These myths range from poor fuel economy to some people’s belief that trucks are only for farm and country use. The myths have been debunked over and over again but somehow people still believe them. Trucks have come a long way since the introduction of the pickup due to innovation in the automotive industry and technology. There are even hybrid and all-electric trucks entering the market, such as the Ford F150 Lightning, which dispels one of the oldest myths about trucks being too fuel-intensive. It can be hard to debunk some of these myths, but perhaps with enough knowledge, they will one day become a thing of the past.
10 Myth: Poor fuel economy
Trucks are notorious for being horrible when it comes to fuel economy. This myth is based on the fact that at one point trucks were heavy, not aerodynamic, and had large, inefficient engines. For example, the 1975 Ford F-100 averaged 10.7 mpg. Compare that to the 2021 F150 at 19 mpg with the V8 and 21 mpg with the V6 EcoBoost, and you can see the improvements that were made.
With so many trucks reporting average mpg between 23 and 26 mpg, it might be time to put the fuel economy legend to bed forever. Not to mention the introduction of fully electric and hybrid trucks on the market. These trucks have more torque than a standard combustion engine and have greater fuel economy, or even no fuel needed in all-electric trucks. There are even 8 new all-electric pickup trucks coming in 2021 and 2022.
9 The legend: pickup for men
Pickup trucks aren’t just for men. Trucks are loved and owned by women all over the world. There is no specific gender or gender for vehicles that can drive or only enjoy them. Marketing used to target men and focus on men who drive trucks. The community picked this up and carried on. There was a perception that the truck was too big and sturdy for a woman to drive. A woman can drive anything a man can and she has proven it time and time again.
Women are professional racing car drivers, stunt drivers, mechanics, and car builders. Women love to do the same things that men do in trucks. This includes off-road driving, restoring, racing and putting them in car shows to showcase their work and win prizes. However, not all women do all of these things. Some want a truck just because they like the way it looks or need it to work. Whatever it is, trucks are definitely for women and men alike.
8 Myth: Trucks are not safe
Trucks used to be considered unsafe due to things like rollover hazards. The truth behind the myth is that trucks were, in fact, unsafe many years ago, and so were cars. Over the years, there has been a huge focus on car safety and trucks have come a long way in this department.
Gone are the days when a truck was assumed to be unsafe just because it was a truck. Many new truck models come with 5-star safety ratings. However, not all trucks are created equal, and just because you bought the biggest truck on the market doesn’t make it the safest. If safety is your concern, research should always be done before buying a car. Are trucks the safest vehicles on the road? Not as a general rule, but they have come a long way with the help of technology and people shouldn’t just assume a truck is unsafe based on the fact that it’s only a truck.
7 Myth: You can’t be luxury in a truck
Pickup trucks used to be basic with only the necessary features to get the job done. It’s normal to want some luxury in your cars and many people think that a truck can’t be luxury. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Again, the myth started as a fact but has changed over time, and people didn’t realize the idea that a truck could be luxury.
One notable example is Cadillac, the name being synonymous with luxury. Cadillac produced trucks that were arguably as luxurious as their automobile counterparts. Other automakers have also added luxury to their trucks over the years with amenities like leather seats, touch screens on the dashboard, leather-wrapped dashboards and steering wheels, and just about anything you can find in a luxury car. If you are looking for luxury, don’t count on a pickup truck.
6 Myth: Leaving the tailgate down saves fuel economy
Everyone has seen someone drive a truck with the tailgate down or even use one of those tailgates. You can thank the gas-saving myth by leaving the back door down. This myth is based on the belief that leaving the tailgate closed, in the overhead position, with a wall of air created will create clouds. Hence it is believed that this drag makes the truck work harder and be less aerodynamic.
