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

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Are you searching for a new vehicle to take your business to greater heights? Do you need more space for your growing family? Are you an adventure enthusiast looking for a vehicle with as much off-road prowess as you? To assist you in finding the perfect vehicle for your automotive needs, the experts at Midstate Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram in Barre, VT have put together this detailed overview of trucks vs. SUVs vs. minivans. Continue reading to find the model best for your lifestyle!

If you have any questions before continuing, please reach out to the Midstate team by calling (802) 505-6331.

Best Vehicles for Families

best wagon for families

Is your current vehicle getting cramped? Could you use more cargo space for all of your family's gear? If you need a spacious and practical vehicle that provides plenty of comfort and convenience features, we have four exceptional models you'll want to check out. 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 truck for business

Do you need a powerhouse to help elevate your business? Look no further than the lineup of Ram pickup trucks. While every Ram truck will deliver unmatched power and capability, there are important differences between the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. Check out the engine and performance specs of each Ram truck 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 suv for offroading

For tried and true weekend warriors, there's only one lineup of off-road-ready vehicles worth considering: Jeep's. With five exceptionally capable SUVs, finding the spirited drive and robust performance you're looking for to help you tackle any adventure is easy. 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've learned about all of our highly capable and versatile vehicles, it's time to learn more about the particular model ideal for you in our model research hub. Then you can schedule a test drive at our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram dealership in Barre, VT to get behind the wheel. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Midstate team using our contact form or by calling (802) 505-6331.

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