Truck do much but what most find is American moved to trucks and SUV models as cars shrunk to sizes they really do not like.
Many lament the SUM models today but take an average CUV today and it is about the same size and shape as a 40’s sedan.
As cars moved to the 50’s but the size remained and the fenders went flush. It was in the 60’s where wider lower came in. But in the 70’s we went back to that same size.
I own all variations. I have a Truck, SUV, Sedan and sports car. The sedan is ok but it will haul nothing, it will tow nothing and it even with the V6 gets about the same mpg as my mid size truck. It has a large trunk but the opening with the short deck lid will it take in anything unless it is flat or unboxed.
Back in the day my fathers mid size sedan was a family car but the trunk could carry a bike. The roof carried sheets of plywood with no damage. Try that today on my sedan the roof would be destroyed. My fathers car was also a crew cab truck.
My hope is if we are going to be forced to EV we may get our larger cars back like we used to have. No longer forced small for mpg the larger car could even supply a larger battery.
I just saw on another forum where a writer wanted people token small efficient cars and only rent trucks. But I think he misses the point that people want larger vehicles.
FYI ever saw a Sonic hit a Deer? Not pretty.
I think part of your point is that today's pick-ups are not only a utility vehicle, get inside and most are also close to yesterday's large sedan. Luxury, amenities, room, comfort - and the addition of a ginormous "trunk" behind you. And with engine tech, likely fuel mileage to rival a passenger car of any real size. You get the best of two worlds.
I've written elsewhere on this forum about the absolute belief in owning a pick-up truck. of course, I live in the West, and on occasion (not so much anymore, but in my younger days) would sometimes use a truck to assist in earning my living, and even to transport a deer from the field to the garage to be hung and processed. (there, I hope I've made a connection with the original story)
So I may not be totally unbiased, is what I'm saying. But since the 1970s, I've never been tempted even once, to rent a truck. And since those same days, I've owned one (of multiple sizes, to suit my needs). And I've never, ever, regretted it!
I'm not sure you actually did much reading of what it was he said he had to haul. Everything is big and dirty. I don't believe something like a Durango is going to hold up to the very extensive list and schedule he layed out. Last point: Though a Durango will pull 6k lbs, it won't take anything close to that in hitch weight. Remember that tow ratings often include the amount of weight the vehicle is carrying in general. Just with the jacks, fuel, tires, and all the rest, you easily have over a thousand pounds. Throw in a trailer with some weight, a race car, and anything more than 2 people to the mix and it's just a recipe for disaster. Doing that more than 2-3 times a year is a good way to have a blowout at the wrong time and put considerably more wear and tear on the vehicle than you would on a truck.
But what do I know? You're free not to read anything long winded... including my response.
Not for nothing was the 'body on frame, V8 power' the dominant vehicle architecture for decades. All day comfort and easy power. It's just instead of being available in saloons and wagons, it's npw available as a pick up. I've long thought that the pick up truck has replaced those traditional American cars even if you don't need the utility all the time. There's simply nothing else that can cover all the bases, especially if you only have one vehicle.
Years ago my then boss used to race a Shelby GT350. His choice of tow vehicle? A first gen F150 Lightning which he imported specifically to be his tow wagon. His rationale was it would tow all day getting 15 mpg (Imperial) without breaking a sweat, whereas a diesel Transit would struggle and get no better mileage (he had done this prior to getting the F150).
I'd like you to read the article more carefully. I'm quoting the opinion held by "automotive experts" on the Internet. How did you not pick up the fact that I owned, and drove, a Silverado for 78,000 miles over the past four years, and that I am in direct opposition to that mindset?
@plamry is one of my new besties. I'm a longtime fan of Dodge (now Ram) pickups. I had a '62 D-100 way back when, and found it to be superiorly rugged. Came really close to buying a Ram Charger in the '70s based on the D-100 experience, but budget and a new job where a GMC was given to me as part of the signing bonus belayed that. I currently have an '02 Dakota SLT, as I now only do fairly light-weight ranch and DIY duties - don't need a bigger rig. If I was looking to upsize though, I'd be shopping for some level of Ram - no question.
Not sure if I agree that the 1500 is best for towing all the stuff Jack listed. I'd probably opt for a 2500 - but it's certainly debatable. However, I really do like the Ram trucks overall. There are Ford lovers and GM lovers and of course Toyota, Nissan and a few other brands (Tesla? Mini? I even know a guy with a Hudson P/U!). And they all have their reasons for their brand loyalty, and I can't/won't argue with anyone about their choices. But if Ryan and I meet up at the Ram dealership someday, I'm gonna clap him on the back and treat him like a long-lost brother! 😊
Okay, I can't treat him like a brother - my parents have been gone longer than he's been alive 🤔 - guess I'd have to treat him like a cousin or something...not sure if I even have any of those in their 40s. I've got kids who are way older than him. But I still like his choice of pick-up. And I agree that lower-level trim is fine - cloth seats, not too many whistles and bells, simpler sound systems - "less is more" to me when it comes to truck interiors.
@Egodriver71 - if you're getting one for yourself, go ahead and see if they'll give you a "2-for-the-price-of-1" deal, and get me a red one. No need to deliver it to me, I'll come and get it. Maybe even buy you lunch or something... 😎