Thursday, March 4, 2021

Mid-size pickup bed and payload comparison



Mid-size trucks, they were a thing in the 90’s thru about 2010 when the segment collapsed (lack of new product didn’t help). Well now they are a thing again. Over the past 5 years or so (starting with the release of GM’s current generation Canyon/Colorado twins) with Tacoma, Colorado/Canyon, Frontier, Gladiator and Ranger making large year over year gains in many of those years. One of the biggest reasons for the increase of sales in the segment is using the trucks as lifestyle vehicles (which has always been the compact / midsize trucks biggest draw) the increase in overlanding style off-roading, camping, boating, fishing, kayaking, biking, and many other outdoor activities has people looking for a vehicle that’s small enough to drive everyday while still being able to handle all their other duties on the weekend.

Filling the bed or towing toys are some of the biggest truck uses. While we can get into towing another time,
I think it would be a good idea to compare and contrast the different bed sizes and payloads available in the
midsize truck segment. While bed sizes are pretty easy to compare payloads can be a bit trickier in what they
include and how options affect them so we will provide as much detail as the manufacturers offer but it’s a
good idea to check the weight and GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of your truck or a truck your looking at
buying before you load up.



All are for 2021 model year trucks.

Chevrolet Colorado

Bed dimensions: Length      Tailgate opening width      Width between wheel wells      Depth

Extended cab short bed: 74”      55.5”     44.4”      20.9”

Crew cab Short bed: 61.2”     55.5”      44.4”      20.9”

Crew cab long bed: 74”      55.5”      44.4”      20.9”

Payload range: 1367 lbs – 1578 lbs




Ford Ranger

Bed dimensions: Length      Tailgate opening width      Width between wheel wells     Depth

Extended cab short bed: 72.8”      55.4”      44.8”      20.8”

Crew cab short bed: 61”      55.4”      44.8”      20.8”

Payload range: 1560 lbs – 1860 lbs





GMC Canyon

Bed dimensions: Length     Tailgate opening width      Width between wheel wells      Depth

Extended cab short bed: 74”     55.5”      44.4”     20.9”

Crew cab Short bed: 61.2”      55.5”      44.4”     20.9”

Crew cab long bed: 74”      55.5”     44.4”      20.9”

Payload range: 1367 lbs – 1578 lbs




Jeep Gladiator

Bed dimensions: Length      Tailgate opening width     Width between wheel wells      Depth

Crew cab short bed: 60.3”      50”      44.8”      18”

Payload range: 1075 lbs – 1700 lbs




Nissan Frontier

Bed dimensions: Length      Tailgate opening width     Width between wheel wells     Depth

Extended cab short bed: 73.3”      58.8”      44.4”      18”

Crew cab short bed: 59.5”    58.8”     44.4”     18”

Payload range: 1020 lbs – 1460 lbs





Toyota Tacoma

Bed dimensions: Length     Tailgate opening width      Width between wheel wells     Depth

Extended cab short bed: 73.7”      53.4”      41.5”      19.1”

Crew cab short bed: 60.5”     53.4”      41.5”      19.1”

Crew cab long bed: 73.7”      53.4”      41.5”      19.1”

Payload range: 1155 lbs – 1685 lbs


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Mid-size pickup bed and payload comparison

Mid-size trucks, they were a thing in the 90’s thru about 2010 when the segment collapsed (lack of new product didn’t help). Well now they...