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What Are the Best Trucks For Towing?

March 31, 2022

If you're anything like us, you spend a fair amount of your life in your truck. After all, it's basically your home away from home - as the saying goes, you can race a house, but you can't sleep in your truck. Or something.

Today, we've got a fun one for you - we'll be going over our top truck picks if you're looking to tow a trailer. So line the tongue up, criss-cross the safety chains, and let's get into it!


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Criteria For Finding the Best Truck For Towing

Right then, into the list - we understand that everyone's towing needs might be a little different from each other. Sure, you could tow with a midsize truck, but it won't float a 40-foot triple axle gooseneck down the road with 20,000 pounds behind it unless something went horribly wrong.

For this reason, we'll be breaking this piece into five categories including the following:

  • Best Midsize Truck
  • Best Full-Size Truck
  • Best Diesel Truck
  • Best Dually Truck
  • Best Overall

Now that we've laid the groundwork, let's see which truck model is best for each platform!

Modded 2020 Chevrolet Colorado with Moto Metal MO970 Wheels

Best Midsize Truck For Towing - Chevrolet Colorado

Kicking it off on today's list is the midsize truck category, and surprisingly enough, there's actually quite a bit of competition here. Trucks like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier all pack a punch when it comes to performance for your dollar - taking the cake in this category, though, is the one and only Chevy Colorado.

The back-to-back winner of the Truck Of The Year awards in 2015 and 2016, the Colorado packs quite a punch when it comes to overall performance. Offered with several different engine options, including a 3.6L V6 that puts out 306 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, the Colorado has quite a bit of muscle behind it.

If the V6 isn't enough for you, however, you can choose to option up to the 2.8L Turbo-Diesel Inline 4, which only produces 186 horsepower but makes up for it with a massive 369 pound-feet of torque. All of this rolls up into the fact that for mid-sized trucks, the Chevy Colorado is rated to tow 7,700 pounds - this makes it the best option if you want to tow trailers while retaining a small form factor.


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Modded 2021 Ford F-150 with Fuel Maverick wheels

Best Full-Size Truck For Towing - Ford F-150

Moving along, we're stepping into the full-size truck world - if you thought the mid-sized truck market has a lot of competition, the full-size landscape is fierce. RAM, Chevy, and GM all make solid options in this market, and even import brands like Toyota and Nissan come out to play in their own rights - the Tundra and Titan are both solid options for a full-sized truck.

However, when it comes to the best full-sized truck for towing, look no further than the All-American Ford F-150. The F-150 is America's best-selling pickup truck of all time, and for good reason - it has a long record of both dependability and reliability. Offered with six different engine configurations, the F-150 is sure to check every box you may need from a half-ton truck.

If you're new to the trailer game, the F-150 also offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which includes an intuitive little dial on your dash that helps take all the guesswork out of backing a trailer. Experienced or not, the F-150 is sure to turn some heads and keep the tires rolling as you're towing, no matter what you decide to put behind it.


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2021 RAM 2500 with Moto Metal MO962 Wheels

Best Diesel Truck For Towing - RAM 2500 & 3500

Up next on the list is the best Diesel, and no, sadly it's not an LBZ. Again, there's strong competition when it comes to the best diesel truck on the market, and the RAM 2500 and 3500 models really shine through here. They both offer a towing capacity of over 19,000 pounds, by pairing a six-speed automatic transmission with the iconic Cummins turbo diesel engine under the hood.

This 6.7L monster mixes 370 horsepower and 850 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to put you back in your seat or tow pretty much anything you could want to put behind the truck, except for maybe a house - the jury's still out on a mobile home, though.

This powerhouse engine/transmission combo also happens to come with one of the best interiors on the market, with RAM being known for the high-quality interior experiences you'll find on all their trucks - of course, who could forget that massive, iPad sized dash display? Regardless of what you're looking for, you can likely find it in a fifth-gen RAM, which is why we've chosen it for our best diesel.


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2017 Ford F-450 Super Duty

Best Dually Truck For Towing - Ford F-450

Getting a little wide in the hips now, we're diving into the best Dually on the market. As we get into some of these larger trucks, competition seems to slim down a bit, with only really the big three - that's Ford, Chevy, and RAM - even playing in this field. Still, even with only a few options, it's still a pretty tough game.

When it comes to towing, though, the clear winner is the Ford F-450. Currently, the truck industry is in the middle of a massive torque war, and all the big three brands are meeting after school to brag about who has the most torque output on their heavy-duty trucks. The Ford F-450 wins this round, being able to produce 475 horsepower and an absolutely absurd 1,050 pound-feet of torque - that's not a typo, ladies and gentlemen. That's actively insane.

All that is cool and all, but it doesn't mean anything if the truck's not rated to go the distance. Good news! The F-450 is rated for a max towing capacity of 37,000 pounds, which means that you can basically hook up that whole house we talked about earlier and tow it down the road - just that simple.


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2020 GMC Sierra 1500 with Fuel Contra wheels

Best Truck Overall For Towing - Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra

Alright - so we've covered mid-size and full-size. We've covered diesel trucks and we've even covered duallys. But what if you were looking for one truck that's the best overall pick for towing? Looking for a truck that's maneuverable but still functional, a truck that would make a great daily driver, but also have the torque to get you and your trailer wherever you want to go.

Look no further than the Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra - it's no secret that over the last two decades, these GM half-ton trucks have been a solid choice when it comes to overall quality. GM's LS Series engines have long been a fantastic option when it comes to picking up a truck that was more capable than your average Joe. No, it won't tow 30,000 pounds, but not many of us need that kind of power anyway.

The fact remains that the new GM trucks are actually as well-equipped as their predecessors, with the 2020 Silverado 1500 offering a towing capacity of up to 12,100 pounds - combine this with unique styling cues, and this truck is just an overall solid buy, and our pick for the best overall truck for all your towing needs.

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