Light vs. Heavy Duty Trucks

August 15th, 2018 by

With a wide selection of used trucks for sale at our Reno used car dealership, it can be difficult to decide what type of pickup truck works best for you–light duty or heavy duty. We’re here to break down for you the main differences between each so you can make an informed decision and drive off the lot behind the wheel of a truck that will get everything you need done.


When it comes to capability, the main thing you look at in trucks is towing capacity and payload capacity. There is no doubt that heavy duty truck models have the upper hand in this department, with some heavy duty models being able to tow north of 25,000 pounds, compared to light duty models like the Ford F-150 which can tow up to 8,000 pounds. Heavy duty trucks are much better for drivers who must tow incredibly heavy equipment for a job or routinely tow big campers for weekend trips.


While our Reno used car dealer stocks plenty of affordable trucks, the price difference between light and heavy duty trucks can be enough to sway a shopper towards light duty. The gap has significantly lessened in recent years, but in general, light duty trucks go for less and a lot of the time, with more value when you factor in modern features and tech that are being installed in plenty of them.


If off-roading is one of your main concerns when buying a truck, light-duty trucks are more nimble, easier to maneuver, and lighter, all of which come in handy when you are driving off the beaten path. With the exception of a few heavy duty truck models, most heavy duty trucks are harder to maneuver and don’t make for the greatest off-road vehicles.


With most heavy-duty trucks utilizing diesel fuel, you generally get better fuel economy out of heavy duty trucks than you do with light duty trucks utilizing gasoline. Diesel works better with heavy vehicles towing heavy loads, and while there are a few light duty trucks that use diesel, you generally have to pay a premium for them and they are few and far between.

Contact us today with any questions about the availability of our used trucks or to reserve one for a test drive.

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