Best Cars for Towing Capacity

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, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2013

Whether you’re towing a boat, camper, travel trailer or a load for work, you need a vehicle that can safely haul whatever you can throw at it. The last thing you want is to worry about damaging the engine or transmission because your vehicle isn’t up to the task. To help you have piece of mind, as well as a safe trip, here are five vehicles in different classes that offer outstanding towing capacity.

Ford F-150

There’s a reason the F-150 was named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for 2012. Regardless of whether you opt for the EcoBoost V6 or the V8, the F-150 scored points for it’s impressive towing capacity and payload ability. As a matter of fact, this is one truck that actually seems to ride more comfortably the more it's loaded down. With the ability to tow up to 11,300 lbs., not to mention impressive fuel economy, the F-150 is hard to beat.

2013 Subaru Outback

If you’re tired of SUVs that look more at home in the city than in the country or on the open road, and long for the days of muscular looking SUVs, then the Nissan Armada may be just what you’re looking for. Although it has a boxy, muscular design on the outside, the inside is still packed with premium technology and comfort features to keep the entire family happy. Add 9,000 lbs. of towing capacity and the Armada proves it’s muscular nature is more than skin deep.

Ford Explorer

One of the long-time leaders in the SUV market, the Ford Explorer is iconic in its segment. The new Explorer is, in many ways, a departure from previous models, and for most drivers that’s a good thing. Sleeker lines, unibody design, high-tech features, comfortable ride and impressive fuel economy make the Explorer a versatile SUV. Properly equipped, the Explorer also boasts a 5,000 lbs. tow capacity.

Jeep Wrangler

There’s no denying the role the Jeep Wrangler has played in popularizing off-road four wheeling. With 70 years of 4x4 engineering behind it, the Wrangler stands in a class by itself. What many don’t realize, however, is that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers a very healthy towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.

Subaru Outback

Subaru was one of the pioneers of the all-wheel drive market, and is still a favorite among buyers who want a versatile vehicle that still offers respectable off-road capability and bad weather handling. In spite of its “car” image, the Subaru Outback is no slouch in the towing department. Properly equipped, a V6 Outback can tow up to 3,000 lbs.

, Automotive Editor

Writing professionally since 1999, Matt Milano has covered the automotive industry extensively, writing about the latest technologies, makes and models the industry has to offer. 

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