Top 7 Trucks for Towing


Top 7 Trucks for Towing: Hero | CarMax

Heavy hitters for some serious towing.

When you need power to pull trailers, haul boats, or tow other heavy loads, a pickup truck is an ideal choice. Potent gas or diesel engines and large cabs make these types of trucks great for getting a crew to the job site or ferrying around the family on weekends. Whether for work or play, a pickup truck is well-suited to the task.

To get you started on your search, we've compiled a list of the seven top trucks for towing, based on CarMax sales data from December 1, 2020, through May 31, 2021.

  1. GMC Sierra 2500

  2. Ram 2500

  3. Ford F-250

  4. GMC Sierra 3500

  5. Chevrolet Silverado 3500

  6. Ford F-350

  7. Ram 3500


GMC Sierra 2500

Built on a sturdy box frame and powered by either a V8 or diesel engine, the 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 2500 is designed to handle almost any job. Get a taste of luxury with the 2017-2019 GMC Sierra Denali, which is loaded with comfortable leather seats, impressive infotainment features, and a premium Bose® sound system. The 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 2500 with the 6.6L diesel engine can tow an estimated 14,500 lbs, when properly equipped.1

The base model 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 2500 includes:

  • A 6.0L Vortec V8 engine making 330 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque

  • Trailer sway control

  • Cruise control

  • Teen driver technology

You can shop for the 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 2500 in a regular, extended, or crew cab with seating for up to six. Get your off-road fix with the optional X package on the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 All Terrain, which includes skid plates and a bed-mounted sport bar.


Ram 2500

A stylish take on the heavy-duty pickup truck, the 2017-2019 Ram 2500 features an impressive selection of engines, like Hemi® gas or Cummins® diesel powerplants. The base 5.7L Hemi V8 is no slouch, providing 385 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Get a level on things with the self-leveling four-corner air suspension, available on all but the Power Wagon trim. There's 800 lb-ft of torque available from the 6.7L Cummins diesel engine, which is optional on the 2017-2019 Ram 2500. This capable engine boasts an estimated towing capacity of 17,980 lbs, when properly equipped.1

The base-model 2017-2019 Ram 2500 Tradesman includes:

  • Six-speaker audio system (crew cab models)

  • Cruise control

  • USB charge port and input jack

  • Class V hitch receiver with a 4/7-pin connector

An impressive list of luxurious features greets you in the 2017-2019 Ram 2500 Limited trim, like a leather-accented interior, 8.4-inch touchscreen, wood detailing, and unique saddlebag-style seatback storage.


Ford F-250

Completely redesigned for 2017, the Ford F-250 is a modern truck filled with helpful features. For example, military-grade aluminum-alloy body panels help reduce weight, boosting towing from an estimated 16,600 lbs on 2016 models to an impressive estimated 18,600 lbs for 2017 (when properly equipped).1 As you drive, you can view all the angles from several cameras in critical locations, including down the side, at the bumper, and above the bed. The 2017-2019 Ford F-250 Power Stroke® 6.7L diesel makes a whopping 925 lb-ft of torque and can tow an estimated 18,600 lbs, when properly equipped.1

Some standard features you'll get on the 2017-2019 Ford F-250 include:

  • A 6.2L V8 engine with 385 hp

  • A 2.5-inch hitch receiver and 4/7-pin connector

  • AM/FM stereo four-speaker sound system (six speakers in extended cab)

  • Manual-telescoping tow mirrors

There are lots of features in the 2017-2019 F-250 that can make towing easier. For example, multiple cameras make hitching up a gooseneck or other trailer a breeze. In addition, the available blind-spot monitoring can extend to include a conventional trailer. Finally, the infotainment system can directly display tire pressure and camera information from compatible trailers that support it.


GMC Sierra 3500

Ready to tackle even the heaviest jobs, the 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 3500 is an excellent choice. Power comes from a standard 6.0L Vortec V8 engine or an available Duramax® 6.6L diesel engine and Allison® six-speed automatic transmission. Go wherever life calls in the 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 3500 All Terrain, or pamper yourself in the luxurious Denali model. The dual-rear-wheel 2017-2019 GMC Sierra with the 6.6L diesel engine can tow an estimated 20,000 lbs, when properly equipped.1

The base-model 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 3500 has all the bases covered, including:

  • Trailer sway control

  • Cruise control

  • Corner step rear bumper

  • AM/FM radio with four speakers (six speakers in extended cab)

The 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 3500 can be equipped with dual rear wheels for maximum payload and towing. Three cab types are available; you'll find plenty of space for your whole group in the crew cab, which seats up to six passengers.


Chevrolet Silverado 3500

There's more than one way to do a job, and the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 has the adaptability you're after. There are four trims available, from the practical Work Truck to the luxurious High Country. A 360 hp 6.0L V8 gas engine is standard, but the 6.6L diesel engine is excellent for towing, making 910 lb-ft of torque. With dual rear wheels and the 6.6L diesel engine, the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 can tow an estimated 20,000 lbs when properly equipped.1

The standard 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 truck includes:

  • Rearview camera

  • Trailer sway control

  • Cruise control

  • Teen driver technology

  • Integrated trailer brake controller

When shopping for a 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 3500, you can double down on the payload with available dual rear wheels. There's room for the whole family, thanks to three cab lengths: regular, double, and crew. A six- or eight-foot bed is available in any cab configuration, giving you space for even the biggest payloads.


Ford F-350

The 2017-2019 Ford F-350 builds on a strong heritage and a high-strength steel frame as the foundation for an impressive pickup truck for towing. The F-350 is loaded with valuable features that make towing more straightforward, like surround cameras (Lariat and higher) and trailer blind-spot monitoring (available on any trim). With dual rear wheels and the 6.7L diesel engine, the 2017-2019 Ford F-350 can tow an estimated 32,000 lbs when properly equipped.1

Standard features on the 2017-2019 Ford F-350 include:

  • Integrated trailer brake controller (dual rear wheel)

  • AM/FM stereo four-speaker sound system (six speakers in extended cab)

  • Manual-telescoping tow mirrors

  • Automatic headlights

Live like a king in the 2017-2019 Ford F-350 King Ranch trim. With a western-themed luxurious interior inspired by a legendary Texas ranch, this trim is loaded with multi-contour seats, LED lighting, a 10-speaker Sony® sound system, and leather seats.


Ram 3500

Powered by a 6.7L Cummins diesel and dual rear wheels, the 2017-2019 Ram 3500 pulls off some impressive towing and payload figures. That diesel and dual rear-wheel combination can tow an estimated 31,210 lbs, when properly equipped.1 Practical touches includes the available RamBox® system, building lockable storage into the walls of the bed. LED bed lights and fold-flat second-row seats on Big Horn and higher trims round out this functional truck.

The 2017-2019 Ram 3500 base model includes:

  • Six-speaker audio system (crew cab models)

  • Cruise control

  • USB charge port and input jack

  • Class V hitch receiver with a 4/7-pin connector

Buying a heavy-duty truck doesn't mean sacrificing modern tech features. The 2017-2019 Ram 3500 SLT includes a five-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth® capability, satellite radio, and USB charge ports. Or choose the Laramie Longhorn to get an 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation and a premium surround-sound system.

Whatever you need to tow, there are many trucks up to the task. By combining useful towing technology, modern amenities, and spacious interiors, these trucks are great for work crews and families alike. From taking a weekend RV trip to bringing a mobile workshop to the job site, these trucks are ready to tow.

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