Crew Cab Truck

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Nissan, Chevrolet and GMC all use the term Crew Cab to describe their pickup trucks fitted with 4-door cabs. The goal of a crew cab is to provide adequate legroom in the rear seating area for adults. Almost all Crew Cab models provide seating for 3 adults in the rear seating area.

Also Known As: Quad Cab (Dodge), Mega Cab (Dodge), Double Cab (Toyota), SuperCrew (Ford)

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A lot of changes have come to the world of pickup trucks in the last decade. Once purely focused on delivering great muscle for work at an affordable price, today’s trucks trade a higher purchase price for refinement that can match the trappings and on-road performance of luxury vehicles—with far greater utility than most. Along the way to evolving into a daily driver from just a workhorse, an idea first coined back in 1962 became very important—the crew cab. Customers looking to squeeze into a modern pickup could justify the greater expense by using their new truck as their daily driver. For many, that means seating for 5 is a must.

How much you’re going to spend for a crew cab-equipped pickup truck depends on just how much utility you need. There are surprising reasons for the price differences between a midsized pickup that can seat 5 and a fullsized model with the same seating capacity.

Midsized pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma are the best bet for someone looking to spend the least amount of money and still be able to shuttle everyone along in a roomy crew cab. Why? The Colorado, Canyon and Tacoma offer a crew cab with their most affordable engine option (a 2.5-liter I4 for the GMs and a 2.7-liter I4 in the Toyota) and their most basic of trim level. GM and Toyota believe the new generation of midsize pickups will sway the hearts of customers looking at SUVs and wagons. Giving customers an option that’s long on utility, stingy on fuel and can be configured anywhere from basic to luxurious is, simply put, good for business. Honda’s Ridgeline delivers trades the greater utility of the aforementioned models for a more car-like ride. It deserves a look because it’s available only as a crew cab, no matter what trim level you want it in. Nissan’s Frontier lives up to its name in terms of a more rugged, classic “truck” driving feel and makes you upgrade its engine for a crew cab. If you enjoy more truck-like handling (think the Jeep Cherokees of the 90’s), you should also check out Nissan’s midsize for its overall low price. You can find affordable deals on a great, crew-cab equipped daily driver in the midsize pickup category—just expect a bed size that’s around 5 feet long (but can max out around 6 feet long in more expensive configurations) and a towing capacity that’s typically between 2,000-3,500 lbs.

Expect to spend more if you’re looking into a crew-cab equipped fullsize pickup, but a much bigger payoff awaits for demanding towing and hauling needs. Almost all fullsize pickup manufacturers sell their crew cab equipped models with at least the middle-of-the-pack engine. Why? Someone that’s looking into a fullsized pickup truck is looking for more workhorse functionality in their family hauler. That means less tolerance for a more under-powered engine. Likewise, modern expectations for creature comforts in a daily-driver means crew-cabbed fullsize pickup trucks are generally not available in entry-level, workhorse trims.

As far as capability differences in fullsized crew cab pickups, there are some surprising standouts.

If a spacious cabin is your primary concern, check out any of Ram’s Mega Cab-equipped models. The largest four-door cab available for a pickup on the market today, Mega Cabs offer around 1 foot of extra length than any other crew cab. What to do with all that extra length? Ram decided to use the space to offer the only reclining rear seats available in a pickup truck. The Mega Cab’s rear seas can tilt back from a 22 to a 37-degree angle for added comfort. Legroom for rear passengers also sees a bonus from the length, with Mega Cabs serving up a best-in-class legroom area of 44.2 inches. If you need to store more stuff inside the cabin, the Mega Cab’s rear seats are split 60/40, allowing them to fold flat and move forward to provide numerous configurations for maximum interior cargo capacity. Ram’s Mega Cab is available on select 2500 and 3500 models, and can only be paired with a 6.2-foot bed.

At the other end of the crew cab spectrum sits the SuperCab-equipped Ford F250 and F350 models. For starters, you can opt for Ford’s massive 8.2-foot long bed when you select a SuperCab (crew cab) model. Granted, you now are driving the longest mass-produced vehicle in the Western Hemisphere at 21 feet and 11 inches long, but you’re all set for hauling people and stuff. On the subject of hauling people, Ford’s SuperCab can be configured to sport bench seats for the front and rear, upping your total people capacity to six.  With that type of capacity, moving a family living in a two-bedroom apartment could only take one trip.

Edited by Jonathan Gromer