What’s the Back of a Pickup Truck Called?

The back of a pickup truck is an area that is often overlooked, but it holds an important place in the structure and design of the vehicle. It’s commonly referred to as the bed, and is an area where items can be placed and stored while the truck is in motion.

The bed of a pickup truck usually consists of two components: the tailgate and the box. The tailgate is a panel at the back of the truck that can be opened or closed and serves as a barrier between the cab and bed. The box refers to the open space inside the bed itself, where items can be stored.

The size of a pickup truck’s bed depends on the make and model. Generally speaking, beds come in three different sizes: full-size, mid-size, and compact.

Full-size beds are typically 8 feet long, while mid-size beds are around 6 feet long and compact beds are about 5 feet long.

The materials used for pickup truck beds vary as well. Steel is one of most common materials used to construct them, but some manufacturers also use aluminum or fiberglass. Steel is more durable than other materials, but it also weighs more which can affect fuel efficiency.


In summary, the back of a pickup truck is known as its ‘bed’ which consists of two components – the tailgate and box – with varying sizes based on make/model of vehicle. Furthermore, steel is usually used to construct these beds because it’s more durable than other materials available.

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Karen Watkins