When it comes to trucks, there's plenty of options to choose from, depending on your needs. Two variants of trucks are light duty and heavy duty. Both seemingly complete tough tasks, but what exactly are the differences between the two?   

Although both light duty and heavy duty trucks are designed for work, the difference between the two is that heavy duty trucks are for more challenging, professional-grade work.   

Power and capability

Take a look at the 2019 Ford F-150, the most popular truck in the Ford lineup. Its performance stats are very capable - offering up to 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque - thanks to a range of engine options, including a V6, V8, and diesel. Towing capacity comes in at a modest 8,500 pounds while the turbo diesel engine can offer a maximum 11,500 pounds of towing.   

The 2019 Ford Super Duty takes capability even higher. It also has a range of engine options that produce incredible horsepower and torque. Combined with strong, fully-boxed frames made from 95% high-strength steel, the heavy duty work truck is able to pull 21,000 pounds. Using the 5th Wheel package, towing capacity grows to 27,500 pounds while the gooseneck option increases it to a staggering 35,000 pounds of max towing.   


Heavy duty trucks are generally larger than light duty trucks. The overall length of the Ford Super Duty is larger in its smallest configurations than the F-150's largest. Its wheelbase is also wider for better stability in towing maneuverability and payload hauling.   


Light duty trucks, on the other hand, are able to get the job done while offering more efficient engine performance. It's more common to have higher fuel economy on a light duty truck. Additionally, light duty trucks allow for more customization in the form of performance. The Ford F-150 has a Ranger trim level specifically designed for improved off-road performance. The smaller truck is able do more as a work truck, everyday driver, or all-terrain adventurer.   

When you make your decision between light duty or heavy duty, consider the capabilities of each type of truck. If you need more questions answered, feel free to stop by and see us at Mike Raisor Auto Group.

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