Truck Cab Sizes: Crew Cab vs. Double Cab vs. Extended Cab

November 22nd, 2020 by

When you’re shopping for a new truck, there are countless features and customizations to consider, from power and tire size to towing capacity and gas mileage. One of the most important options is cab size. These days, pickup trucks are offered in a range of unique cab sizes, each with their own advantages and drawbacks. Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone. We’re here to give you the info you need to know when shopping for that pickup truck of your dreams. Read on for a detailed explanation of the major cab size categories.

chevy colorado red 2020 extended cab

Standard or Regular Cab

The crew cab, extended cab, and double cab are all built upon a starting size: the regular cab. Referred to as either the “regular” or “standard” cab, this is the smallest of the pickups. It features two full-size, front-hinging doors. If this is right for your lifestyle, you can purchase the latest Chevrolet Silverado models in the regular cab size.

A regular cab provides seating for two to three people. You won’t try to squeeze any extra passengers, pets, or cargo in there, as these pickups usually have no extra space behind the first row of seats. That means the regular cab is a great choice for single drivers, young couples, and those who use their trucks on job sites. However, regular cabs don’t skimp on the headroom or legroom. If you purchase a standard or regular cab truck, you will likely find it to be plenty roomy and comfortable.

What is an Extended Cab Truck?

Colorado Extended Cab Jet Black:Dark Ash Vinyl interior

2020 Colorado Extended Cab

For a little more room in your truck, consider the extended cab. This style of pickup features extended seating behind the first row, with back seats accessible through small rear doors or by moving the front seats forward. The rear doors usually swing in the opposite direction from the front doors to make it easier for people to get in and out. Behind the front seat, you’ll find a bench seat or jump seats.

The extended cab option slightly supersizes your truck to fit one or two more passengers, but the back seat isn’t necessarily built for long-haul trips. More often, drivers use the second row of seating for storage or pets. If this is what you need, the latest Chevrolet Colorado model can be purchased as an extended cab. Of course, if you truly want to level up your truck, you may want to choose the biggest configuration. The crew cab is the biggest and most spacious version of them all.

What is a Crew Cab Truck?

Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab High Country interior in Jet Black with Umber accents

2021 Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab

Many of today’s drivers have fallen in love with the crew cab size, and with good reason. This truck cab is the largest, offering plenty of room for families or groups of friends. Two full rows of seats accommodate five to six people. Both the Chevy Colorado and Silverado come in crew cab sizes.

With the crew cab, you gain four full-size, front-hinging doors. All passengers can enter the vehicle at the same time, without waiting to push seats forward. Think about what it would feel like to drive an SUV with a truck bed in the back — that’s basically what you get with a crew cab pickup. It’s a comfortable, roomy ride for both the driver and the passengers. If you have a large family or often take long trips in your truck, consider the crew cab. Every driver can appreciate the extra space and easy-open doors, whether you are hauling cargo or traveling with loved ones.

Crew Cab vs Extended Cab

2021 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab vs Extended Cab

Deciding between the crew cab and the extended cab can be a tough call. As you shop for your ideal pickup, you will want to think about how you plan to use the truck. If you often take road trips, haul gear, or transport pets and passengers, the crew cab, with its extra room, might be the best choice. Think of it this way: If the extended cab is an XL option, crew cab is XXL. It offers more room, easy-open doors, and larger windows in the back row.

What is a Double Cab Truck?

Chevrolet 2018 Silverado 2500HD Double Cab

Chevrolet 2018 Silverado 2500HD Double Cab

If you really can’t decide between the crew cab and extended cab, there is another option. The double cab truck is bigger than an extended cab but smaller than a crew cab. Just like the crew cab, double cab trucks offer front-hinging regular doors and two rows of seats. However, the seats and doors are a bit smaller and more reminiscent of the extended cab truck. Chevrolet offers the Silverado pickup in a double cab style.

Crew Cab vs Double Cab

2021 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab vs Double Cab

Even though it isn’t quite as big, there are plenty of reasons to choose a double cab truck over a crew cab. If price is a major factor, the double cab can save you a considerable amount of cash. As a slightly smaller category, they come with a trimmed price tag. A double cab is also shorter, so if you prefer a shorter vehicle for driving and parking, this is a big plus.

Of course, remember that the double cab offers less room, so the second row of passengers in a double cab may not be as comfortable as they would be in a crew cab. As you shop, continue to think about the size of the truck compared to the number of people you want to carry on a regular basis. Double cab trucks can often be equipped to hold five or six people.

Now that you know about all of the categories, you are one step closer to finding that perfect pickup truck at the dealer. With regular, extended, double, and crew cab options, the team at Cochran Chevrolet is sure to find you a truck with that “just right” fit and feeling. Whether you’re hauling gear to a job site or clicking the kids’ seatbelts in the back as you head off to the big game, the right pickup will be the perfect match for your job, your family, and, well, your life. So come down to Cochran Chevrolet to get a feel for the cab sizes in-person. We can’t wait to meet you.

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