This myth has been debunked many times, yet people still believe it. The science shows that air flows better with the tailgate closed creating a vacuum or bubble that pushes air smoothly over the tailgate. When the tailgate is down, air breaks up and becomes turbulent, and can push down over the open tailgate, causing drag. The trucks are built for the best achievable aerodynamics, including designed to drive with the tailgate closed. If you are looking for better fuel economy in your truck, leave the tailgate closed.
5 Myth: Trucks can tow anything
Can trucks tow anything? This is a widespread assumption and a dangerous myth. Each truck, even on different models, has specific and different towing ratings. Just because you own a truck, it doesn’t mean you can tow a horse trailer or RV behind it. Trucks have always been portrayed as going anywhere, pulling any vehicle and this is just not true.
If you tow something that your truck isn’t rated for, you could end up damaging your driveline or even losing control and causing an accident. In general, pickup trucks can’t tow as much as larger trucks can. However, every truck is different and you should check your truck’s towing rating and make sure the correct equipment is also used when towing. The truth is that all trucks can pull something, but not all trucks can pull anything.
4 Myth: Snow and ice are not a problem for a truck
Another scary myth is that driving a pickup truck means snow and ice aren’t a problem. People think they have a truck that can handle all kinds of terrain. You may have seen a truck blown away by you on a snowy/ice highway only to end up in a trench a few miles down the road.
You don’t end up like that person in the ditch. Even if you have four-wheel drive, it does not automatically make driving normally safe in dangerous conditions. All vehicles, whether four-wheel drive or two-wheel drive, must exercise caution in icy and snowy conditions. Pickup trucks can be very dangerous because most of the weight is in the middle and front of the vehicle. This can cause a pop even with all-wheel drive engaged. Trucks may be built with a purpose and the idea that they can drive over anything, but still a sense of caution and sensitivity is needed to stay safe.
3 Myth: Pickups are expensive
Trucks were considered expensive and out of budget for many people. They’re larger than regular cars, so it makes sense that they’ll cost more but don’t have to be that expensive. Sure, some trucks can cost more than $50,000 but there are many new ones that can be purchased for the price of a well-equipped vehicle.
According to Kelly Blue Books 10 Cheapest Trucks for 2021, there are a few trucks that can be bought for under $30,000, including the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger, which both start at about $25,000. This is only the beginning. Ford has a new truck for 2022, the Maverick, that starts at $1995 and is a hybrid, so you’ll be safe on fuel efficiency as well. Just because you’ve heard that trucks are expensive, and some are, do a little research and you can find plenty of trucks that might fit within your budget for a new car.
2 Myth: Bigger is better
Bigger is better is something you hear a lot in the truck world. Everyone wants to get big and build a huge giant truck with big wheels and tires. Sure, she looks great and turns a lot of heads. Maybe this is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, and that’s okay. It may not be the best for everyone.
Building or buying a big truck may seem like the thing to do, but consider the downsides of “bigger is better”. First of all, fuel efficiency goes out the window. Big wheels, tires and a massive raised suspension keep everything off track as far as your fuel mileage. Then you have the cost of all these parts or already added in the price if you are buying them already modified. Going big isn’t cheap. Finally, imagine trying to find a parking space that works for you or even driving into a parking garage. Many large trucks that have been lifted cannot enter parking garages due to clearance. Bigger isn’t always better but if it’s something you want, just consider the downsides first.
1 Myth: Trucks are only for the farm and country
Pickup trucks have been used in the country and on farms for decades. They were a powerful work force that makes life easier by helping out on the farm or delivering produce from small town to small town. Everyone should be grateful for that and there is still a place for trucks on the farm and in the country. However, trucks have evolved into much more than just a farm truck.
Today, you’ll see trucks on suburban driveways, mall parking lots, race tracks, and even soccer practice. The practicality of trucks makes them useful for everyday life. There is room for family and groceries. They can be compact for downtown living or large enough to help your college roommate move. Whatever your reason for buying a truck, it has moved away from thinking of it as just an agricultural truck or just a country vehicle.
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