If you're seeking the right heavy-duty truck configuration for your business, chassis cabs and cutaways are likely on your radar. These powerful truck types provide unique body setups built specifically for commercial applications.

For help connecting with the best equipment option for your business, work truck seekers in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville areas can check out the following chassis cab vs. cutaway comparison brought to you by Richmond Commercial Trucks.

What's the main difference between chassis cabs and cutaways? Let's find out. 


Chassis Cabs vs Cutaways: Basics

Chassis cabs are heavy-duty pickups without a truck bed. They consist of a front cab and a trailing chassis that can be affixed to different body setups like a dump truck, service body, or crane upfit.

The cabin in a chassis cab is as versatile as a regular pickup, offering the capacity for another seating row, in addition to the driver and front seat passenger. Additionally, a chassis cab tends to offer a longer maximum body length than a cutaway.

A cutaway truck is essentially a heavy-duty truck or van cab, and that's it. Cutaway cabins stop directly behind the driver's seat and aren't complete until another manufacturer adds a box to close the truck. This provides access to the cargo area directly from the driver's or passenger's seat through a partition. If accessibility to the cargo box is important to you, there's a definite advantage to the cutaway truck style.

On the flip side, cutaway cabin configurations are limited to two passengers, so if you'll need room for more workers, a chassis cab might be a better option. 

Equipment Offerings and Performance

Although both chassis cabs and cutaways have several capable gas and diesel engines available, generally, cutaways tend to offer more of a selection when it comes to alternative fuel sources.

If you compare Ford's Super Duty Chassis Cab and its E-Series Cutaway, they each offer alternative fuel capability with natural gas or propane. But in the industry overall, cutaways tend to have the variety advantage, and some already offer hybrid powertrain capability.

In terms of maneuverability, a chassis cab's tighter turning radius gives it an edge in urban driving. But for highway driving and longer hauls, a cutaway is often preferred for its smoother ride. 

Chassis Cabs vs Cutaways: Takeaway

If you plan on traveling with more than two workers, making deliveries in the city, or exceeding a maximum body length of 17 feet, a chassis cab is your best bet. But, if you only need room for a driver and passenger, will be driving longer distances (say cross country), and prefer access to the box, cutaways make a good fit.

Commercial truck seekers in the Richmond, Ashland, and Mechanicsville areas can find a variety of Ford chassis cab and cutaway trucks at their premiere local commercial Ford center, Richmond Commercial Trucks.

Browse our online inventory ahead of time or come straight out to pick the brains of our Ford commercial truck specialists. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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