Vehicles for Hauling that Last Minute Christmas Tree
Long roofs, long beds, & room for the whole familyby Mark McNabb, on
The Christmas season is upon us and most everyone who celebrates with a tree in their house already has theirs in place. But for those slackers who wait until the last minute, here’s a list of perfect vehicles for hauling home a Christmas tree. Naturally, a lot of room is required for hauling a six to 12-foot tree, so our list includes full-size SUVs and pickup trucks.
The American automotive marketplace has tons of SUV and pickup options to choose from, but here are our favorites. They offer exceptional amounts of cargo room, while providing plenty of comfy space for people. Let us know your favorite in the comments below.
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Ford completely redesigned the Expedition for 2018 and follows tradition of being based on the F-150 pickup. The body-on-frame SUV now shares even more with the F-150, including its dashboard, the aluminum construction for its body, and the potent 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The Expedition MAX offers an impressive 121.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind its front seats. Then again, nobody wants to haul a sap-covered tree inside their $50,000+ SUV, so the roof is a much better option. Thankfully, a roof rack with horizontal bars comes with the Expedition, giving plenty of room for cargo and the occasional Christmas tree.
The current Chevy Suburban isn’t as new as the 2018 Expedition, but it’s no less roomy or capable. In fact, the Suburban is ever so slightly larger inside, offering 0.2 cubic feet more room behind its first row. For the mathematically uninclined, that equates to 121.7 cubic feet of room.
But like the Expedition, nobody will want to haul a dirty Christmas tree inside their Suburban, so the roof is the better option. Again, the standard roof rack with available horizontal bars offers the perfect place to lay and secure the tree.
If hauling big and heavy items is on the agenda, then the Ram 2500 is the best choice. Rounding out the “Big Three” American automakers, Ram offers tons of cab and bed configurations for its light-duty and heavy-duty pickups. For this comparison, we’re looking for the largest load space matched with the most people room. Unfortunately, the Ram 1500 isn’t available in a crew cab, long bed configuration, though the three-quarter ton 2500 version is.
The Ram 2500 comes standard with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, but the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 and legendary 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel are available. Various versions of a six-speed automatic are most common, but Ram actually offers a six-speed manual transmission with the Cummins.
As for the hauling portion, the long bed measures eight feet in length. Width wise, the bed is 5.5 feet across and 4.2 feet across between the wheel wells. That’s more than enough room for the average Christmas tree. For larger tree, Ram’s optional cargo bed extender should get the job done. As for payload, no Christmas tree will outmatch the Ram 2500 Crew Cab’s maximum payload rating of 3,990 pounds. Well, maybe the Rockefeller Center or Whitehouse Christmas tree…
Did we miss your favorite tree hauler? Let us know in the comments below.