Ford photos from KGP Photography / Chevy photos from Chris Doane Photography
With the vast majority of half-ton pickup trucks sold in the U.S.sporting four full-sized doors and even the government conspiring against them, you'd think the base-model standard cabs would twindle to the point of extinction. Not so; in fact, they are still a popular choice, especially for big fleet buyers. However, with the spotting of a 2013 Ram 1500 R/T a while back, news from Ford that it will have a 2014 Ford Tremor sport truck in regular-cab configuration, and rumors about a sport-truck-themed performance package slated for the new Chevrolet Silverado 1500, we may start seeing regular-cab numbers climbing in the near future.
For now, depending on which truck maker you're talking about, the numbers hover just less than 10 percent of the total production mix. Clearly that's enough for manufacturers to keep making a good profit with them. Although there have been rumors that the segment-leading Toyota Tacoma might ditch the regular-cab option, our guess is that the half-ton market will keep them around for quite a while.
Our spy photographers are seeing quite a few early production models, as well as pre-production test units, all over the place. That makes us happy because that means there's still hope of keeping entry-level pricing for a new pickup within reach of most buyers.
We happen to get an early look at a testing regular cab shortbed new Silverado (oddly, with towing mirrors but without a trailer hitch) and a longbed 2015 F-150 near the same time so we thought we'd pass them onto you. Additionally, we found this Toyota Tundra rendering from the folks at autoevolution.com and thought it was interesting as well. You can bet that at some point down the road, if it's at all possible, we'll be doing a regular cab, big-torque V-8, shortbed shootout.