Is It Called a Pickup or a Truck?

The debate between whether something is a pickup or a truck continues to rage. In many cases, a pickup and a truck are the same vehicle, but there are differences that can be pointed out. It can be confusing for those who don’t know about vehicles, so let’s talk about what exactly is the difference between a pickup and a truck.

A pickup is typically defined as a vehicle with an open bed in the back that has no cover or covering. This bed can be used to haul items or equipment that may not fit in the cab of the car. Pickups also typically have four wheels and are able to carry heavier loads than most other vehicles.

A truck, on the other hand, is usually defined as a vehicle with an enclosed bed in the back that has some sort of covering. This type of vehicle is generally larger than pickups and can handle heavier loads. Trucks may also have more powerful engines than pickups, allowing them to pull heavier loads.

So what’s the difference? Basically, it comes down to size and purpose.

Pickups are usually smaller and intended for lighter duty work such as hauling tools or lawn care equipment. Trucks are larger and designed for heavier-duty tasks such as hauling large items like furniture or construction materials.

It’s also important to note that some vehicles may fall into both categories depending on their size and capabilities. For example, midsize trucks like Toyota Tacoma or Honda Ridgeline could be considered both pickups and trucks depending on how they’re being used.


At the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference when it comes to whether something should be called a pickup or a truck. Ultimately though, there are some key differences between these two types of vehicles that should help you decide which one best suits your needs.

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Karen Watkins