21 Best Pickup Trucks for Towing in 2020

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel

2020 Chevrolet Silverado / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

Best Pickup Trucks for Towing in 2020

Best Full-Size Pickup Trucks for Towing in 2020

  1. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | 13,400 lbs | For Sale
  2. Ford F-150 | 13,200 lbs | For Sale
  3. Ram 1500 | 12,750 lbs | For Sale
  4. GMC Sierra 1500 | 12,100 lbs | For Sale
  5. Nissan Titan | 11,000 lbs | For Sale
  6. Toyota Tundra | 10,200 lbs | For Sale

Best Heavy-Duty or Half-Ton Pickup Trucks for Towing in 2020

  1. Ford F-450 | 37,000 lbs | For Sale
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD | 35,500 lbs | For Sale
  3. GMC Sierra 3500HD | 35,500 lbs | For Sale
  4. Ram 3500 | 35,100 lbs | For Sale
  5. Ford F-350 | 21,200 lbs | For Sale
  6. Ford F-250 | 20,000 lbs | For Sale
  7. Ram 2500 | 19,680 lbs | For Sale
  8. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD | 18,510 lbs | For Sale
  9. GMC Sierra 2500HD | 18,500 lbs | For Sale

Best Small or Midsize Pickup Trucks for Towing in 2020

  1. Chevrolet Colorado | 7,700 lbs | For Sale
  2. GMC Canyon | 7,700 lbs | For Sale
  3. Jeep Gladiator | 7,650 lbs | For Sale
  4. Ford Ranger | 7,500 lbs | For Sale
  5. Toyota Tacoma | 6,780 lbs | For Sale
  6. Honda Ridgeline | 5,000 lbs | For Sale

Key: Pickup Truck | Max. Towing Capacity | Used Truck Listings

What to Look for When Buying a Pickup Truck for Towing

Whether you are working on the job, helping a friend move, or bringing your boat on vacation, pickup trucks are a practical tool for moving heavy items. A truck with robust towing capacity – the maximum weight it can pull behind it – can greatly enhance your life.

A variety of factors determine a truck’s towing capacity, but torque plays an especially important role. The more torque a truck produces, the more weight it can tow. That’s why torquey diesel engines tend to have the best towing capacity in any truck lineup.

No matter your load, there are plenty of trucks on the market today tailored to the size and towing capacity you need. You can typically find a truck’s towing capacity in the owner’s manual, on the driver’s side door, or on the manufacturer’s website.

Below we’ve listed the best pickup trucks for towing according to class and towing capacity.

Keep in mind that trucks often need to be specially configured with towing packages to reach their top towing capacity. You’ll want to read the manual carefully before you attempt to tow anything, especially as you approach the limit of the truck’s capability.

More Detail: Best Full-Size Pickup Trucks for Towing in 2020

1. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado

2020 Chevrolet Silverado Diesel

2020 Chevrolet Silverado / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

  • Max Towing Capacity: 13,400 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.2L V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $28,150
  • Used Chevrolet Silverado: 2019-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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2. 2020 Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150 / Photo Credit: Ford

  • Max Towing Capacity: 13,200 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 3.5L EcoBoost V6
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $28,745
  • Generation: 2015-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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3. 2020 Ram 1500

2020 Ram 1500 / Photo Credit: FCA

2020 Ram 1500 / Photo Credit: FCA

  • Max Towing Capacity: 12,750 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 5.7L V8 w/ eTorque
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $32,145
  • Generation: 2019-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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4. 2020 GMC Sierra 1500

2020 GMC Sierra SLT

2020 GMC Sierra / Photo Credit: GMC

  • Max Towing Capacity: 12,100 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.2L V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $29,600
  • Generation: 2019-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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5. 2020 Nissan Titan

2020 Nissan Titan / Photo Credit: Nissan

2020 Nissan Titan / Photo Credit: Nissan

  • Max Towing Capacity: 11,000 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 5.6L V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $44,580
  • Generation: 2017-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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6. 2020 Toyota Tundra

2020 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro / Photo Credit: Toyota

2020 Toyota Tundra / Photo Credit: Toyota

  • Max Towing Capacity: 10,200 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 5.7L V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $33,575
  • Generation: 2007-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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More Detail: Best Heavy-Duty or Half-Ton Pickup Trucks for Towing in 2020

1. 2020 Ford F-450

Red 2020 Ford F-450 Towing Trailer

2020 Ford F-450 / Photo Credit: Ford

  • Max Towing Capacity: 37,000 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.7L diesel V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $50,210
  • Generation: 2008-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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2. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

  • Max Towing Capacity: 35,500 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.6L diesel V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $34,900
  • Generation: 2020 marks the third generation for the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD.

