Ford's work truck inventory offers comprehensive solutions, but if you're new to the realm of commercial vehicle buying, determining what type of truck you need for your intended application can be a challenging exercise.

Two truck models that are similar, yet commonly misinterpreted are chassis cabs and pickups. If you're a small business owner and neighbor in the Richmond, Ashland, or Mechanicsville area who's considering either model, this chassis cab vs. pickup comparison will help you understand what each of these truck types can bring to your business. 


Pickups Are Daily Drivers or Workhorses

The largest difference between chassis cabs and pickup trucks comes down to their physical builds.

A pickup is your standard truck body that's well known in both commercial and mainstream markets. Featuring a front cab attached to a boxed pickup bed, pickups provide smooth driving manners and capable performance for light- to heavy-duty applications. 

Chassis Cabs Are Specialty Commercial Setups

A chassis cab takes and replicates the pickup concept at the front of the vehicle. But instead of having a boxed bed, chassis cabs feature a reinforced platform that can be outfitted to wear a variety of body configurations based on a specific commercial need.

For example, a chassis cab with a dump truck body is ideal for landscaping or construction applications where you'll be transporting gravel or soil to a jobsite. There are several additional styles available; service bodies and concrete/stake bodies are two others that are popular for commercial use.

Performance and Technology

Both offering advanced gas and turbo diesel engines, Ford's heavy-duty pickup line (known as Ford Super Duty) and its chassis cabs share a similar engine portfolio. Because of this, much of their haul and tow maximums closely compete.

In general, chassis cabs will offer more in the way of commercial-focused features, like systems that make hooking up aftermarket equipment easier, while pickups are likely to provide amenities that are more geared toward comfort and convenience.

[Get more information on Ford Chassis Cabs in our commercial vehicle reviews.] 

Explore Chassis Cabs and Pickups at Richmond Commercial Trucks

While both models offer great versatility, the easiest way to choose between chassis cabs and pickups is to think about what you're looking to haul and which body style might better serve your end goal.

At Richmond Commercial Trucks, our Ford product specialists work hard to help our neighboring business owners in Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville determine their needs and find the right solutions in truck form that'll help accelerate their businesses' daily operations.

We hope this rundown of chassis cabs vs. pickups helped you get a better feel for which truck type is the right fit for your needs. If it did, go ahead and check out our online inventory of commercial Ford vehicles, which includes a variety of chassis cab and pickup models.

Our highly trained commercial sales staff is an incredible resource. If you still feel stuck, we encourage you to visit our work truck home base to speak to the Richmond Commercial Trucks team and check out these models in person!

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