A pickup truck is a light motor vehicle with an open-top rear cargo area (bed). A sport utility vehicle (SUV) is a generic marketing term for a vehicle similar to a station wagon, but built on a light-truck chassis. When you are going to make a decision between pickup and SUV, questions come. With Truck Toppers, pickup is similar to a SUV. But is it exactly right? Which is better for you?
The first SUV is developed on Off-road vehicle. After the world war II, as the off-road vehicles can not provide a comfortable driving experience on the improved high-way, Jeep decided to develop a new vehicle to provide better driving and turning performance based on their old platform. They started the first SUV. This SUV uses the new chassis platform which can provide better driving performance but also support to drive off road. Since the road getting better, the following SUV adopted new chassis to provider better driving feeling but give up the capacity for driving off road. So SUV is just a car with off-road vehilce’s appearance but with no off road driving capacity.
The pickup truck is another story. It is capable of driving on and off paved or gravel surface. The automotive suspension for pickup is designed to adapt most road surface. It can let you transport some cargos.
You can now make you decision based on the differences of the vehicle history and its focus. If you care about driving performance, the SUV is exactly your best choice. But if you don’t care about it, pickup maybe a good choice as it let you driving on more complex road surface and can carry more cargo.