Is the Regular Cab Pickup Doomed? — News

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Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

Is the Regular Cab Pickup Doomed?

by Mark Williams | April 17,

By Tim Esterdahl

For the past several truck manufacturers have adding more double and cab pickups to their build They say customer demand is this increase, but could a of factors — the most important of is pending federal corporate fuel economy regulations — cause the regular cab pickup to It could, and here’s how.

understand that the newest set of economy regulations — set to have a effect in 2017 — penalize manufacturers for selling short versions of full-size trucks. The The newest regulations are based on a footprint, which is calculated as the footage between all four

To figure out a truck’s footprint, the track in inches (width wheel center to wheel multiply it by the wheelbase in inches, divide by 144 and you’ve got square Here’s a chart that the square footage for a handful of models, sorted by footprint.

As you can see, regular cabs to the top of the list, as they have the footprints. This is bad for their because fuel economy are based on this figure, and proportional. For example, a Toyota Regular Cab with a footprint of square feet must 32.8 mpg in 2017, and 45.4 mpg by A Tacoma Double Cab with a box, on the other hand, to achieve just 26.4 mpg in and 35.5 mpg by 2025.

That of 10 or more mpg by 2025 is huge in the world. A regular cab is a little bit and lighter than a double so it should do a little better in of mileage, but not 25 to 28 percent better.

Whether looking at a regular cab Ford F-150 or regular cab Toyota Tundra, the story is the A full-size short-box regular cab has to get 8 to 13 percent better fuel than a double cab or crew cab of the same truck. And if it doesn’t? regular cab sale hurts a fleet fuel economy to the point where the truck’s will owe millions in fines to the

In other words, that an incentive to stop building regular cab trucks before the model year.

The Case for Cabs: Not So Good

Set aside the new economy rules and consider the

Regular cab trucks really any cheaper to design or manufacture extended cabs. Need pegs the MSRP of a new two-wheel-drive Double Cab Toyota at $28,805. A 2013 two-wheel-drive Cab Toyota Tundra (8-foot bed V-6) is $26,450 (prices destination). That’s just $2,000 for the extra doors, a V-8 and back seats. And that include the many incentives could bring that much closer together.#0160;

The problem here is that a limited number of regular is costly, as it reduces the efficiency of the line when the line has to multiple versions of the same Truck makers also to design and manufacture special just for the regular cab — and that’s not While Toyota lists the of the regular cab Tundra as roughly lower than the double it doesn’t offer the same of incentive money on the regular cab regular cabs aren’t any to build.

Toyota Tundra Regular Cab

About 90 percent of truck opt for double cabs or crews. is why Nissan decided against a regular cab Titan from the and why it dropped the regular cab Frontier in

Oddly, the short box is popular, brings us back to the new fuel rules. Taking a quick of all the 2008 Ford F-150 cabs currently listed on (255 total), only 25 of are long boxes. While isn’t the most scientific (we’ve heard the take on a long box could be as high as 50 if you include commercial fleet one can assume that consumers the short-box regular cab over the by a large margin. But if it isn’t for truck makers to build pickups because of fuel-economy what happens then?

Enjoy the Regular Cab While You Can

There are plenty of reasons to that manufacturers will get rid of or reduce their half-ton cab offerings before the 2017 year. In fact, it could sooner.

Toyota could be since it doesn’t do a lot of fleet and a lot of regular cabs are fleet Ram would likely be the next to the regular cab, as it is going to to hit CAFE requirements this let alone in 2017. However, it won’t happen for Ram until or 2018 when an updated arrives.

Ford and GM will keep building regular cab but buying a short-box regular cab or GM truck is going to be hard by It isn’t that much of a to say these trucks could be expensive than double likely requiring a special and they might only be because there’s a commercial for them.

Will you miss the regular

[Tim Esterdahl grew up in surrounded by the automotive industry and has writing about trucks for years. He is currently an associate at and .]

Toyota Tundra Regular Cab
Toyota Tundra Regular Cab


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