QOTD: Pick a Perfect Pickup, 2018 "Extra Truck" Edition
It seems we stood and talked like this, before. We looked at each other in the same way then. But I can’t remember where or when… no wait, I remember it perfectly well. It was eight months ago when I asked you to help me pick a perfect pickup. I ended up with a 2017 Silverado LTZ Crew Cab 6.5′ bed with Max Tow package and the 6.2-liter engine. Not all of you approved.
The Silvy ain’t going nowhere, but there might be space in the driveway for a second truck starting in the spring. Just like last time, I’m going to set some loosely-defined rules — but this time the rules will be very different.
The previous set of requirements were detailed, specific, and difficult to fulfill on a budget. This time I’m going to lower my expectations, and my budget, a little bit.
The purposes and tasks assigned to Truck Number Two will be, in order of descending importance:
* Carry no more than four cyclists and their BMX/mountain bikes to events both competitive and non-competitive. A SuperCab/ClubCab/KingCab is fine.
* Occasionally haul equipment used by my race team and its ever-expanding number of cars. So a 6.5′ bed is a minimum.
* Carry motorcycles from time to time.
* Serve as backup hauler and short-distance tow rig on race weekends, so it should be able to pull 6,000 pounds in fair-weather, no-drama conditions.
* Transaction price after rebates and incentives but before tax and title of $34,999 or less.
Note that I didn’t specify full-sized or compact pickup here. I also didn’t specify mandatory 4WD, so let’s consider the pros and cons. The two candidates that come immediately to mind are:
* 2019 RAM low-spec quad cab with Pentastar.
* 2018 F-150 XLT SuperCab with 2.7-liter Ecoboost.
Are those the best ideas? Should I try the new Ranger? Or should I get another crew cab just for resale purposes?
Oh, one last thing. All suggestions for used trucks will be ignored, unless the suggestion is to purchase a “Prospector Edition” Dodge Ramcharger.
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