FWIW... Having owned a truck based vehicle for nearly 30 years, it has
become my preferred "format". I can't speak for others but I will mention
more a bit later in this treatise.....
Our current ride is a 2002 F SuperCrew.... In retrospect, I would have
preferred a CC SuperDuty but that would have me buying a diesel (by choice)
and then abusing it by not driving it hard enough, often enough. The SC does
pretty good at my very few, very short trips with the holiday trailer (no
need to go too far when there's a wonderful lake on my doorstep). I had a 92
Explorer and loved it but missed the utility of the pick up truck. The crew
cab part was for my son, large (tall, not rotund) at an early age.
My wife loves sitting higher than most (at home, we see many more trucks
than cars) when she ventures to Edmonton... many miles to the south. She
also likes (and sometimes needs) the pick up bed.
My son is now 18 (Gawd, don't time fly) and has a 95 F140 4X4.... never a
nice thing to say about the gas mileage, but it's hard to haul his quad in
the trunk of a car.
For my family, 4 wheel drive (ever experienced a gung ho Alberta winter?)
Now... where we do see many concerns.... those that suddenly "want" a large
platform vehicle. The transistion from car to truck, for many, is umpleasant
and, on occasion, deadly. There are those that will have an abject disregard
for the laws of physics... who needs to understand physics, anyway? After
all, we have Sam Bernstein and Jim "the hammer" Shapiro on our side.....