Crew Cab Vs. Double Cabby James Hamel
The pickup truck was once predominantly purchased by construction contractors and those who needed a vehicle for heavy use as a utilitarian carry-all. In the modern automotive marketplace the pickup truck is now often times used as a commuter and family car and, as such, has sprouted more room in the passenger cab. This is why the crew cab and double cab body styles have grown in popularity.
The Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 is not only the best selling pickup truck of all time, it is also the best selling vehicle of all time in the United States. That means there are more Ford F-150s roaming the streets of America than any vehicle ever produced.
Also known as the extended cab, this body style was initially popularized by Toyota's compact pickup trucks. This body style first allowed extra space behind the front seats then added a pair of occasional rear seats for passengers. Eventually, this body style also spawned smaller "suicide doors" that hinge forward to aid entry into the rear passenger compartment.
Simply put, the crew cab body style has four full doors and far more interior room than a double cab. This body style features car-like interior room.
Modern Pickup Truck Features
The modern day full-size pickup truck market is dominated by the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, Chevy Silverado and Toyota Tundra. These full-size pickup trucks offer modern-day conveniences like leather, navigation, high end audio and highly stylized interiors.
All modern pickup trucks offer crew cab and double cab options, and picking between the two depends on if what sort of cargo you carry more often. If you are hauling people around, most often the crew cab is for you, thanks to its larger passenger area; if you are hauling "stuff" then a double cab will suit you best, as these models can be ordered in larger pickup bed sizes.
Jame Hamel, a native of Northern California, has written for Automotive.com, Autobytel.com, Myride.com, Associated Content, Bestcovery and Helium. Hamel attended the University of Southern California, and is fluent in Spanish.