Types of Truck Cabs

Types of Truck Cabs

Last Updated October 15, 2019 | Sam Padgett

Deciding the style of truck cab you’d like can be a daunting task. There are more names for styles of truck cabs than there are inuit words for snow. In order to wrap your head around the impressive variety of terms for truck cabs, we’ve compiled all of them in one place to make your truck shopping more simple.

Regular or Standard Truck Cabs

Black F-150 Regular Style Cab

This is what you think of when you think truck. There’s only two doors and room for one to two extra passengers. These vehicles are mostly meant for hauling or towing, as the cab weighs less than other cab options, and more space is opened up for the bed. Across nearly every truck manufacturer, this style of truck cab is simply called regular. Unfortunately, it's not all that simple for the other styles of truck cabs. 

Super or Quad Cabs: Smaller Four Door Cabs

Red F-150 Quad Cab

Here's where it starts to get a bit confusing. Much like the styles of truck beds, the styles of truck cabs have no standard name across different manufacturers. This specific style of truck is categorized by having four doors, with the front two doors being normally functioning, full-sized doors while the back two are suicide doors, only opening once the front two doors have been opened already. This style of cab also has an extra row of seats. However, the second row of seats on some models is quite small. While comfort and legroom have definitely improved with later models of this cab style, it’s still not the roomiest setup. Here are the different names for this style of truck cab by manufacturer.

  • Ford: Super Cab
  • Ram: Quad Cab
  • Chevrolet/GMC: Extended Cab (Pre-2014)
  • Chevrolet/GMC: Double Cab (Post-2014)
  • Nissan: King Cab
  • Toyota: Access Cab

Crew or Double Cab: Full Size Four Door Cab

Four Door Super Crew F-150

Standard four-door trucks are generally called crew cabs, but of course, it’s not entirely that easy. This specific cab design is very similar to most other four-door vehicles: Four standard doors that open up to two full rows of seating. This cab style is basically any four-door sedan plus a bed. That’s it. With a larger truck also comes increased interior room. If you want the maximum comfort and legroom for all passengers, this is the cab style to pick.

  • Ford: Super Crew
  • Ram: Crew Cab
  • Chevrolet/GMC: Extended Cab (Post-2014)
  • Nissan: Crew Cab
  • Toyota: Double Cab

Mega or CrewMax Cab: Extra Large Four Door Cabs

Ram 2500 Mega Cab

This final cab option doesn't exist across all truck manufacturers. This style of truck cab is merely a beefed-up crew cab, keeping the same basic design but adding more room in the rear to make the interior almost like a van. This is the option for those who want to maximize their legroom. These truck cabs are seriously comfortable. While they may encroach on the truck's bed, the back seat passengers will surely appreciate being able to stretch out their legs.

  • Ram: Mega Cab
  • Chevrolet/GMC: Crew Cab
  • Toyota: CrewMax Cab

Conclusion

This should hopefully clear up some of the confusion over the vast variety of truck cab names. While these names are still liable to change, the cabs that they refer to for don’t. The real decision to make is the size of the cab, the number of doors and seats you’ll need, and your towing needs. Additionally, the cab style will change the weight of your truck, thus affecting the GVWR and its towing capacity as well. While this does vary between manufacturers, that is a potential issue when picking a cab style. Regardless of your decision, you will now at least be able to talk the talk. Whatever style of truck cab you opt for, CJ Pony Parts will surely have the parts you will need to maximize your truck experience. 

Types of Truck Cabs

There are too many names for truck cabs, all of which make deciding the style of truck you want more difficult than it needs to be. In order to help you parse this minefield of inconsistent vocabulary, we've compiled all of the names of truck cab configurations.