Best Trucks for Towing

The Highest Towing-Capacity Pickup Trucks for 2021
February 27th, 2021

While many SUVs can handle moderate towing work, pickup trucks are the best vehicles for pulling truly heavy loads. Rugged body-on-frame construction gives pickups the strength to transport boats, trailers and campers without breaking a sweat. If you're shopping for the best pickup trucks for towing, Edmunds has you covered, whether you're looking for a midsize, large or heavy-duty workhorse.

Midsize pickups are generally good for smaller camper trailers, while large trucks can handle larger campers and heavy trailers. However, if you need to tow horse trailers or want the stability that a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch provides, you'll have to upgrade to a heavy-duty truck.

Each truck model is sold in a variety of cab, bed length, powertrain and axle-ratio configurations. We recommend consulting the manufacturers' towing guides to make sure the truck you're considering meets your needs.

Best Trucks for Towing for 2021

Edmunds rates trucks in the three categories mentioned above: midsize, large and heavy-duty. Midsize pickups are the smallest and least expensive of the lot, and they're suitable if you have modest towing needs. Large pickups are the most popular and strike a good balance between a relatively pleasant ride and high towing limits. Heavy-duty pickups typically trade ride comfort for greater towing capacity, although even these beasts are becoming more luxurious. The trucks below offer the best blend of towing capacity and passenger comfort in their respective classes, which will help you choose the right one for your needs.


Best Midsize Trucks for Towing

Starting price (including destination fee):
$27,595
Maximum towing capacity:
7,700 pounds
Maximum payload:
1,609 pounds
Combined mpg:
19-23

2021 GMC Canyon

Starting price (including destination fee):
$26,015
Maximum towing capacity:
7,500 pounds
Maximum payload:
1,860 pounds
Combined mpg:
19-23

2021 Ford Ranger


Best Large Trucks for Towing

Starting price (including destination fee):
$30,635
Maximum towing capacity:
14,000 pounds
Maximum payload:
3,325 pounds
Combined mpg:
13-25

2021 Ford F-150

Starting price (including destination fee):
$34,290
Maximum towing capacity:
12,750 pounds
Maximum payload:
2,300 pounds
Combined mpg:
12-26

2021 Ram 1500


Best Heavy-Duty Trucks for Towing

Starting price (including destination fee):
$36,040
Maximum towing capacity:
19,680 pounds
Maximum payload:
4,010 pounds

2021 Ram 2500

Starting price (including destination fee):
$37,240
Maximum towing capacity:
37,100 pounds
Maximum payload:
7,680 pounds

2021 Ram 3500

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Best Diesel Trucks for Towing

Starting price (including destination fee):
$41,275
Maximum towing capacity:
7,700 pounds
Maximum payload:
1,490 pounds
Combined mpg:
19-23

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel

Starting price (including destination fee):
$39,285
Maximum towing capacity:
12,560 pounds
Maximum payload:
2,040 pounds
Combined mpg:
24-26

2021 Ram 1500 Diesel

Starting price (including destination fee):
$49,435
Maximum towing capacity:
37,100 pounds
Maximum payload:
6,840 pounds

2021 Ram 3500 Diesel


Top Towing Features for Trucks

No matter the size class, modern pickup trucks offer many features that help make towing easier. Tailgate-mounted rearview cameras are standard, providing a clear view behind the truck while backing up. Many pickups offer a multi-angle trailer camera that gives a top-down view of the hitch to aid connection. While all rearview cameras display guidelines that span the width of the truck, some have a center line to help guide the hitch to a receiver. There are also available lights in the hitch area to help operators make a connection at night. Some manufacturers also offer a trailer camera connection. And as long as a trailer rearview camera is present and the trailer is connected properly, the trailer camera image can display in the cabin.

Some towing features are manufacturer-specific. Ram pickups can be equipped with a load-leveling air suspension, while Chevrolet and corporate cousin GMC offer sideview cameras that help monitor the trailer's position, as well as apps that aid the trailer-connection process.

Next Steps

No matter what you're looking to tow, there's likely a midsize, large or heavy-duty pickup that meets your needs. Be sure to read Edmunds' expert reviews, which provide an unbiased look at each truck and help you navigate through the seemingly endless number of possible truck combinations. After you make your decision, use Edmunds' unparalleled pricing and shopping tools to find a piece of inventory that matches the truck of your dreams.