While you may have decided that you need a new truck, there are so many models on the market, that it can be hard to determine which truck you should even get. We put together this short truck buying guide to help you determine which pickup is the right one for you and your needs.

Types of Trucks

Compact Trucks

The compact truck segment is recently coming back to offer more options than ever before. This segment, which consists of vehicles like the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado, are smaller than the typical truck. These models are also built on a separate chassis frame than full-size pickups and typically offer a range of four-cylinder and V6 engines.

Full-size Trucks

If you are looking for a work horse to get the job done, then a full-size truck is likely the right choice for you. Full-size trucks are large in size and have a higher ride. They also have a number of cab, bed, and drivetrain configurations. Some examples of this are the Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Heavy-duty Trucks

For a truck that can carry serious loads and haul fifth-wheel trailers, the heavy-duty truck segment is the place to look. These trucks are bulky and intimidating, but perfect for getting the job done. 

Truck Features


The majority of pickup trucks are rear-wheel-drive platforms, but there are other drivetrain options. Four-wheel drive is the go-to system for good traction in the winter, off-roading, and other tough conditions, and all-wheel drive is also a great choice for those truck drivers that want a good grip on the road.


The smaller the truck, the less towing capabilities it will have. Compact pickup trucks typically have a 3,000 to 7,000-pound towing rating, while full-size trucks can tow from 5,000 to 10,000 pounds. Heavy-duty trucks can tow a significantly larger amount, with the highest towing rating coming in at 31,000 pounds. When searching for the right towing truck, make sure you also consider the specifications of the truck. These can greatly affect the towing capacity.


Depending on the type of truck chosen, the standard engine and engine options can vary. Compact trucks typically have standard four-cylinder engines and optional V6 engines, while full-size trucks usually come standard with a V6 with optional V8 engines. For the heavy-duty trucks, diesel engines are key to getting the best out of your capabilities. 
Make an appointment at Shults Resale Center today to learn more about which pickup truck is right for you. Give our Olean dealership a call at (888) 361-5952 or our Dunkirk location at (888) 483-0660. We look forward to seeing you soon!