If you are looking to buy a pickup truck, you have a lot of options available to you. Just about every major manufacturer makes at least one model, and some manufacturers, such as Chevy, have two or three different trucks to choose from. Among all of those options, however, Chevy trucks continue to lead the industry with powerful, rugged designs that can work hard all week long and still help you have fun on the weekend. Whether you are looking for a midsize option designed for getting out and enjoying yourself or a heavy-duty model that can handle massive amounts of cargo, Chevy has you covered.
Here at Crossroads Chevrolet Buick GMC, we are proud to offer the complete Chevy lineup, including a wide range of sporty and powerful Chevy trucks. If you know just what you are looking for, then we can make sure you find it and drive away in the truck with everything you need. Or, if you have a lot of questions, then we can answer them and help you find the right pickup that will work best for your needs. Come visit us at Crossroads Chevrolet Buick GMC today to discover more and find a truck that you will enjoy for many years to come.
America’s love affair with trucks has been going strong for at least 100 years, though you could certainly connect it to earlier vehicles, including those drawn by horses. Most people consider the first factory-built truck to be the 1925 Ford Model T Roadster, which was available with a Pickup Body (this is where some say the term “pickup” actually comes from). Henry Ford had noticed that many farmers and people in trades used his Model T vehicles modified with a cargo box or bed to get their work done – so he simply made it a factory option.
There is some dispute to this, however, and some would argue that the first American pickup was actually a Chevy truck. The Chevy Model 490 was available in 1918 and could be made into a truck quite easily. The one caveat here, and the reason most people point to the Model T Roadster as the first “factory-built truck” is that the Model 490 was sold as only a frame – customers had to buy the cab, bed, and body separately in order to have a complete vehicle. So while this truck predates the Ford offering by a good seven years, it was not fully factory-built.
Following World War II, trucks continued to grow in popularity as soldiers returned home and wanted a vehicle like the ones they drove during the war. This is where vehicles like the 1946 Dodge Power Wagon come into play, which was basically a military truck with a civilian body. This is also when four-wheel-drive models rose in popularity with the general public, and they have remained so, both for work and play, ever since.
Chevy trucks took the American love affair with pickups a step further in 1955 with the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier, which capitalized on the growing use of trucks as family and passenger vehicles, not only for farm and trade use. The Cameo Carrier had a sleek exterior design clearly inspired by popular cars, with two-tone paint and chrome details that really made it stand out. Interior amenities like dual sun visors and armrests further cemented the fact that this was a luxurious pickup, not merely a workhorse.
By the 1960s, three-door and four-door crew cab models became increasingly popular, providing professionals with a way to transport a team or “crew” of workers together to a job site. Of course, the larger interior was also popular with families, and luxury features became increasingly common in these models. The oil crisis of the 1970s had a tremendous impact on the auto industry, and it was a major factor in diesel engines becoming increasingly common in trucks. The 5.7L V8 diesel engine found in Chevy trucks starting in 1978 was a precursor to the powerful and fuel-efficient diesel options still available today.
Since the early 1980s, the Ford F-Series of trucks has been the best selling vehicle in America, which clearly indicates just how far pickups have risen in popularity here in the US. While those numbers are impressive, we stand by Chevy trucks as the best on the market, with the perfect combination of luxury features, advanced technology, and incredible power. But you do not have to take our word for it – come visit us and see these remarkable pickups for yourself.
With the Ford F-Series being so popular, you might wonder why we love Chevy trucks so much – beyond the fact that we sell them. The answer to that is relatively simple: the options that Chevrolet provides are the best around. For starters, there are numerous models available, so no matter what you are looking for, Chevy has you covered. If you want a sporty midsize model to do some light work, then the Chevy Colorado is the one for you. Need a full-size option? Then go with the Silverado, which is available in light-duty and heavy-duty configurations.
Of course, the options go well beyond the basic models. Every Chevy truck has numerous trims and other features for you to choose from. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons we love Chevy trucks is the incredible selection of engines they have available. You have multiple, powerful engines available in the Silverado and Colorado, which lets you get exactly the level of power and performance that you need. And in the heavy-duty models, the engines can handle a tremendous amount of work.
Yet Chevy trucks are not only for the work. These models include fantastic features for enjoying the weekend, whether you are looking to tow a camper or load up with supplies for a tailgate party. No matter what you need, there is a Chevy pickup that will help you enjoy your favorite hobbies. With some of the finest off-road features available for any pickup, Chevy trucks can even let you leave the city behind and tackle the trail in ways that most other models could never dream of.