4X4 Trucks Versus Lifted Trucks

4X4 Trucks Versus Lifted Trucks

4×4 trucks are a lot different from lifted trucks. Let me begin by explaining the major difference between the two. A 4×4 truck is manufactured as a 4×4 and a lifted truck has had a lift kit added to it to lift it higher off the ground.

With that said there is something about the strength of each of these vehicles that attracts their buyers. This along with the height of these trucks makes them appealing to drivers of all ages, shapes and sizes. I venture to guess it is the powerful feeling all the way around that draws people to purchase 4×4 trucks as well as the trucks with lift kits.

Let’s take a look at some of the differences between the two trucks.


To begin with because the lifted truck is a kit, you will most likely end up paying more because you will have to purchase the pickup as well as the lift kit, and then pay someone to install it for you. The cost of a 4×4 will run the buyer somewhere around $22,000 – $25,000, as it is, brand new.

However, there are quality used 4×4’s available for less money, and you can find one that runs almost as well as a brand new one.


The 4×4 models will run more smoothly down the highway than the lifted trucks do. The way the lifted trucks are made it is not as easy to accelerate to higher speeds as the standard 4×4 truck. The 4×4 trucks are a favorite amongst wilderness drivers. The ability to go off road in mud and snow attracts adventure seekers who love the outdoors.

Many drivers who own the higher trucks feel that they have an advantage on rough terrain over 4×4 trucks because of the additional height with the lift kit. Of course these same truck owners say that their truck doesn’t handle corners as well as the 4×4 trucks.

The Risk Factor

The standard manufactured 4×4 risk factor is lower than the lifted truck. The 4×4 really drives similar to a car with the agility equal to other vehicles. If you can drive a car you can drive a 4×4.

This cannot be said as easily with the lifted trucks.

Because of the height you have additional instability that you do not have with the regular 4×4. In fact, if you plan to purchase a truck that has a lift kit you will want to check with the state that you live in because different states have different laws as to how high you can have a truck lifted. This is due to the increased occurrences of rolling over the lifted truck.

You should consider these factors before choosing between the two of them. And make sure you drive the truck before buying it to see how it handles. These are a few of the differences between a 4×4 trucks versus a lifted truck.