Trucks vs. SUVs: Which is Right For Me?

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Should you go with an SUV or pickup truck to handle your daily routine? That depends on a variety of considerations such as your cargo volume, towing, and convenience needs. Fortunately for you, the product specialists at Westlie Ford in Washougal, WA have sifted through tons of research and compared the features of pickup trucks and SUVs to help you better decide which one meets your needs. Read through the information below to learn, and if you have questions give us a call at (877) 299-1138.


Trucks vs. SUVs: Towing & Hauling

Image of a Ford F-150 and a Ford Escape showing off their towing capability 

Pickup trucks are specially built to handle large loads, resulting in a durable and highly capable vehicle. For example, the Ford F-150 tows up to 12,200 lbs., which is 3,000 lbs. more than the Expedition-Ford's most capable SUV. You can also haul several tons of materials in a pickup truck thanks to its high payload ratings. Find a model from the famed F-Series in our truck inventory to provide you with the capability that you need.

Ford Pickup Truck

Max. Tow Rating


12,200 lbs.


18,600 lbs.


32,000 lbs.


32,500 lbs.

Keep in mind that if you require seating for seven or more, an SUV is recommended, which can still tow between 3,500 lbs. and 9,200 lbs. depending on which SUV you decide on. Check out the following table to discover which SUV has the tow ratings your weekend needs.

Ford SUV

Max. Tow Rating


3,500 lbs.


3,500 lbs.


4,500 lbs.


5,000 lbs.


9,200 lbs.


Trucks vs. SUVs: Cargo Space

Two images comparing the cargo capacity of a Ford F-150 and Ford Escape 

If you aren't planning to carry a ton of equipment, an SUV offers more than enough cargo volume for your adventures. Ford's longest pickup bed available can fit 77.7 cu. ft. of materials, but it requires you to strap it down. An SUV not only offers more cargo volume, but additional features make packing up much easier. See why an SUV will meet your cargo needs, and then find the perfect model in the SUV inventory at our Ford dealership in Washougal, WA.

Ford SUV

Max. Cargo Volume


68 cu. ft.


73.4 cu. ft.


83.2 cu. ft.


81.7 cu. ft.


130.8 cu. ft.

Available cargo features:

  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • 60/40 split rear seating
  • 40/20/40 split reclining bench seat w/CenterSlide®
  • 50/50 split PowerFold® third row
  • Cargo hooks and net
  • Small item storage: map pockets, cup holders, overhead console w/sunglasses storage

Trucks vs. SUVs: Interior Design

Image of a Ford F-150 and Ford Escape interior comparison  

Whether you decide on a pickup truck or an SUV, thanks to trim package variations, your cabin can be as high-tech and comfortable as you'd like. Decide whether you would like regular seating materials or premium fabrics such as soft leather-trimmed seating with contrast stitching and suede inserts. Maybe you spend hours at a time in your SUV or pickup and need power adjustable lumbar support to keep you comfy. Whether you need ample entertainment for the family or creature comforts to keep everyone happy, a Ford pickup truck or SUV is available with the following features:

  • 10-way powered front seats with powered lumbar support
  • SYNC® or SYNC® 3 infotainment
  • Heated & ventilated front and rear seats
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • DVD theater system (SUVs only)
  • Woodgrain accents

Ford Truck & SUV Lineup

Image showing a comparison of the exterior design of a Ford F-150 and Ford Escape 

Is an SUV or pickup truck right for you? If you're primarily towing and hauling heavy loads with six passengers or less, an F-Series pickup truck should be your go-to. If you need seating for over six passengers and do occasional towing, consider an SUV from our new inventory. Regardless of which you decide on, take a test drive at our Ford dealership to be sure it's everything you need. Schedule an appointment using our online form or by talking to a team member at Westlie Ford in Washougal, WA at (877) 299-1138.


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