The specifications and price ranges for commercial trucks depend on the size of the vehicles, but one example is a 2015 Peterbilt 389 conventional sleeper truck, which sells for $175,875, as of 2015. The truck features 550 horse power, 18 speeds, a front axle weight of 12,000 pounds and a rear axle weight of 40,000. It can tow up to 80,000 pounds.
Commercial trucks are graded as light, medium and heavy duty, and they are available both new and used. Light-duty trucks have a payload capacity of 1,500 to 3,000 pounds and a towing capacity of 12,000 pounds. Examples of light-duty trucks include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Ford F-150, Dodge Ram 1500, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra.
Heavy-duty trucks have a payload capacity of over 6,500 pounds, which is basically anything that can fit into the bed. Heavy-duty trucks also feature a towing capacity of over 20,000 pounds. Examples of heavy-duty trucks include the Ford F-250 and F-350, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500, and the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500. Medium-duty trucks fall between the other two. Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford also make models in this range.
Another factor affecting the price and specifications of commercial truck is its use. Flatbed, dump, fuel and sleeper trucks have different specifications and are typically far more expensive.