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Top 15 Trucks for Towing

Men need cars that function. We need cars that do things. We need cars that resemble us. A strong and powerful man will throw another man over his shoulder and carry him the rest of the way, and a strong and powerful car will latch another onto its back and carry it as far as it needs to go. Some SUVs can do a little bit of towing. But when you need a heavy-duty tow, you appeal to the truck. As we consider these trucks, the question that we are asking is which is the strongest. Which of these trucks is most like us? Which resembles our strength and our power?
1. 2015 GMC SIERRA 3500HD
With 297 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque, this heavy duty truck is finely-tuned for the man who needs a tow. It is featured with boats that weigh up 20,000 pounds and trailers that weigh up to 23,000 pounds. Since we all know how stressful carrying that kind of load can be, this model features trailering technology. By implementing some of the most sophisticated engineering of the day, this pickup truck is not only strong, but also smart. It features Digital Steering Assist, sway control, Hill Start Assist, which will hold the breaks to allow you the time that you need to switch to the accelerator, a rearview camera, and a close monitoring system of your trailers’ breaks. With this model, you have both power and control.
2. 2015 FORD F-450 SUPER DUTY
Ford is has a reputation for its’ trucks, and the F450 had not left consumers disappointed. It delivers a jarringly impressive 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque, powered by a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine. The F-450 leads its’ class with a trailer towing capacity of 31,200 pounds and a gross combined weight of up to 40,000 pounds. Since this is a truck that is meant for towing, Ford has improved upon every generation. Between 2005 to 2015, the Ford F series has upgraded by 115 horsepower, 290 torque and 17,000 pounds of overall towing capacity. Not only that, but the steering has stronger gears and the brakes feature and antilock calibration. Further, the F-450 has upgraded U-joints and suspensions. Ford’s ability to adapt itself to the best available technology and to build on future generations is precisely why it is has such a good reputation among truck owners.

3. 2015 DODGE RAM 3500 HD

The Ram is another heavy-duty, steel frame truck that will boggle the minds of SUV owners. With 383 horsepower and 400 lb-feet of torque, the Ram makes no compromises with performance. It tows up to 31,210 pounds and even has the option for additional torque over a long RPM range. It features several amenities meant to improve pulling, such as heavy-duty hooks. Truck drivers do not need to worry if their hooks can sustain so much weight. The Ram also features an easily accessible TOW/HAUL mode to maximize strength and engine power. It comes equipped with certain tech that is exclusive to Ram meant to optimize towing conditions. Such exclusive tech includes active air intake, which allows the driver to control where the air in the valve system is pulled from. Ram owners can boast of an impressive towing capacity and some unique tech in their towing experience.


With its’ 5.7 liter V8 engine, the Tundra delivers 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. It can pull a 10,500 pound trailer, a family fishing boat or pallet of lumber. The Tundra even has front and rear shocks to navigate you safely through rugged trails. Since the developers at Tundra focus on safety, the recognize the importance of brake control when towing. They have installed Integrated Trailer Brake Control. This means that when your Tundra stops, your load will stop safely as well. This new system allows the driver to adjust the amount of brake to be applied to the load based on the weight. In this way, you will have as much control as you need to prevent an accident. The rational consumers are raving about this powerful truck.


If you are carrying a load with an older model, you would have to do a lot of preparation. You would have to consider the potential hills that you might confront you and find routes to navigate around them. You would need to consider that as you are going downhill, your load might begin to behave in compromising ways. The 2015 Nissan Tundra resolves that problem with hill control. The driver need only flip the switch to control the brakes. Since the Titan has 310 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque, it has a towing capacity of 12,300 pounds. The 6-speed automatic transmission partners nicely with the TOW/HAUL mode meant to optimize the pickup’s towing powering. Another problem consumers face is checking the brake lights on their trailer. The Titan allows the user to check them using the Nissan Intelligent Key. Now, even when you are towing by yourself, you will know if your backlights are working and safety will be enhanced.

6. 2016 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500

Offering a brilliant blend of tech and power, the 2016 Silverado is one pickup that has consumers glowing. Inspiring a host of positive reviews, the Silverado can boast of 420 horsepower, 460 lb-feet of torque and a 12,000 pound towing capacity. It further implements a rear vision camera, so that the driver will know if something is amiss. This monitoring system will enhance safety and put the drivers’ mind at ease so they can focus on the road. Further, like other models, it has hill assistance and trailer sway control. Now their trailer will remain under the control of the driver at all times. With auto-grade braking and 4-wheel disc brakes, the driver can feel secure that the trailer will stop when the car stops. This brilliant employment of tech should encourage any driver to consider the Silverado as one of the chiefs among towing cars.


