Up until the last few years, most pickup trucks where almost identical; whether looking at a Ford or a Dodge Ram, the trucks came with the same basic features, the same overall look, the same engine and there really where very few differences between the different brands. Basically, a truck buyer would simply select a different brand name plate for the front of their truck and that was it.
Trucks have always been built to last; these are work vehicles, so the machinery that goes into a truck is often a higher quality than a car as it needs to stand up to more difficult terrain and be able to tow equipment and haul cargo. So, while up until the last few years most all trucks have been similar trucks, they have at least been designed to remain strong and long lasting since the inception of the vehicle. However now, thankfully, trucks have greatly evolved and there are many different options for the truck lover, regardless of if it is for work or home use.
The first major difference in trucks is the sizing and capability. There are regular sized trucks, which although a bit larger than what they might have been in the 1990s and early 2000s, these offer nice towing options and fuel economy and should be able to do just about anything most consumers of non-professional trucks might need. Beyond this though, there are now heavy duty trucks. These trucks, like the Ford F-250 and F-350 or the Ram 2500 or higher offer more towing capacity and more powerful engines. This way, if someone is looking to purchase a new truck, they can opt into a vehicle that has more power and can provide the services they need.
Beyond just the light-duty and heavy-duty trucks, it is now possible to purchase different trucks with different sized cabins. For the majority of truck history, most trucks came with one seat. Now this is different. It is possible to purchase a truck with an extended cab, providing four doors instead of two. There are even trucks that have a fold out door that does come with a back seat, but not to the same size as an extended cab design. This way, consumers with families or who need to drive more than one passenger around can now do so, without having someone jump in the back of the truck for the ride.