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“King Cab”
“Access Cab”
“Quad Cab”

Believe it or not, those four terms are all referring to the same basic cab setup for different trucks – all for the sake of branding. In 2023 it can take a full-on thesaurus to have a coherent conversation about the features of someone’s truck. This blog is that thesaurus.


99% of trucks have one of three basic cab types. The main exception to the rule these days is the Mega Cab, an extra-large crew cab found on some Ram heavy duty models.

Regular Cab

A “Regular Cab” truck has two doors and no backseat. This is most common on trucks that have a “long box” (more on that later).

Other Names:

  • Single Cab

Extended Cab

“Extended Cab” trucks usually have two full-size doors, two smaller rear doors, and a small backseat.

Other Names:

  • SuperCab
  • Double Cab
  • Quad Cab
  • Access Cab
  • King Cab
Truck Terms

Crew Cab

“Crew Cab” trucks are probably the most common type you’ll see on the road today. They have four full-size doors and two full rows of seating.

Other Names:

  • SuperCrew
  • CrewMax
  • Double Cab
  • Dual Cab


99% of trucks fall into three categories of bed size. What is considered a “standard box,” or a “short box,” can change depending on what type of truck the box is on, so these are the terms that we use to make things clear. 

Extra Short Box – less than 6 feet

Basically, every Ford Maverick, Honda Ridgeline and Jeep Gladiator would fall under “extra short box.” The majority of crew cab full-size trucks tend to have boxes in the 5.5’-5.9’ range these days as well. Additionally, other mid-size trucks like the Toyota Tacoma have extra short box options.

Short Box – 6 feet through 7 feet

“Short Box” trucks are also split between mid-size and full-size models. This is what some people consider the “standard box” to be for full-size trucks. A short box is also commonly referred to as a “6.5’ box” for full-size trucks, despite varying lengths.

Long Box – greater than 7 feet

“Long Box” trucks are normally three-quarter ton or one-ton trucks, although you will also commonly see them on half-tons. Most are right around 8’ long, although Nissan did put out a Titan with a 7’3” box option for a few years. 


Full-Size Trucks

  1. Half-Ton (F-150, 1500, Tundra, Titan)
  2. Three-Quarter-Ton (F-250, 2500, also referred to as Heavy Duty)
  3. One-Ton (F-350, 3500, also referred to as Heavy Duty)

Mid-Size Trucks

  1. Toyota Tacoma
  2. Chevy Colorado
  3. GMC Canyon
  4. Ford Ranger
  5. Nissan Frontier
  6. Jeep Gladiator

Compact (Unibody) Trucks

  1. Ford Maverick
  2. Honda Ridgeline
  3. Hyundai Santa Fe

We hope this clears up the confusion on truck types and bed sizes! As always, if you have questions or need assistance finding the right sized accessory for your truck, just let us know! You can give us a call at 651-451-1808 or stop in at the Toppers & More showroom in South St Paul.