Trucks vs. SUVs vs. Minivans | Which Vehicle Type is Right for You?

trucks vs suvs vs minivans

Are you looking to purchase a new vehicle to elevate your business? Does your growing family need more room? Are you a weekend warrior looking for an off-road ready SUV? To help you find a vehicle perfect for your automotive needs, the product specialists at Lucas-Smith Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram in Festus, MO have compiled this comprehensive overview of trucks vs. SUVs vs. minivans. Read on to find the model best for your lifestyle!

If you have any questions before you continue, please give the Lucas-Smith team a call at (636) 524-4702.

Best Vehicles for Families

best vehicle for families

Is your current car busting at the seams? Could you use more storage for all of your family's gear? If you're in need of a comfortable and practical vehicle that offers plenty of space and convenience features, we have four fantastic models that fit the bill. Explore specs of these two SUVs and two minivans perfect for families below.

Vehicle

Chrysler Pacifica

Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Durango

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Seating

7

7

5

5

Max Cargo Capacity

140.5 cu. ft.

143.8 cu. ft.

84.5 cu. ft.

68.3 cu. ft.

Passenger Volume

165 cu. ft.

163.5 cu. ft.

133.9 cu. ft.

105.4 cu. ft.

Fuel Economy (city/hwy)

18/28

17/25

19/26

19/26

Drivetrain

Front-wheel drive

Front-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive; All-wheel drive (optional)

Rear-wheel drive; 4x4 (optional)

Best Vehicles for Business

best vehicle for business

Do you need a true workhorse to take your business to the next level? Look no further than the lineup of Ram pickup trucks. While all Ram trucks are designed to deliver unparalleled power and capability, there are important differences between the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. Check out the engine and performance specs of each Ram model below.

Pickup Truck

2018 Ram 1500

2018 Ram 2500

2018 Ram 3500

Engine

3.6L Pentastar® V6 24-Valve VVT

5.7L V8 HEMI® VVT

5.7L V8 HEMI® VVT

Horsepower

305 HP

383 HP

383 HP

Torque

269 lb.-ft.

400 lb.-ft.

400 lb.-ft.

Drivetrain

4x2 or 4x4

4x2 or 4x4

4x2 or 4x4

Max. Towing Capacity*

9,160 lbs.

13,890 lbs.

13,910 lbs.

Max. Payload Capacity*

1,500 lbs.

3,060 lbs.

4,080 lbs.

*When properly equipped

Best Vehicles for Off-Roading

best vehicle for offroading

For adventure seekers everywhere, there's no better lineup of off-road-ready vehicles than Jeep's. With five supremely capable SUVs, you're sure to find a spirited drive to help you conquer any excursion. Explore performance and capability specs of each model in the table below.

SUV

Wrangler JK

Compass

Cherokee

Grand Cherokee

Renegade

Engine

3.6L V6

2.4L I4

2.4L I4

3.6L V6

1.4L I4

Horsepower

285 HP

180 HP

184 HP

295 HP

160 HP

Torque

260 lb.-ft.

175 lb.-ft.

171 lb.-ft.

260 lb.-ft.

184 lb.-ft.

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Drivetrain system

Command-Trac® Shift-on-the-Fly Part-Time 4WD

FWD or Jeep® Active Drive Low 4WD

FWD or Jeep® Active Drive I 4WD

4x2 or Quadra-Trac I® 4WD

FWD or Jeep® Active Drive 4WD

Final Drive Ratio

3.21

3.73 (FWD)

3.833 (4x4)

3.734

3.27

4.438

Towing Capacity

2,000 lbs.

2,000 lbs. (4x4 only)

2,000 lbs. (FWD)

4,500 lbs. (4x4)

3,500 lbs.

2,000 lbs. (4x4 only)

Turning Diameter

40.8-ft.

36.3-ft.

37.6-ft.

37.1-ft.

36.3-ft.

Running Ground Clearance

8.2-in.

7.8-in. (FWD)

8.2-in. (4x4)

5.7-in. (FWD)

8.7-in. (4x4)

8.6-in.

6.7-in. (FWD)

8-in. (4x4)

Choose Your Model

Now that you know about all of our highly versatile and capable vehicles, it's time to learn more about the specific model perfect for you in our model research hub. Then you can schedule a test drive at our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealership in Festus, MO to experience your favorite firsthand. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Lucas-Smith team through our contact form or by calling (636) 524-4702.

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