My kids adore outdoor play.
When Little Tikes offered to let Ethan review the Cozy Truck we eagerly said YES!
This roomy pickup truck is the perfect ride for hard-working kids!
- Includes flatbed with a drop-down tailgate
- Includes rugged “off-road” wheels
- Working gas cap opens and closes
- Steering wheel with a working horn
- Distinctive truck styling with a realistic front grill
- Driver’s door opens and closes
- Easy assembly
- Weight limit up to 50 lbs
As is typical of our UPS deliveries, the box arrived tattered and partially open…
but everything was still there and in good shape. Phew!
The assembly process was a little awkward because it happened to be ultra windy the day we decided to do assemble it in the driveway. Even if we had done it indoors, it was a two man job at certain points.
All of the pieces went together smoothly and the instructions were very easy to read and follow. I did use my husband’s drill with screwdriver attachment to speed the screw installation (if you have access to one, it helps a lot). I think the biggest obstacle I had was getting the wheels in correctly. It was one of the final steps and I was wind whipped and tired, so it’s probably normally not a big deal.
I was finally into the decorating phase of the assembly process when Ethan decided he couldn’t take it any longer… he had to take it for a spin. I decided that if he didn’t care if the car was decorated, what the heck.
As you can see, big sister Emma was a little jealous of Ethan’s new ride. She was checking out the tailgate and figured out that it is just the perfect size for her little rump. I’m not sure if it was intended for a spare seat, but Emma has been seen many times taking a ride in the bed of the truck.
We have always loved Little Tikes toys. Their style and durability make their price well worth the investment. The Cozy Truck didn’t disappoint. It is very well constructed and a little roomier than the Cozy Coupe.
Our only complaint about construction is that our door seems to be a bit too big for the area provided and won’t shut all the way. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was assembler error, though. I wouldn’t allow that fact to hinder me in recommending this toy. Ethan asks to ride in it every time we go out front and he spends quite a bit of time navigating the cal-de-sac while tooting the horn on the steering wheel.
The Cozy Truck is rated for ages 1 1/2 to 5. When they are younger you can install the floorboard (the big grey piece in the second photo) so that their feet don’t touch the ground. On the back of the hood of the truck there is a slat for parents to get a grip to push or pull (see photo above).
As far as the higher end of the age group, I have talked to other parents that say their older children (even over 5 y/o) still play with their Cozy Coupe. Ethan is almost 3, weighs about 34 pounds and is about 38 inches tall. His feet hang up when getting in and out of the truck and I can foresee frustration and difficulty in getting in and out when he gets closer to 4 1/2 and 5. I have contemplated the possibility of taking the hood of the truck off if that became an issue and he still wanted to play with it. I guess we will cross that bridge when we come to it.
You can purchase the Little Tikes Cozy Truck for $79.99
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