Boasting of a V6 engine, the Tacoma guarantees 236 horsepower and 266 lb-feet of torque. It has a total towing capacity of 6400 pounds. Like many of the other models, it has implemented the latest technology, such as a trailer sway system to maximize safety and offer the driver the control that they need. The Tacoma also has a reversing camera, which will be necessary for parking with a trailer.


As a brand that focuses on muscle, the 2016 Nissan Frontier packs a 4.0 liter V6 engine with 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque and can haul up to 6500 pounds. This will make it an ideal choice for transporting lumber or a ski boat. While you are towing, you can expect to use the latest technology to optimize your safety and control. When you sit on the top of a hill, gravity may begin to draw your vehicle backwards if you have a load attached to it. The Frontier guards against that with hill start assist. It holds brake pressure and allows the driver to switch to the accelerator quickly. The Frontier is a great choice to preserve safety.

9. 2016 FORD F-350 XL

Like its’ cousin mentioned above, the Ford F-350 XL is a super duty truck meant to handle a heavy load. With a 6.2 Liter V8 engine, the F-350 demonstrates 385 horsepower and 403 lbs-ft of torque. By automatically adjusting the engine power and engaging selective braking, the F-350 is designed to give the driver control and stability while towing. Behind the wheel of the F-350, the driver will have a measure of confidence that can only come with such a high-class vehicle. This will result in better driving and optimal safety.

10. 2016 DODGE RAM 2500

Impressing critics with 410 horsepower and 429 lb-feet of torque, the 2500 has a towing capacity of 17,980 pounds. This is the highest among diesel fueled vehicles. Since it comes with an anti-spin rear differential, the pickup will remain under the control of the driver even in difficult conditions. Further, the heavy-duty trailer hitch can handle up to 18,000 pounds without breaking off. Everything about this truck characterizes what it means to be heavy-duty.

11. 2016 GMC SIERRA 2500

With a 4.3 liter EcoTec V6 engine, the Sierra offers 355 horsepower and 383 pounds of torque and can haul up to 1800 pounds. The braking system even has three unique features that will give the driver confidence in their safety. First, the Sierra will use negative torque to slow the vehicle down when an adjustment of speed is needed. Second, Grade braking senses when you need to slow down and will adjust the car to your desired speed. Third, the brake rotors will guard against corrosion. The Sierra is designed with both safety and power in mind, compromising neither.


The Silverado offers a blend of power and tech. Developers employed state of the art engineering with their Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 engine yielding 360 horsepower and 380 torque. It achieves a maximum payload over 3534 pounds. With electronic controls, it offers the driver stability even at high speeds. It is finely-tuned to address and traverse the struggles that consumers have when they are hauling a load.
13. 2016 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY
The F-250 is another of Ford’s super duty trucks. It can handle up to 14,000 pounds. This is powered by the 6.2 liter V8 engine generating 385 horsepower and 405 pound of torque. The F-250 integrates the latest tech, such as roll stability and trailer sway control. It has shock absorbers, stabilizers, and most importantly, trailer brake control. As par for Ford trucks, the F-250 is one of the optimal trucks on the road for towing.

14. 2016 FORD F-150

The F-150 is a truck for the working man. It is designed to be a powerful resource to do the job that you need. Whether hauling lumber or traveling between different job sites, the F-150 is the pickup truck that you want. With features such as the Back-up Assist, completing tasks that are traditionally difficult in pickups such as backing up are simplified. Ford has reduced it down to the turning of a knob. Further, there is no compromise of power of in the 2016 F-150. The 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine generates 385 horsepower and can haul up to 9100 pounds.
As the Motor Trend truck of the year in both 2015 and 2016, the Chevy Colorado has much to boast about, not the least of which is in its’ towing capacity and power. The 3.6 liter V6 engine offers a admirable fuel efficiency at 31 MPG on the highway. But that is not to the detriment of power, as it offers up to 305 horsepower and 369 lb-feet of torque. This allows the truck to haul 7600 pounds. The Chevy Colorado is truly one of the best available trucks for hauling a load.

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