Trucks have their purpose; they are generally utilitarian vehicles offering a truck bed. They can also be used for towing but for many a large size family SUV serve the purpose of a pickup truck.
So what SUVs are most like a pickup truck? SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe, and Ford Expedition are most like a truck, and to a lesser extent the Dodge Durango SRT. These SUVs have quite a few similarities to pickups, but of course stand apart in passenger room (and a little bit of fun)
1. 2021 Chevy Tahoe
The Chevy Tahoe is a very popular SUV having several capabilities much similar to a pickup truck. Apart from serving your family for a trip on the weekend, it is also a great towing machine.
It is equipped with the latest 5.3-liter V8 engine offering you ample force on request. What is amazing about this SUV is that it can tow above 8,500 pounds even on AWD. The Chevy Tahoe is the SUV that you should opt for if planning a vehicle that has capabilities like a truck.
Apart from power, the Chevy Tahoe is a beast when it comes to cargo space. It is estimated that when the seats are folded this SUV offers around 122.9 cubic feet of cargo space that is insane for any SUV. The Tahoe from Chevrolet comes with immense features even in the base model making it a favorite family SUV.
Please Note: It should also be mentioned that while I am specifically talking about the Chevy Tahoe here, the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Chevrolet Suburban are all based on this same platform and can apply here as well.
2. 2021 Toyota Sequoia
The SUV from Toyota is one of the best SUVs that offer plenty of truck like features. It offers a pickup truck experience with its fabulous towing capacity. The SUV can tow up to 7,400 pounds which makes it very helpful when you need an SUV for transporting freight or carrying your boat and gear along.
The SUV also offers a generous cargo space around 120.1 cubic feet when the seats are folded flat making it almost as good as the Chevy Tahoe in terms of cargo space. Some amazing features offered by this SUV are:
- A 6-speed automatic transmission system allowing smooth pace and a comfortable drive
- The SUV comes loaded with several safety features ensuring safe driving even if you are facing situations where there isn’t sufficient visibility
The SUV from Toyota is among the most preferred SUV for those looking to buy a truck like SUV with an SUV price tag. The SUV offers many features in its base model making it much worth your money.
Please Note: If you like Toyota’s and still want the truck characteristics (but don’t want this size), the Toyota Land Cruiser, 4Runner, and the larger Lexus SUVs are built similarly to this one.
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3. 2021 Ford Expedition
Ford, as we all know, is the king of pickup trucks but the Ford Expedition is nothing much less when compared to one of Ford’s own pickup trucks. The Ford Expedition tops the list when it comes to large SUVs offering ample space for your entire family.
The towing capacity of the Ford Expedition shows what it is capable of offering a towing capability of up to 9,200 pounds with AWD and 9,300 pounds without AWD. Even when you have cargo loaded onto this beats it is capable of towing 9,000 pounds, which is remarkable.
When it comes to cargo space, the Ford Expedition has ample space on offer. When the rear seat is down the Ford Expedition offers 104.6 cubic feet of space and can max the cargo space up to 121.7 cubic feet with passenger seats folded. If you are looking for an SUV that has capabilities much similar to a pickup truck then the Ford Expedition is the one you should opt for. Apart from power, it has every amenity that you can ask from a luxurious car. The SUV has immense towing capacity and can be used to trek and off-roading with no hesitation.
Please Note: If you like the Expedition, but want something a bit nicer, the Lincoln Navigator is essentially a much nicer version of the Expedition and is still on the same platform.
4. 2021 Dodge Durango SRT
Okay, so this one is actually a unibody vehicle, and not build like a truck. However it is a vehicle that should be mentioned, as it has the high power output that you would expect from a pickup in a fun to drive platform.
The Dodge Durante is an SUV that you would love to own. Equipped with the latest features this SUV is a beast boasting of features almost equal to a truck. This beast is a perfect alternative to a muscular pickup truck. It offers you ample space for you and your family to sit and still have enough space for luggage. It is capable of towing 8,700 pounds that is a lot in asking from a family-size SUV. This SUV is a complete-featured loaded vehicle offering every amenity you would want from a luxurious car.
This vehicle is equipped with a powerful 6.4 V8 engine and can offer speeds equal to a sports car. The car offers around 85.1 cubic feet when all of its seats are folded down. However, this SUV is more on the expensive side it offers a host of features and power similar to a pickup truck justifying the price point.
The car comes with a fully folding passenger seat that offers ample space capabilities much similar to a pickup truck. However, the space in the pickup truck’s bed is much more compared to what Dodge Durante has to offer but it gives a tough competition in terms of power and usability much similar to a pickup truck.
Frequently Asked Questions
You hear plenty of people calling an SUV a “Truck” however in my opinion they really aren’t a truck at all. Trucks have pickup beds on them, meanwhile SUVs have passenger areas in the rear. That said if you were to call an SUV a truck, it would be exclusive to SUVs built on a ladder frame, rather than Unibody.
Choosing between an SUV or a Pickup truck really is up to personal choice. If you are comparing something like a Tahoe to a Silverado you will have all the same great towing capacities and such, however you will have to decide between extra passenger areas, or having a bed that you can carry dirt or more commonly a single McDonalds wrapper around in.
If you are looking for a spirited driving SUV, you will need to move away from the truck based trucks we talked about here. Instead you should look for vehicles like the Lamborghini Urus, or for a lower cost the Porsche Macan and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.
Though the towing capacity of pickup trucks is much more when compared to the SUVs mentioned above, it still offers several other features that match a pickup truck. The entire car mentioned above is perfect alternatives for a pickup truck.
If you are looking for something that is powerful and at the same time can offer ample seating and cargo space equipped with the latest features then long SUVs are the best options. Mentioned above are three top SUVs that are most like a truck.