Why Trucks Are Now the Perfect Family Vehicle

Pickup Truck

Pickup trucks historically have been all about power and towing, with little to note in the interior and no room for extra passengers. But in the last few decades, that has changed dramatically, as pickup trucks have become comfortable and spacious, leading the industry in certain safety innovations. Here’s why trucks are now the perfect family vehicle.

  • Spacious second rows: Trucks now typically offer extended or crew cab versions that have second rows that are as spacious or even more spacious than the second rows of SUVs and sedans. This means you can fit a family of five safely and comfortably in pickup trucks.
  • Innovative tech: Trucks also include innovative tech that the whole family will love, from advanced infotainment systems with smartphone compatibility to state-of-the-art audio systems to active safety features that help prevent accidents from happening.
  • Towing prowess: Family vacations to the beach, mountains, or lake are all better when you can bring along your favorite toys, whether that’s your kayaks, boat, bike, trailer, jet skis, or snowmobiles. No matter what you need to haul, pickup trucks have the space and towing power to do so.
  • Versatility: Trucks are great when moving furniture, whether it’s adding a new bedroom for a new kid, designing a new home office, taking your first kid to college, or moving into a bigger home.

Hyundai of Longview has a great selection of pre-owned pickup trucks at unbeatable prices. Pay us a visit and see which models can work for your family.

What Are the Longest-Lasting Trucks?

Toyota Tacoma

If you’re planning on buying a previously owned pickup truck, you have plenty of good options on the market and at Hyundai of Longview. Still, you’ll want to choose wisely and find a truck that’s sure to stand the test of time.


A study by iSeeCars, an automotive data company, recently determined which vehicles are most likely to make it to 200,000 miles and beyond. According to the study, here are the longest-lasting trucks.


Toyota Tacoma


Toyota’s mid-size truck debuted in 1995 and has been produced and assembled in the United States since its introduction. The Toyota Tacoma is known to be a hard worker and a durable pickup. According to the study by iSeeCars, 2.6% of the used Tacomas on sale in 2017 had over 200,000 miles on them. That’s an impressive number!


Toyota Tundra


Toyota’s full-size truck is almost as long-lasting as the Tacoma, with slightly more than 2% of used Tundras for sale in 2017 showing more than 200,000 miles on the odometer.


Honda Ridgeline


The Honda Ridgeline has served as a smart option for folks who want a pickup that is versatile and efficient in its offerings. Over the years, it has brought unique amenities to the pickup truck segment, and has proven to be as long-lasting as the Toyota Tundra, with a similar number of models reaching 200,000 miles.


Chevrolet Silverado 1500


The iconic, hard-working Silverado 1500 was tied with the Toyota Tundra and the Honda Ridgeline, showing a similar number of units in 2017 exceeding 200,000 miles on the odometer. This durable pickup is as long-lasting as it is hard-working.


If you want a reliable pickup truck from a reliable dealership, check out all of the pre-owned models we have on our lot at Hyundai of Longview. You’re sure to find one that matches your work and budget needs.

Best Places to Take Your Truck in the Longview Area


Tyler State Park

It’s the perfect time of year to get out there and enjoy the versatility of your pickup. If you’re in the Longview neighborhood—including Marshall, Tyler, and Henderson—you’ll find no shortage of great places to take your truck. Learn more about our favorite places to take your truck in the Longview area.


Tyler State Park


Camping, hiking, mountain biking, and scenic driving—Tyler State Park is a great location to get the most out of your pickup in eastern Texas. Just a short drive outside of Longview, this park is the perfect excuse to load up your truck with all of your gear and supplies and get away for a weekend.


Lake Palestine


Lake Palestine offers some of the best fishing in East Texas, and the beautiful surroundings certainly don’t hurt either. If you’re looking for an excellent location for all of your favorite water sports, Lake Palestine should definitely be on your list.


Jim Hogg Park


Located on the northern side of Georgetown Lake, Jim Hogg Park offers plenty for outdoor-enthusiasts to enjoy, including hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. If you’re in the Longview area and are in search of something to do with friends or family this summer, this spot is for you.


Wherever in the Longview area you’re headed, taking a ride in a truck from Hyundai of Longview is the way to travel.