If financial constraints make it necessary to combine the utility of a pickup truck with the passenger space and comfort of a mid-size sedan, Bankrate has assembled a list of five family pickup trucks that fulfill both needs.
With the struggling economy and a family's ever-shrinking resources, the idea of a pickup for work or job chores and a separate vehicle for hauling the family may no longer make fiscal sense for many families.
Until the late 1980s, pickup trucks were designed as chore vehicles, driven by farmers and construction workers. Over the last 30 years, they have morphed into transports equally suited to bow ties and child seats as to shovels and muddy boots.
They offer plenty of passenger room, comfort and convenience, as well as a work ethic equal to the demands of a job site.
Encompassing a range of prices, Bankrate recommends this selection of double-duty pickups that can be hosed off at the end of a tough workday and be ready that evening to haul the family to dinner and a movie.
Fuel economy numbers are government estimates and are based on rear-wheel drive with automatic transmission. All of these pickups also offer four-wheel drive capability as an extra-cost option. Prices don't include destination charges or promotional offers.