Common Truck Terminology

2017 Ram 1500 - truck terminology

If you’re looking to buy a pickup for the first time, you’re probably seeing some common truck terminology that you may not recognize. Here Withnell Dodge presents a guide to the most popular truck-related lingo to help you get your bearings in the hunt for the perfect pickup.

Light-Duty

Light-duty pickups, like the RAM 1500, will have a payload capacity of 1,500-2,000 pounds and a maximum towing capacity near 10,000 pounds. These are the most common trucks and used for personal needs like towing ATVs and boats.

Heavy-Duty

Trucks like the RAM 2500 and 3500 are more powerful and are designed to tow 20,000 pounds or more. These pickups are often used for commercial work like construction, or for hauling RVs.

Torque

Torque is the amount of twisting force applied to the engine. Pickups use more torque at lower speeds to create more force for hauling heavy objects

Payload

This word refers to the weight of the cargo that is hauled within the bed of the truck.

Cabs

Trucks come with different cab options, meaning different sizes and configurations for the interior passenger space. For instance, a standard cab will have just two bucket seats or a front row with little interior cargo space, while a Crew Cab will have a roomy second row plus four-door access.

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