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2. 2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD / Photo Credit: GMC

2020 GMC Sierra 3500HD / Photo Credit: GMC

  • Max Towing Capacity: 35,500 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.6L diesel V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $35,900
  • Generation: 2020 marks the third generation for the GMC 3500HD.

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4. 2020 Ram 3500

2020 Ram 3500 / Photo Credit: FCA

2020 Ram 3500 / Photo Credit: FCA

  • Max Towing Capacity: 35,100 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.7L diesel 6-cylinder
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $34,750
  • Generation: 2019-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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5. 2020 Ford F-350

2020 Ford F-350 / Photo Credit: Ford

2020 Ford F-350 / Photo Credit: Ford

  • Max Towing Capacity: 21,200 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.7L diesel V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $34,930
  • Generation: 2008-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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6. 2020 Ford F-250

2020 Ford F-250 / Photo Credit: Ford

2020 Ford F-250 / Photo Credit: Ford

  • Max Towing Capacity: 20,000 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.7L diesel V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $34,035
  • Generation: 2008-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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7. 2020 Ram 2500

2020 Ram 2500 / Photo Credit: FCA

  • Max Towing Capacity: 19,680 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.7L diesel 6-cylinder
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $33,895
  • Generation: 2019-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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8. 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

  • Max Towing Capacity: 18,510 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.6L diesel V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $34,600
  • Generation: 2020 marks the fourth generation for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD.

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9. 2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD

2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD / Photo Credit: GMC

2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD / Photo Credit: GMC

  • Max Towing Capacity: 18,500 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 6.6L diesel V8
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $34,600
  • Generation: 2020 marks the fourth generation for the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD.

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More Detail: Best Small or Midsize Pickup Trucks for Towing in 2020

1. 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Chevrolet Colorado / Photo Credit: Chevrolet

  • Max Towing Capacity: 7,700 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 2.8L diesel 4-cylinder
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $21,300
  • Generation: 2015-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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1. 2020 GMC Canyon

2020 GMC Canyon

2020 GMC Canyon / Photo Credit: GMC

  • Max Towing Capacity: 7,700 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 2.8L diesel 4-cylinder
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $22,200
  • Generation: 2015-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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3. 2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

2020 Jeep Gladiator / Photo Credit: FCA

  • Max Towing Capacity: 7,650 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 3.6L V6
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $33,545
  • Generation: 2020 is the first year offered for this model.

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4. 2020 Ford Ranger

2020 Ford Ranger / Photo Credit: Ford

2020 Ford Ranger / Photo Credit: Ford

  • Max Towing Capacity: 7,500 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 2.3L turbo 4-cylinder
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $24,110
  • Generation: 2019-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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5. 2020 Toyota Tacoma

Bright Blue Toyota Tacoma in Front of the Beach

2020 Toyota Tacoma / Photo Credit: Toyota

  • Max Towing Capacity: 6,400 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 3.5L V6
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $26,050
  • Generation: 2016-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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6. 2020 Honda Ridgeline

2020 Honda Ridgeline

2020 Honda Ridgeline / Photo Credit: Honda

  • Max Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs
  • Engine Required for Max Towing: 3.5L V6
  • 2020 Base MSRP: $33,900
  • Generation: 2017-2020 models have nearly identical styling; you can save by considering older model years.

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Best Used Trucks for Towing

All of these trucks are available on the used market, and many have gone several years without changes, so you can get a similar vehicle for less money than if you bought new.

Carfax used truck listings are a great place to start your search, and every truck comes with a free Carfax Vehicle History Report.

Best Diesel Trucks for Towing

Pound-for-pound, diesel trucks offer more towing power than gas trucks. Many of the top towing capacities noted on this list are from the diesel trims.

You can learn more about the best diesel pickup trucks, and the pros and cons of buying diesel.

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About the Author:

I have written about cars for more than a decade for publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fortune, Vogue, Newsweek, Fast Company, Forbes, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Robb Report, Town & Country, U.S. News & World Report and Refinery 29. As a U.S. juror to the World Car Awards, I test drive scores of new cars each year. So far, my reporting has taken me to five continents; by my count, I have eaten ice cream in more than 50 countries.