Trucks are overall the most beneficial type of vehicle to have for tradesmen: they get better gas mileage, their engines perform well, you can park them in most home garages and they're easy to load and clean
Being an efficient tradesman often requires both the tools and the knowledge of how to use them. The same applies for which vehicle you choose to run your business on. You need a vehicle that is sturdy, robust and that will get the job done.
Trucks are overall the most beneficial type of vehicle to have for tradesmen: they get better gas mileage, their engines perform well, you can park them in most home garages and they’re easy to load and clean, too.
2013 Toyota Tacoma
For the tradesman, the 2013 Toyota Tacoma makes for a reliable but comfortable business vehicle. Powered by a four-cylinder engine (or an optional V6), the truck has a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The cabin is functionally designed with price-appropriate materials. You can pick from 3 different cab configurations. ‘Regular Cab’ will probably fit your work needs, with the other two configurations offering a little more space for passengers in the back.
Great Wall Steed
Competitively priced, the Steed has been the most popular of all Great Wall commercial trucks. It’s one of the least expensive 4-wheel pickup trucks out there and definitely delivers for its low price.
It runs on a 2.0 litre turbo-diesel engine. The power output is at 143PS at 4,000 RPM, reaching top speeds of 90mph. Inside the truck, you’ll find remote central locking, alarms, electric windows and air conditioning.
2013 Nissan Frontier
The new Nissan Frontier feels like a larger truck that’s been downsized, as opposed to the other way around. It’s a much more manageable vehicle than larger ones and promises a comfortable ride.
It runs on a V6 engine, with boosted gas mileage. The engine fits well with automatic transmission, although the manual throws are long. Level up for a 4-cylinder option, which is rated for higher fuel economy.
The new Ridgeline delivers an adequate performance with its V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. It packs in a refined ride because of its unibody construction, although it still is hampered by standard truck-handling.
Probably the most safe and reliable out of its peers, it has a functional interior, although some of the material quality leaves much to be desired.
Based on the Nissan Frontier, the Suzuki Equator doesn’t really live up to it, although it has some of its own advantages. While it has a lower fuel economy, the features are easy to figure out and the interior is very easy to clean.
It eschews interior comfort in favour of good handling and performance for its low price. Not the absolute best out of the bunch, but if your budget is restrictive, this one is still well worth checking out.