The Differences Between Cars & Trucks

by Tony Oldhand

A world of differences exist between cars and trucks. The differences are because of their intended use. Cars have certain uses, and trucks have other uses. By knowing the differences, you will have new-found knowledge of why cars are built one way, and trucks built another way.


Cars are made to carry people. They have comfortable seats, heating and air conditioning, and a radio for entertainment. Some specialized cars, called vans, are designed to carry a lot of people. Another type of car--a race car--is designed to go very fast around a track, to race against other cars. Cars are not made to carry things. To carry things, you use a truck.


Trucks are designed to carry things, called cargo, but not people. Cargo can take many forms, such as refrigerated foods and meats, or dry goods like school supplies. A pickup truck is a small truck, and it can carry small things like furniture or a washing machine. Trucks usually have just one or two seats to carry a driver and a passenger. Some specialized trucks are driven by computers and others have three trailers on the back.

Difference in Sizes

Cars and vans are usually small, but trucks vary in size from pickup trucks to very large trucks. The world's largest truck has wheels taller than a man. This truck is used to carry large amounts of dirt and rocks. It is used in mining and heavy landscape applications.

About the Author

Tony Oldhand has been technical writing since 1995. He has worked in the skilled trades and diversified into Human Services in 1998, working with the developmentally disabled. He is also heavily involved in auto restoration and in the do-it-yourself sector of craftsman trades. Oldhand has an associate degree in electronics and has studied management at the State University of New York.

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