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5 Great Work Trucks That Aren't Pickups

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When most people think of work trucks, they think of pickup trucks. However, pickup trucks have several major disadvantages for construction and other work duties. Their open beds aren't secure, which means you can't load them up with tools and leave them in public -- and the most full-size pickups only have a bed size of 6.5 feet, while most lumber is sold in lengths of greater than 8 feet. They can also be a pain to drive and park in crowded cities or towns, making urban work a more difficult proposition.

If you'd rather not deal with these issues, check out this list of five work trucks that aren't pickups.

Chevy Suburban

2000-2014 Chevy Suburban/GMC Yukon XL

While new models are a bit softer than their predecessors, an older Suburban or Yukon XL makes a great work truck. The rear seats fold flat and the rear bench is removable, making an excellent flat load surface -- and their secure, cavernous interior can swallow extra long boards or an entire collection of tools without issue. If you need to carry large outsized items or bulk material, they make excellent tow vehicles that rival full-size pickups. Here's a 2004 Suburban with just 69,000 miles for $8,950. Find a Chevy Suburban for sale or Find a GMC Yukon XL for sale

Dodge Durango

2011-2019 Dodge Durango

If you're looking for a newer SUV that can handle work truck duties, it would be hard to go wrong with a current generation Dodge Durango. The Durango may not be as long as a Suburban, but it can be equipped with a flat-folding front passenger seat to allow the loading of longer materials -- and the Durango's towing capacity can outmatch both the current body-on-frame Suburban and Ford Expedition. New base trim level models can be had for insanely low prices. Find a Dodge Durango for sale

Honda Odyssey

2005-2010 Honda Odyssey

Minivans are a favorite work vehicle for many professions from painters to drywall hangers. They may not be as long, but their flat floor, tall ceilings, sliding doors and low load height make it easy to load and store a large amount of bulky materials inside. Minivans are also generally more fuel efficient than pickups, and they're far more adept at driving and parking in congested cities than full-size trucks. A used Honda Odyssey makes a great choice for these duties, like this one with 44,000 miles for $12,988. Find a Honda Odyssey for sale

Ford Escape

2013-2019 Ford Escape

Believe it or not, when Ford discontinued the Ranger light pickup in 2012, many companies switched to the Ford Escape as their primary fleet work vehicle. The reasons are pretty clear: They didn't need the bed of a pick up for most duties, the Escape gets far better mileage than a truck, and the Escape has one of the largest cargo areas of any small SUV. Current models offer a full 34 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seat, a capacity that doubles with the seats folded. Like the Durango, you can find a recent Escape at a pretty heavily discounted price, like this one for just $14,695. Find a Ford Escape for sale

Ford Transit Connect

2013-2019 Ford Transit Connect

If you're looking for a dedicated work vehicle for a business that won't ever be used for carrying passengers, a commercial van like the Ford Transit is a great choice. They are secure, fuel efficient, and their featureless sides are perfect for advertising your business as you drive around. The Transit Connect is offered in two wheelbase lengths and with two door options, and you can upfit your van through a Ford Commercial Dealer to meet a variety of needs. New Transit Connects are actually pretty affordable, like this basic one for just $15,720. Find a Ford Transit Connect for sale

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