If you want to tow a travel trailer, horse trailer, or boat for the weekend, you need the best car. A couple of decades ago, towing a trailer was the job for full-size pick-up trucks, but not anymore. With a mid-size or large SUV, you can tow everything from a travel trailer to a horse trailer.
If you have a travel trailer weighing 4,500 pounds when empty, it can weigh over 5,000 pounds when filled with food, clothing, and more. In fact, the total weight of the trailer can hit 6,000 to 7,000 pounds. With a mid-size SUV such as a Dodge Durango or a large SUV like the Chevrolet Tahoe, you can tow your trailer with ease. If you buy your truck new, you won’t have to spend much on maintenance for years other than to wash your car.
In this article, we focus on the 5 best trucks to two your trailer with.
#1. Chevrolet Tahoe – $59,200
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is bigger, better, and more spacious. It has a maximum towing capacity of 8,400 pounds. The all-new SUV with two-wheel drive comes with a 5.3L Ecotec3 V8 engine with dynamic fuel management. The engine can produce up to 355 horsepower and 383lb-ft of torque.
It has an independent rear suspension with Magnetic Ride Control and Four Corner air ride adaptive suspension. As the most advanced suspension system, it can adjust suspension to driving conditions by optimizing ride height. By changing the ride height, it provides more clearance when driving on rough terrain. For improved efficiency and enhanced aerodynamics, the system will lower the suspension.
It has a 10.2 inch diagonal Chevrolet infotainment system where you can access the Advanced Trailering System. This is an in-vehicle app that enables you to customize trailer profiles. It also allows you to check trailer tire pressure, monitor its temperature, and more.
#2. Chevrolet Silverado – $29,300
If you’re looking to tow up to 9,500 pounds, then the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado is for you. The standard version comes with the Duramax 3.0-liter Turbo diesel engine capable of producing 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. There are 5 more engine versions ranging from 2.7-liter Turbo to the 6.2 liter V8.
It has up to 15 camera views which is more than most SUVs and pickups. Thanks to the camera views, it makes towing easy – from hitching to driving and parking. It also has the Advanced Trailering System, an in-vehicle app that enables you to customize trailer profiles. You can also sync the trailer profiles with your myChevrolet mobile app.
#3. RAM 1500 – $32,795
Another workhorse for towing trailers is the 2021 RAM 1500. It comes with the standard 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine that sports 305 horsepower and 269 lb-feet of torque. Other engine options include the Hemi V8 and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. Combine any of these engines with the pick-up’s multifunction tailgate and watch how easy it can tow your truck.
Since 98% of the frame is high-strength steel, the pick-up truck can deliver a maximum towing capacity of up to 12,700. This is more than the Ford Expedition, Dodge Durango, and Chevrolet Tahoe. To get that kind of towing capacity, you need the RAM 1500 version with a 5.3-liter V8 engine.
#4. Ford Expedition – $50,595
With plenty of space for cargo and best-in-class towing, the 2021 Ford Expedition is the workhorse you need. There are nine models with the XL STX starting at $50,595. All nine models have a 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 engine with a maximum towing capacity of 9,000.
The Expedition 4X2 has a towing capacity of 9,300 pounds, while the Expedition 4X4 has a towing capacity of 9,200 pounds. To tow more than 9,000 pounds, you need to equip the Expedition with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Package. It has a 5 passenger seating capacity with plenty of space over three expansive rows.
#5. Dodge Durango – $32,570
The 2021 Dodge Durango is another must-have SUV for towing trailers. With a supercharged 6.2 liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, it has 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. As such, it can tow up to 8,700 pounds. This all-wheel-drive SUV is a mighty muscle masterpiece that should not be overlooked.
The SUV also comes with the signature Dodge LED racetrack tail lamp. The automatic headlamps activate when you need them. This offers maximum visibility during night driving. It has daytime running lamps which ensures that other drivers see your vehicle.
Travel trailers take family vacations to a new level. Naturally, if you have a trailer, you need a vehicle to tow it. The RAM 1500 with a 5.3-liter V8 engine has a towing capacity of 12,700 pounds which is among the highest in the pickup class.
It’s followed by the Chevrolet Silverado with a towing capacity of 9,500 pounds. In the SUV class, the Ford Expedition has the highest towing capacity at 9,000 pounds. It is followed by Dodge Durango at 8,700 pounds and Chevrolet Tahoe at 8,400 pounds.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that needs no additional package, choose the Chevrolet Silverado.