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I have noticed several times on this site references to the Equinox or Terrain being a "truck" Having had over the years many different vehicles some of which were the K5 Blazers, S10 Blazer, Rangers, Sierra 1/2 ton and Sierra 3/4 ton I have to dispute the Equinox being a "truck" In my mind some of the things that make a truck a truck are things like a tail gate, or a bed or a payload or a frame.I love my Nox but it "aint no truck" Curious to know your thoughts as to why it is or it isnt a "truck"
 

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its certainly not a car, thus the reason some call it a car, some call it a truck......

i call it a truck...its larger then a car....has off road capabilities...nuff said.....


also in your case, you would refer to an el camino as a truck, since it has a tail gate, and a bed... ;)
 

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In Pennsylvania it is classified as a Station Wagon when on goes to purchase plates.
Which is a good thing.
Station Wagon plates $36.00
Light truck plates $45.00 and up from there
 

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S: (n) truck, motortruck (an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling)

You can haul but there are more suitable alternatives.
It seems truck like but has lost most of the hauling abilities of a true truck.
A van seems to fall more into this definition by it's ability to haul people.
 

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....Well it is called a "Crossover". That says to me that this vehicle has crossed over with more carlike charactoristics. I would say a full size SUV is more vanlike. Here in Indiana "car" license plates are designated for CUVs. More expensive truck plates are mandatory on certain vehicles that the state deems as true trucks. Many of which are often used for commercial hauling. This seems to refer to a truck with a bed...larger cargo vans...and several recreation vehicles such as Jeeps.
 

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fourmoremarine said:
In Pennsylvania it is classified as a Station Wagon when on goes to purchase plates.
Which is a good thing.
Station Wagon plates $36.00
Light truck plates $45.00 and up from there
I used to drive an S10 Blazer and they classified that as a station wagon in Michigan. That said, regardless of the size and hauling ability, the 'Nox is definitely no truck. I recently rented a Jeep SUV for work and was amazed at how much higher up I was sitting and how different the ride was - even though I used to drive that kind of vehicle all of the time.
 

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It's interesting that everytime I speak with my GMC Salesperson, he always refers to the Terrain as a "truck". He would comment: I ordered your truck today, the truck will be coming soon, the truck seats 5 people, etc. I feel the vehicle does appear to look like a truck, especially from the front, however, the Terrains performance is more like a suburban hauler than an industrial strongman.
 

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I think the term 'crossover' is lame marketing-speak. SUV is now associated as a gas guzzler. Having owned several actual trucks I definitely wouldn't call them trucks. I wouldn't refer to anything that isn't BOF as a truck It's more akin to a car or station wagon IMHO.

I refer to mine as a wagon. I'm not afraid of that term as most North Americans are.
 

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Superboy95 said:
Wagons are making a comeback thanks to these kinds of... whatever they are.
now the term is hatchback....or sport wagon.....station wagons for me, are ugly boxy things......
 

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gar187er said:
now the term is hatchback....or sport wagon.....station wagons for me, are ugly boxy things......
Not hatchback. That's something else (at least to me). Think Chevy Aveo.

What's an example of a "sport wagon"?? AMC Eagle?

I think it has a lot to your age. The generation before mine (I think I'm Gen X) were used to station wagons like the Esquire (??) or Roadmaster. Hence, their aversion to them. My generation (ie children of the 80s) are more used to the Grand Voyager/Caravan. Wagons to us are more like the Subarus, Audi 5000s and the Eagle. Chock full of utility and capability.

I have an aversion to the minivan just as I suppose some have an aversion to the wagon. For each of us the word conjures up a negative image.
 

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Not hatchback. That's something else (at least to me). Think Chevy Aveo.

What's an example of a "sport wagon"?? AMC Eagle?

I think it has a lot to your age. The generation before mine (I think I'm Gen X) were used to station wagons like the Esquire (??) or Roadmaster. Hence, their aversion to them. My generation (ie children of the 80s) are more used to the Grand Voyager/Caravan. Wagons to us are more like the Subarus, Audi 5000s and the Eagle. Chock full of utility and capability.

I have an aversion to the minivan just as I suppose some have an aversion to the wagon. For each of us the word conjures up a negative image.
an aveo is a compact.....


a hatchback would be these IMO:

mazda3 hatch



sti hatch




sport wagon:

lancer wagon


legacy wagon



i hear and see hatch, i think more fun to drive, sporty.....wagon, isnt....
 

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now compared to those, do you the nox/terrain is still classified as a car???
 

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gar187er said:
now compared to those, do you the nox/terrain is still classified as a car???
Yup. Its unibody, has an enclosed cargo area AND is FWD based.
 

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My own personal opinion of what makes a truck a "truck" is, full frame, a box, a V8 or large diesel and capable of towing at least 6000 lbs.

So by that definition many vehicles aren't trucks, including the Honda Ridgeline. Anyone remember the the Dodge Rampage, based on the TC3 Horizon platform? Or the Subaru Brat?

Total "truck" FAIL!
 

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^ Interesting - so by your definition the El Camino and Ranchero are both trucks.

The Rampage... indeed a fail on all accounts. My dad bought one of those brand new in the mid (or early)-80s. I don't remember much about it except that it was white and I helped him put a red pin stripe on it shortly after he got it. That's about the limit of my memory on that one... although I was only probably 6 or 7 at the time. And I don't think he had it very long before he traded it on a Dodge Ram Royale sport truck.

Maybe that Rampage is why I have such an aversion to pinstriping of any kind. Totally detest plastic sticker-lines.
 

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A truck is purchased out of function, hence I think it should be defined out of function. To me a truck is something with a box that is capable of hauling stuff and getting **** done. You don't need a V8 for that. I've hauled more stuff in S10's, B3000's, and Colorado's that I ever will in a full size. The best truck in the world is the one your buddy has when you need a hand.

Newer SUV's and crossovers aren't trucks, they're basically tall wagons. The 'wagon' has never gone away, except for its use in marketing literature.
 

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wbassnp007 said:
It's interesting that everytime I speak with my GMC Salesperson, he always refers to the Terrain as a "truck". He would comment: I ordered your truck today, the truck will be coming soon, the truck seats 5 people, etc. I feel the vehicle does appear to look like a truck, especially from the front, however, the Terrains performance is more like a suburban hauler than an industrial strongman.
My dealer always did this too, and pretty much everyone else around me...I never thought of the Equinox/Terrain as a truck, or a car. I simply refer to it as my Equinox. I consider it a small SUV. I suppose when I am referring to it like "let's take my car" I use the word "car" because I used to drive a very small two door car so I am just used to it.

bballr4567 said:
Its a tall car with a weird trunk.
LOL :D
 

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I don't consider my Nox a truck since to me that would be a body on frame type vehicle with an actual bed. Of course the state of Texas considers the Nox a truck...says so right on the license plate. :D
 
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