We've all seen it. The economy car driving down the road towing a boat that is at least twice as long and just as heavy as the car pulling it. Sometimes it just makes you wonder what in the heck people are thinking. Whether you are looking for nice toy hauler to get your show motorcycles to the next meet or if you are looking for a work truck that will be put to task every single day of the year in all conditions, we have provided a range of vehicles that will suit your needs. Some of these trucks are rated at over 24,000 pounds of maximum towing capacity.
Regardless of what you need to tow or haul, working vehicles share certain qualities. First and foremost, these vehicles must have an excellent towing capacity. They must have the option or come equipped with factory-installed available towing and trailering packages. They must be reliable, high performance, feature a good warranty, and have a cost-of-ownership that makes their use and maintenance a profitable endeavor. You will also note that nearly all top 10 trucks are available with dual rear wheels and/or with diesel engines.
Last year, just about any vehicle was allowed into the mix as long as it had the guts to pull with the leaders in the category. This year we were a little more work-focused. It's no surprise that the entire top-10 are domestics, and nearly all of them are 3/4-ton or heavier. But, for those of you who are more interested in towing jet-skis than backhoes, we have compiled a small list of toy haulers and light duty offerings.
Computing the Rankings
The specifications referenced are as published by the original manufacturer for a trim line that was comparable to other trucks in this category. Another primary concern was reliability, as a broken down truck is a truck that isn't earning its keep. Performance was also a factor, although generally the heavier trucks will have available diesel power. The final factors of cost-of-ownership and warranty contribute to the overall life of the truck. Warranty coverage weeds out lemons and trucks that are not up to the job due to mechanical defects, and cost-of-ownership is important when choosing a truck that needs to earn its keep.
The available option packages on these trucks are vast and complex. Everything from fifth wheel hitches to special trailer and heavy duty towing options can be ordered and fitted. Please consult with your dealer when making the final decision on a towing vehicle, and always tow within the limits as set forth by your owners manual or manufacturers official published documentation.
Our Towing Truck Pick: 2008 Ford Super Duty (F-250, F-350, F-450)
The entire Super Duty F-Series trucks are towing powerhouses, but the F-350 and F-450 are the kings of the Ford towing fleet. The 2008 Ford Super Duty F-450 does everything in a big way, not the least of which is towing. Let's take the 2008 Ford F-450 SD Crew Cab 4x2 Lariat Styleside dually, for example. The truck comes in with a starting MSRP of $47,860. That sounds like a sizable chunk of money for a towing machine, but chances are that you have heard the cliche "pull a house off its foundation." Well, with the F-450 it's no cliche. The truck is powered by a 6.4L V-8 diesel producing 350-horsepower and 650 ft.-lb. of torque.
This power gives this particular F-450 a GVWR rating of 16,000 pounds. The payload tops out at 6,120 pounds. And now we get to the really good stuff. While the standard towing capacity for this F-Series truck is rated at a meager 6,000 pounds, all the equipment goodies crank this up to an astonishing 24,500 pounds. If that wasn't enough, the truck is truly a monumental piece of engineering. It is nearly 8-feet wide, 6.5-feet tall, and almost 22-feet long.
Top 10 Best Towing Vehicle List:
2. 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
MSRP From: $21,940
3. 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
MSRP From: $24,590
4. 2008 GMC Sierra 3500HD
MSRP From: $24,590
5. 2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD
MSRP From: $24,370
MSRP From: $24,370
7. 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
MSRP From: $25,680
8. 2008 Ford Super Duty F-250
MSRP From: $22,895
9. 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
MSRP From: $21,150
10. 2008 GMC Sierra 1500
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
MSRP From: $17,500
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