Great Trucks for Red Hook Drivers

February 10th, 2023 by

A red 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is shown from the front at an angle while off-road.

Red Hook is home to all kinds of great folks: people who work hard, play hard, and deserve capable vehicles that can handle all of their needs. Trucks aren’t only useful because they can carry bulky cargo in their open beds; they also have the power and versatility to give you top-notch performance all year long, whether you stick to the main roads or like to travel off the beaten path now and then. As your Red Hook Chevy dealer, we here at Ruge’s Chevrolet offer capable new trucks from Chevy as well as used trucks of all makes and models.

Whether you work in construction or just like to take your boat down to the Hudson every once in a while, it’s always nice to have a good truck in your corner. Since trucks are designed to be tough, they’re built to last, so you can find a model you like and stick with it for many years to come, even if you opt for a pre-owned option. Let’s take a look at some of the trucks that are perfect for Red Hook drivers.

New vs Used

Buying new, you can make sure you get all of the latest features. That includes high-tech safety features that can give you extra peace of mind when you’re cruising up Route 9, crossing the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge during a winter storm, or heading up onto mountain roads with a heavy trailer in tow. You’ll also be your truck’s first owner, and you’ll have more freedom to customize your ride, picking a trim level, paint color, and any optional packages that are just right for you. That’s because if we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for on our lot, we can help you custom order a new Chevy truck directly from the factory.

On the other hand, there are plenty of benefits to buying used. For one thing, it’s more affordable, which can either give you the option to upgrade to a trim level that wouldn’t be in your budget if you were browsing the new inventory (like a rugged off-road ZR2) or to pocket some extra money and set it aside for a rainy day. You’ll also be able to browse a wider variety of trucks from various model years, possibly including limited edition models, and some people simply prefer the look and feel of a retro truck. You can find tens of thousands of examples of folks who have gotten over 200,000 miles out of their trucks, including over 150 trucks that have surpassed a million miles, so rest assured that if you go with a reliable model and take good care of it, you can get plenty of life out of your used truck.

A silver 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 TrailBoss is shown from the rear after leaving a Red Hook Chevy dealer.

Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevy Silverado is a full-size truck that’s highly capable and full of useful features. The 2023 model year that you can find at a Chevy Silverado 1500 dealer can tow up to 13,300 lbs when properly equipped, thanks to its powerful engine and tough construction. A variety of trim levels let you choose between a simple, no-frills Work Truck, a decked-out High Country with a luxurious cabin, and a rough-and-tumble ZR2, which can tackle all kinds of off-road adventures. For even more power, you can upgrade to the Silverado 3500 HD, which can handle up to 36,000 lbs of towing, so you can take your family camping trailer up to the Adirondacks or all the way out to the shores of Vacationland without having to leave any essentials behind.

Whether you go with light duty or heavy duty, the Silverado is available with all kinds of helpful technology. A top-notch infotainment system makes it easy to stay informed and entertained on the road. Newer models are available with the latest features, like built-in Google assistant, wireless phone connectivity, and a mobile WiFi hotspot. Go as far back as the 2017 model year, and you’ll still be able to find a Silverado that sports a responsive touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and satellite radio.

Chevrolet Colorado

The Colorado is a midsize truck that’s more nimble than the full-size Silverado, which can come in handy on the tight streets you often come across in the old river towns as well as on off-road trails with lots of twists and turns. It’s also more fuel efficient, so if you’re going to be putting a lot of miles on your truck, you can save a fair amount of money on gas, even if you don’t always cross the bridge to Jersey when it’s time to refuel. The Colorado can also be had in a range of trim levels and has been offering the off-road ZR2 trim for longer than the Silverado, so if you’re looking for a used truck that’s ready for adventure, this one is definitely worth considering.

Ford Trucks

If you’re browsing our used lot, you’ll come across more than just Chevy models, but you can still stick to all-American brands if you want to. Ford, for instance, offers several trucks that are well-built and worth considering. The full-size F-150 is a popular truck in this country, to say the least, and can handle plenty of towing and payload even if you don’t upgrade to the heavy-duty Ford F-250 or F-350. For a midsize option, Ford has the Ranger, which offers a smooth ride and a cozy cabin with decent towing capacity for its size. And if you want to go even smaller, Ford’s compact Maverick is sure to help you fit into tight parking spaces, though you’ll have to sacrifice capability in order to get that more petite body.

A gold 2020 Ford Ranger is shown from the front at an angle while off-road.

Classy Options

For drivers who want to make a good impression while meeting clients, impress their in-laws at airport pickups, or just take pride in a good-looking Chevy truck, there are plenty of options out there that have a little extra class. A Chevy Silverado High Country is one great choice, featuring a well-designed exterior and plenty of interior extras like real wood trim and leather seating. The GMC Canyon is also a nice-looking truck that features the same platform as the capable Chevy Colorado but has its own unique styling inside and out and is particularly luxurious in the top-level Denali trim. The Ram 1500 wasn’t originally known for its comfort or interior quality, but that changed in the 2019 model year, and Rams from that year and later are as sleek as they are tough.

Unique Offerings

Not all Red Hook drivers are the same, and if you march to the beat of your own drum, then you may want a more unique truck. If you’re an off-road enthusiast and want a truck that can really hold its own in the roughest of terrain, then you might want to consider a Jeep Gladiator, which is essentially the iconic Wrangler with a bed tacked onto the end. It won’t behave as well on paved roads as other trucks, but it can handle plenty of obstacles off-road, and the doors and roof are removable, so you can commune with the great outdoors. On the other hand, if you always stick to paved roads and care more about a smooth ride than having the highest towing capacity around, you can opt for a Honda Ridgeline, which has a unibody construction that gives it more car-like handling.

Get Your Next Truck Here at Ruge’s Chevrolet

New or used, full or midsize, light or heavy duty, we have all kinds of trucks here at Ruge’s Chevrolet. Our Millbrook dealership is conveniently located, so you can drive on over from Red Hook any time to take a test drive, browse our inventory, and come in for maintenance once you’re the proud owner of a capable truck. You can also browse our inventory from the comfort of your home here on our website or give us a call if you have any questions so that you’ll be fully informed by the time you visit. So contact us today and see why we’ve earned our sterling reputation for quality, reliability, and outstanding service.