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Heavy loads are no match for these top SUVs for towing.

Best Small SUVs for Towing | CarMax

Whether you need to tow a boat, camper, trailer, or anything in between — having a vehicle with a respectable towing capacity is a must. If you think getting a vehicle with a high towing capacity automatically means buying a truck, you may want to think again. These days, more vehicle manufacturers are creating SUVs that can tow nearly as much as a pick-up truck. You can enjoy the comfort, convenience, and versatility of an SUV while still being able to tow just about anything you may have in mind.

Looking for the best SUVs for towing? Check out our list of best SUVs that can tow, based on CarMax vehicle data and towing capacity data from nadaguides.com1:

5. 2015 Buick Enclave 3.6L - Estimated 4,500 lbs.

Best Small SUVs  for Towing: Buick Enclave | CarMax

4. (TIE) 2015-2016 Ford Explorer 3.5-L, 2014-2015 Infiniti QX60 3.5L, 2017 Kia Sorento 3.30L & 2014-2015 Nissan Pathfinder 3.5L - Estimated 5,000 lbs.

Best Small SUVs  for Towing: Kia Sorento | CarMax

3. (TIE) 2015 Chevrolet Traverse 3.6L & 2015 GMC Acadia 3.6L - Estimated 5,200 lbs.

Best Small SUVs  for Towing: Chevrolet Traverse | CarMax

2. (TIE) 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L - Estimated 6,200 lbs.

Best Small SUVs  for Towing: Jeep Grand Cherokee | CarMax

1. 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML350 3.5L - Estimated 6,600 lbs.

Best Small SUVs  for Towing: Mercedes-Benz ML350 | CarMax

You may not need a pick-up truck to do some serious heavy lifting. Whether you're in the market for a practical powerhouse (such as the Ford Explorer) or something with more bells and whistles (like the luxurious Buick Enclave), this list proves that you have plenty of options. With towing capacities ranging anywhere from an estimated 4,500 to 6,600 lbs. (when properly equipped),1 you can feel more confident hooking up your boat, trailer, camper, or other load to any of these SUVs.

Many of these vehicles come with features that can make your driving experience even more enjoyable. Spacious and comfortable interior cabins make for a smooth and quiet ride for the entire family, while tech features like rearview cameras and smartphone integration are also becoming standard on many of today's SUVs.

Looking to do a little more research before you make your decision based on SUV towing capacity? Check out these related articles:

1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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