank jumping behind the wheel of this Chevy pickup truck.

The bigger brother of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500, is the 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500. Like its smaller counterpart, the Chevy Silverado 2500 offers all three cab variations, however sports only beefy V8 engines ranging from a standard 6.0L to a robust 6.6L turbo-diesel engine. What makes the 2019 Chevy Silverado 2500 a true standout is its towing capacity, which caps out at 15,400 lbs. Standing beside the Silverado 2500 is the Silverado 3500HD which offers up similarly powerful driving experience. While the towing capacity falls a little shy of the Silverado 2500, at 14,200 lbs with the 6.0L V8 but with the 6.6L V6, it packs a punch at 23,100 lbs.

Alongside the Chevy Silverado 1500 is the Chevy Colorado, a similarly sized pickup truck that offers a more entry-level pickup driving experience. However, don’t let the size of this truck fool you, as drivers can opt for a small yet mighty 2.8L 4-cylinder diesel engine, and has a max towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. Like the Chevy Silverado 1500, the Chevy Colorado is another affordable option starting at just $21,300 MSRP new.

No matter what kind of pickup truck best satisfies your day-to-day need, our team at Frank Kent Chevrolet have got you covered. Our customers range from business owners looking for a fully-capable work truck, to full-time parents searching for a vehicle that offers the space of a minivan with the utility and cargo space of an SUV. We’ll not only show you the power and class of the Chevy pickup truck, but we’ll give you the full scoop of what the entire lineup offers. From the small but punchy Chevy Colorado to the jaw-dropping power of the Chevy Silverado 2500, we’re passionate about what the Chevy brand offers, and will go above and beyond to ensure that you leave our dealership behind the pickup that matches your lifestyle.