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Best Trucks By Cab Size [Ranked for 2021]

Best Trucks by Cab Size

Best Trucks by Cab Size

Pickup trucks come in all shapes and sizes. Decoding the lingo of truck configurations is no small task, but we can help.

In this overview, we will break down the best trucks according to three common cab styles: single, double, and crew

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Best Trucks By Cab Size

Model | CabSeating
Front and Rear
Rear Seat LegroomRear Seat Headroom2021 J.D. Power IQS Score
(lower is better)
Ford F-150 | Single
3
N/A
N/A
162
GMC Sierra 1500 | Double
3+3
39.9 in
35.2 in
164
Toyota Tacoma | Double
2+3
38.3 in
32.6 in
157
Ram 1500 | Crew
3+3
45.2 in
39.8 in
128 (Best In Industry)
Nissan Frontier | Crew
2+3
38.6 in
33.2 in
146 (Best Among Midsize Trucks)

Best Single Cab Truck

Single Cab: Trucks with just two doors. Ford calls it the Regular Cab.

Ford F-150 Regular [Single] Cab

Ford F-150 Best Trucks by SizeOur choice for the best single cab pickup is the Ford F-150 Regular cab. This two-door truck seats three across its front bench seat.

We feel that Ford has defined itself as the defacto work truck, and two-door trucks are all about work since family buyers will always opt for a four-door truck.

Ford takes the Regular cab seriously, offering four engine choices, and either rear or four-wheel-drive. Those seeking a work truck with just two doors will find Ford has what they are looking for.

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Best Double Cab Truck

Double Cab: Trucks smaller than crew cabs that have two full-size doors and then two rear "doors", but may not be complete doors or full-size doors.

GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab

GMC Sierra Best Trucks by Cab SizePartly by attrition, we have chosen the GMC Sierra 1500 Double cab as the king of this smaller hill.

Our opinion is that a buyer looking at double cabs is interested in a truck with reduced dimensions. Otherwise, why not opt for a crew cab?

The GM line offers this size choice, and GMC is the premium line of GM’s two truck brands.

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Toyota Tacoma Best Trucks by Cab SizeThose seeking a double cab midsize pickup should consider the legendary Toyota Tacoma.

Toyota’s five-passenger double cab is the larger of its two-cabin styles. The four-passenger access cab is smaller. The Tacoma is respected for its durability, reliability, and great resale value. It is also the top-selling midsize truck by a country mile.

For those not worried much about interior space, it is good to keep in mind that Toyota’s Tacoma double cab is nearly the same size as Nissan’s Frontier crew cab inside.

See all our picks for the best double cab trucks »


Best Crew Cab Truck

Crew Cab: Trucks that have two full doors on each side. A.k.a. “Four-door trucks". Among brands that offer both double and crew cab options, the crew cab is the bigger of the two.

RAM 1500 Crew Cab

RAM 1500 Best Trucks by Cab SizeThe Ram 1500 full-size line of trucks offers two crew cab truck styles. The first is called crew cab, and Ram also offers a slightly more compact version called the quad cab. Either is a fine choice. Ram offers the best infotainment system in trucks and has a reputation for offering the most comfortable ride of all full-size trucks.

Couple that with a huge array of extreme special editions such as the 702 hp TRX, and the Ram line is hard to ignore. Ram is also on the rise in terms of quality, as its top-place ranking in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study proves.

Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

Nissan Frontier Best Trucks by Cab SizeIn the midsize truck market, there are now many great options from which to choose. The all-new Nissan Frontier impressed us in real-world driving with its combination of refinement and old-school body on frame chassis.

The Frontier isn’t always the specification page champion in this segment, and it's Pro 4X is not the most extreme off-roader, but it sure does offer a great balance of pretty much everything a truck buyer in the midsize segment could ask for.

And one of those things is a crew cab that is a bit more spacious than Toyota’s Tacoma double cab.

See all our picks for the best crew cab trucks »

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a double cab truck and a crew cab?

Size. Generally, the crew cab is the largest of the given cabin offerings in a truck line. It can fit “the entire crew” of six.

Where do the Toyota Access Cab and Nissan King Cab fit into the mix?

Toyota’s Tacoma access cab and Nissan’s Frontier king cab are smaller versions of the midsize trucks offered. The access cab and king cab both seat four passengers rather than five.

What is the difference between the Ram Crew and Quad Cabs?

Ram offers two trucks with similar interior dimensions. The crew cab is the larger of the options.

Do truck makers still offer two-door trucks?

Yes, they do. For example, Ford’s Single Cab F-150 seats three and is a full line product with many trim choices.