These seven trucks are popular with CarMax customers for their ability to pull boats, trailers, or campers with plenty of grunt left over for families or work crews.
Very similar to the Chevrolet Silverado 3500, the Sierra 3500 also has plenty to offer. Drivers have many options available to them, including three different cab styles and three different engines. One option is a 6.6-liter turbodiesel engine that gives drivers 765 lb-ft of torquey pulling power. The dual-rear-wheeled Sierra can tow up to 23,200 pounds and carry more than 7,000 pounds in the bed. Horse trailers, boats, and construction equipment are no problem for the Sierra 3500.
With a minimum towing capacity of 13,000 pounds, the Silverado 3500’s turbodiesel engine has serious power—a massive 900 lb-ft of torque, to be exact. This big pickup can tow up to 23,000 pounds in its six-tired, dually configuration, and the steel frame is sturdy enough to support more than 7,200 pounds in the truck bed. Even with all its power, the Silverado is quiet inside for passengers and well-mannered on the road.
The F-250 is the heavy duty entry point for Ford’s F-series trucks. Under the hood, the F-250’s options include either a diesel or a gasoline engine that offers a minimum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds. The F-250 Platinum diesel engine is powerful—up to 925 lb-ft of torque at 1800 rpm. This big pickup is known for being sturdy, and its body panels are made of high-grade aluminum. Open the doors and be greeted by leather seats and plenty of storage. This truck also offers a surprisingly quiet cabin.
The four-door, crew cab Dodge Ram 2500 is a step up from its smaller Ram 1500 counterpart, and its towing ability is superior to the 1500’s. With a turbodiesel engine that puts out 400 lb-ft of torque, the Ram 2500 ST can pull 14,650 pounds, and carry nearly 4,000 pounds in its bed. Not only is the Ram 2500 powerful—it’s also comfortable. Rated highly for its well-appointed interior, this truck makes going to work every day or going on long road trips an enjoyable experience for up to six passengers.
Available with a more affordable price tag, the GMC Sierra 2500 certainly has plenty of power on tap. With its standard 5.3-liter V8 engine, the SLE can tow a minimum of 15,600 pounds. However, drivers have the option of upgrading to the powerfully torquey (765 lb-ft) turbodiesel engine. The SLE is stylish, with a sculpted chrome front bumper and grille that contribute to the truck’s aggressive look. On the inside are heated seats, a backup camera, and touchscreen radio. Drivers have many options for making this truck their own, including three different cab styles, regular or long beds, and two- or four-wheel drive.
The Dodge Ram 3500 has made a name for itself as one of the most powerful and highly rated trucks out there, and with good reason. Boasting a minimum towing capacity of 17,160 pounds, the Ram 3500 Tradesman could tow an elephant and still have extra capacity for a couple of motorcycles. A two-wheel drive, long bed, “dually” Tradesman with a crew cabin has a maximum towing capacity of a whopping 29,360 pounds. The dually truck’s double set of rear tires puts more rubber on the road—crucial for towing bigger loads. All of this is made possible by the 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine that generates more than 800 lb-ft of torque. Still, the 3500 driver doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort for power. Both the crew cab and Mega Cab body styles offer plenty of legroom for all passengers, front- and rear-seat heat, and optional leather throughout.