21 SUVs with the Best Towing Capacity

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It’s no secret that many SUVs have lost their truck-like capability. For the last two decades, automakers have been moving away from truck-based, body-on-frame designs, because consumers want a more comfortable ride and better use of space. But these new car-based SUVs, or “crossovers,” aren’t always up to the task of towing.

Most of the vehicles on this list are of the old-school variety – big, truck-based SUVs with the sturdy frames and big engines required to tow big loads. There are, however, a few automakers that were able to extract decent towing numbers from their crossover SUVs.

U.S. News & World Report has compiled more than 20 SUVs that put up the best towing numbers among all sport utility vehicles. As you might have heard or seen in an ad, these figures are for when the SUV is “properly equipped.” That means the number is typically associated with a specific engine, drivetrain, or options package designed to optimize the vehicle for towing. When possible, we’ll highlight the necessary equipment. In many cases, it requires a “max towing package.” We try to find the most affordable version of the vehicle that puts up the best towing numbers. We’ve ranked the vehicles by towing capacity, and we use price to break any ties, with the win going to the less expensive vehicle.

We cite U.S. News overall scores for each vehicle. Keep in mind that our scores change constantly as new expert data and reviews become available.

Read through the following pages to see the SUVs with the best towing.

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