For any country girl, having the right type of car to drive is quite important. After all, we’re talking about someone who is never afraid to do anything. Whether it’s fishing, hunting, trapping or even mudding, a country girl is always ready to go, and she wants to make sure that her car is always ready for any type of action too. Because of that, she typically prefers to drive a pickup truck.
Perhaps, country girls are the reason why the landscape of pickup truck buyers has changed significantly throughout the years. Back in 1996, The Seattle Times reported that the number of women driving pickup trucks has been steadily climbing. Meanwhile, this year, the new car buyer demographics from Hedges & Company revealed that females now account for 14% of new truck buyers.
And in case you’re wondering, there are a number of reasons why a country girl would prefer to drive a pickup truck. Here are some we’ve learned.
20 Pickup trucks have room for anything and everything
As Crystal Rapinchuk has explained to A Girls Guide to Cars, “I LOVE trucks! It was my first vehicle that I learned to drive in and I’ve been begging my husband to buy one – especially since we’re looking for a new vehicle! I love that you can throw all sorts of stuff in the back.”
19 Pickup trucks improve their day
It does seem that something about a pickup truck can simply make a country girl (or any other girl) smile. As Mueller further explained, “Kristin and I drive trucks every chance we get! Whether it’s checking out the best trucks at the Texas Truck Rodeo, or a week-long loaner we’re reviewing, trucks make the day better!”
18 Pickup trucks allow you to sit higher
As Tammy Trayer explained on A Girls Guide to Cars, “Once you own a truck it is hard to go back to ANYTHING else… When you sit in a car you feel like you are sitting on the macadam, you are WAY to low to the ground. Sitting higher gives you the advantage of sight and safety in my opinion.”
17 Pickup trucks make you feel like anything is possible
With a pickup truck, it’s easy to feel like anything is possible. You can go off-roading whenever you feel like it. And if you encounter some water, there’s a good chance that your truck could just pass right through. And as you might know, a country girl certainly appreciates this versatility. After all, they do take their outdoor adventures seriously.
16 Pickup trucks can make you feel stronger
In a statement made by Kimberly Shults to A Girls Guide to Cars, she explained, “I love how the 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn features luxury and intricate details, but also serious power under the hood and chassis. I have to admit, I feel stronger when I’m driving a truck, the extra muscle gives me more courage, it’s like someone’s got my back.”
15 Pickup trucks inspire independence
As Trayer had further explained, “There is NOTHING better than a truck!! I was a single mom for a while and had myself a Ford F250 – it enabled me to be independent, to haul anything, to go anywhere. Once you own a truck it is hard to go back to ANYTHING else…”
14 Pickup trucks are quite fuel-efficient
According to Consumer Reports, “Although pickups can be gas guzzlers, automakers have improved truck mpg by using more efficient engines and transmissions, and by reducing weight. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is currently the most fuel-efficient full-sized pickup, managing 20 mpg overall in CR’s testing. The F-150’s gasoline 2.7-liter V6 turbo gets an impressive 19 mpg overall.”
13 Pickup trucks are a lot safer nowadays
Today’s truck models already come with a number of safety features that any country girl would appreciate. For instance, Toyota pickup trucks come with standard automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision warning. Meanwhile, other trucks come with available features such as rear cross-traffic warning, blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assist and more.
12 Pickup trucks receive more respect
From the outside, a pickup truck always looks bigger and tougher than your typical sedan. And that tends to command both attention and respect. As Erica Mueller explained on A Girls Guide to Cars, “I know when I used to drive an old ’84 Chevy around town, the looks of respect I’d get from guys always made me smile!”
11 Pickup trucks come with great features nowadays
As Consumer Reports has explained, “True luxury pickups are a real thing, too. Hop up into a high-end truck these days and you’ll find leather seats, power-adjustable pedals, soft-closing tailgates, powerful infotainment systems, and multizone climate control.” And so, a country girl can now drive out in a pickup truck and feel like she’s driving a more expensive car instead.
10 Pickup trucks can be accessorized a number of ways
A country girl is never afraid to express herself. And ultimately, their car also ends up becoming a reflection of their personality. Today, there are several types of accessories that are available for a pickup truck. In fact, you can accessorize a truck’s exterior and exterior. At the same time, you can also use some accessories to modify a truck’s performance.
9 Pickup trucks bring back some awesome childhood memories
As Erica Mueller further wrote, “We called it the truck of many colors. That little truck hauled firewood almost every weekend. I loved riding beside my dad when we’d take the truck out for a weekend to go fishing or to clean out a barn and bring home some natural fertilizer for the family garden.”
8 Pickup truck beds can be transformed into anything
Nowadays, there are so many things that you can transform the pickup truck’s cargo bed into. For instance, you can put a mattress on it, and you can easily sleep underneath the stars. Meanwhile, if you want to throw a pool party, the cargo bed can also be transformed into a little splash pool.
7 Pickup trucks make it possible to have more adventures with children
For some country girls, taking adventures out in nature with their children is really important. And if you’ve got a pickup truck, going on these trips can be quite easy. As Trayer further explained, “It afforded me the privilege to take my kids fishing in my 14′ fishing boat… It’s a truck or nothing…”
6 Pickup trucks seem to be the new family car
It seems that in recent years, pickup trucks have taken on the reputation of being the new family car. According to a 2018 report from Consumer Reports, the number of women who registered for full-size trucks increased by 67 percent from 2008 to 2016 and it looks like this has something to do with a desire to provide their family with a more reliable ride. And you can bet that a lot of these moms are also country girls.
5 Pickup trucks come in a couple of sizes
In today’s market, pickup trucks come in full-size and midsize options. At the same time, pickup trucks are also classified based on their gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). A light-duty truck would have a GVWR of fewer than 10,000 pounds, according to CJ Pony Parts. A medium-duty would have GVWR or 10,001 to 26,000 pounds. And finally, a heavy-duty truck would have a GVWR of more than 26,001 pounds. Ultimately, this gives a country girl more choices.
4 Pickup trucks are relatively affordable
Especially today, pickup trucks come with relatively affordable price tags. Just to give you an idea, a 2019 Toyota Tacoma comes with a starting price of $25,850. Meanwhile, a 2019 Tundra starts at $31,670. On the other hand, a 2019 Chevy Colorado has a starting price of $21,300. Meanwhile, 2019 All-New Silverado starts at $28,300. Indeed, these are price points that a practical country girl would love.
3 Pickup trucks are incredibly dependable
When you need a car that’s incredibly sturdy, one of your best options would be a pickup truck. After all, this is a type of car that is built to be tough. It’s supposed to have some serious hauling and towing power. At the same time, it’s supposed to be more capable in performance than a sedan or a compact SUV.
2 Pickup trucks are great for job commute
According to a report from the Toledo Blade, Ms. Belcik, who works as a deputy at the Wood County sheriff’s office, says that her four-wheel pickup truck is “crucial” for her daily commute to work. Every day, she travels around 25 miles. Moreover, Belcik has also said that she likes that the truck's back seat and the cargo bed can be used for hauling.
1 Pickup trucks drive like sedans
As far as comfort is concerned, pickup trucks have come a long way over the years. In fact, there are some pickup truck drivers who even claim that these cars now drive just like sedans. And while a country girl is never afraid to rough it out, she also appreciates simple comfort that good suspension can bring.
Reference: CJ Pony Parts, A Girls Guide to Cars, Toledo Blade, Consumer Reports