How Much Towing Capacity Do I Really Need?

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How Much Car Do I Need to Tow My Trailer?

When shopping for a new car, truck, or SUV, it’s critical to consider how much towing capacity you’ll need to tow your trailer. Whether you’re towing a lightweight utility trailer or a massive fifth-wheel trailer, matching your vehicle to the load you’re pulling has important safety and vehicle durability consequences.

Instead of asking what a vehicle can haul, a smarter approach is to look at what you want to pull and match your vehicle shopping list to models that meet that need. Given the vast differences in the types and weights of trailers, plus the differences in how vehicles tow, it's a good idea to talk to your trailer dealer to get expert advice before you lock yourself into a new car or truck deal.

Trailer designs have evolved as consumers have shifted to compact and midsize SUVs. There are many new lightweight trailers available that can be towed safely by smaller vehicles.

On the next pages, we’ll look at the numbers you should consider when planning your towing vehicle purchase. Then we’ll look at how some specific models match up to different towing loads.

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