What’s the Average Size of a Half-Ton Truck?

For anyone interested in a 2019 half-ton truck such as the Ford F150 or Chevy Silverado, you might be wondering just how big these vehicles are. Perhaps you have never owned a truck before, or you need to find a vehicle that can fit into your home or work garage. To help you out, we have compiled data on every 2019 model to find the averages. By simply adding the smallest and largest figures and dividing by two, we can find the rough average of modern half-ton’s height, width, length, and weight.

Here are the average measurements for all 2019 half-ton pickups –

Average size of half ton truck

As you can see, the average height of a half-ton pickup truck is 76.4 inches. These trucks are slightly wider than they are tall with the average width – without tow mirrors – reaching 80.8 inches. Half-ton trucks are 233.8 inches long on average (though that figure is the most flexible, as it all depends on the type of can and length of bed you choose to have). Finally, your average half-ton truck weighs around 5,000 lbs.

What's the Average Size of a Half-Ton Truck?Okay, so there the averages, but surely you will want to know the specifics as you shop for your next new truck. Below, we provide just that. Along the way, there are some very interesting tidbits to ponder as well. For instance, did you know that you can buy a modern half-ton truck that weighs nearly 5,600 lbs?

2019 Half-Ton Pickup Sizes

Let’s take a closer look at the sizes on today’s half-ton trucks. Here, we will show you the size ranges for all manufacturers. What I found as I researched these figures on the various manufacturer websites surprised me, and I think you will find some surprises, too!

2019 Ford F150

Ford’s F150 is the best-selling half-ton pickup in the world. So, what makes these trucks so popular? There are many reasons, surely, but these specifications could offer one of them – just check out the wide ranges on offer here. No other manufacturer can match the broad scope of sizes that the F150 is made with. In fact, the F150 represents both the shortest and longest half-ton truck on the market today.

Perhaps because of Ford’s use of aluminum body panels, they can boast of selling the lightest truck on the list. Also, because the Raptor is such an outlier, I have separated some of its dimensions so that the ranges are more comparable to models from the other truck makers.

Height:

75.1 – 77.2 inches (Raptor: 78.5 inches)

Width:

79.9 inches (Raptor: 86.3 inches)

Length:

209.3 – 250.5 inches

Weight:

4,069 lbs – 5,525 lbs (Raptor: 5,697 lbs)

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Chevy has obviously been hard at work combating Ford’s lightweight aluminum-bodied F150s, and thankfully they have done more than just make annoying commercials this time. Thanks to advanced new manufacturing techniques, the new-for-2019 Silverado is up to 450 pounds lighter than the previous model.

Chevrolet provides a notably smaller range of sizes for their half-ton Silverado. The other GM product on the list, the GMC Sierra, does the same. That doesn’t mean there aren’t tons of options for just about any truck buyer on the Silverado trim list, however. Chevy still has a wide range of trims and engines on offer, with countless options available to perfectly outfit the Silverado for just about any occasion.

Height:

75.6 – 78.3 inches

Width:

81.1 – 81.2 inches

Length:

229.5 – 241.2 inches

Weight:

4,257 – 5,155 lbs

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

Like the Silverado, the GMC Sierra 1500 is completely new for 2019. From the specs, we can see that the Sierra mainly differs from its GM cousin in the height and weight categories. Equipped with the 6.2-liter V8, the luxury-laden Denali weighs in at roughly 300 lbs more than the heaviest Silverado. Still, these Sierras are about as light a truck as you can buy today. And, being shorter than the Silverados, they are a great choice for anyone who needs to fit into a small parking garage.

Height:

75.4 – 75.6 inches

Width:

81.1 – 81.2 inches

Length:

229.6 – 241.2 inches

Weight:

4,257 – 5,443 lbs

2019 Ram 1500

Like the GM offerings, Ram’s 1500 was redesigned for 2019. These tech-laden trucks have received praise for their options and comfort, but they can’t quite match GM at the scales. And city drivers, beware: the Ram 1500 is the widest truck on this list (excluding the baja-style Ford Raptor, of course).

Aside from being tall and wide, the Ram 1500 sits in the middle of the pack for everything else. And that’s probably not a bad place to be in the crowded half-ton market, honestly. Most trucks that are sold today lie in that middle area anyway.

Height:

77.4 – 77.7 inches

Width:

82.1 inches

Length:

228.9 – 241.8 inches

Weight:

4,798 – 5,372 lbs

2019 Toyota Tundra

Toyota is famous for taking their sweet time when it comes to redesigning their trucks. Perhaps that extra design time is what gives the Japanese company its reputation for making the most reliable vehicles on the planet, but it sure doesn’t help when you compare its models on paper.

This phenomenon is most notable when we examine the weight of the Tundra compared to some of the more modern half-tons on the market. Heck, the lightest Tundra weighs just about as much as the heaviest Silverado. That’s a stark reminder that the Tundra has not received a complete redesign in nearly 14 years!

Height:

75.8 – 77.2 inches

Width:

79.9 inches

Length:

228.9 – 247.8 inches

Weight:

5,100 – 5,680 lbs

2019 Nissan Titan

Nissan offers a choice between the Titan and the Titan XD, which is more like a 3/4-ton than a regular half-ton truck. For example, the Titan XD can weigh close to 7,500 lbs – much more than any other truck on this list. That’s why our spec list only applies to the half-ton Nissan Titan. Still, this is a heavy truck, the only one on the list that is in danger of hitting the 6,000-lb mark.

Another interesting feature of the Titan is that, no matter what cab and bed configuration you choose, the length (and wheelbase) doesn’t change. Nissan is clearly trying to cut back on manufacturing costs by keeping the changes to a minimum, but you can’t help but wonder how well this strategy will work when the best-selling truck is also the most diversified. If you look at 2019 sales, the Titan is at a tiny fraction of the F150’s boisterous sales figures.

Height:

74.5 – 77.2 inches

Width:

79.5 – 80.7 inches

Length:

228.1 inches

Weight:

5,247 – 5,927 lbs

Find Your Perfect Half-Ton

I hope this list helps you find the perfect-sized truck for you. Or, at the very least, help you decide that this category isn’t the right fit for you. After all, it’s not worth owning a vehicle that won’t fit in your garage if you don’t really need all of that capability, anyway.

The surprising takeaway for me was the amazing leaps manufacturers have been able to make in reducing weight. The newly-redesigned trucks from the domestic manufacturers weigh anywhere from 600 to 900 lbs less than the offerings from Nissan, on average. That’s a lot of weight to save, especially when payload, towing, and fuel economy matters to you. Use this list as you shop for your next truck and good luck with your decision!

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