Best Used Trucks for Towing

used Chevy Silverado HD towing large construction equipment

You're looking at some used trucks but you need a used truck with some towing power. When you're evaluating the best used trucks for towing, you need to know what to look for. At Phil Long Valucar of Motor City, we have a full inventory of quality used trucks that feature superior towing power. Let's look at a few different towing scenarios and evaluate some trucks you should consider for the job.

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Best Trucks for Towing Travel Trailers

Here are a couple of options to think about when looking at the best-used trucks for towing travel trailers. Our first choice is the 2014 Ford F-150. Equipped with a 5.4-liter V8 engine, it tows 11,200 pounds with the 4x4 SuperCab configuration. It pumps out 320 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This produces an EPA estimate of 11/15 mpg. The maximum payload with this truck is also 1,988 pounds. Dimensions on the Ford F-150 are 213-250″ L x 79-86″ W x 75-79″ H, with a curb weight of 4,685 to 6,113 pounds and a gross vehicle weight of 6,450 to 7,450 pounds.

Another option for the best-used truck for towing is the 2013 Toyota Tundra. It comes with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that tows up to 10,800 pounds. It pumps out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. There are several cabin, and bed-length options and this truck achieves up to 16/20 mpg. Dimensions measure 210-248″ L x 80″ W x 76″ H with a curb weight of 4,580 to 5,660 pounds and a gross weight of 6,200 to 7,200 pounds. Total payload with the Tundra equals up to 2,090 pounds.

Best Trucks for Towing Boats

used Toyota Tundra towing a speed boat out of a lake

Our top choice as the best-used trucks for towing boats is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma. It has a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 with 278 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque that helps it tow up to 6,400 pounds with a payload up to 1,620. This truck also achieves up to 19/24 mpg. Dimensions measure 212-226″ L x 74-75″ W x 71-72″ H with a curb weight of 3,980 to 4,480 pounds and gross vehicle weight of 5,600 pounds.

Another option for the best-used trucks for towing boats is the 2016 Chevy Colorado with the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel inline-4 that makes 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. It can tow up to 7700 pounds with a payload of 1,630 pounds and an estimated fuel economy of up to 22/31 mpg. The dimensions are 213-225″ L x 74″ W x 70-71″ H with a curb weight of 3,930 to 4,520 pounds and gross vehicle weight of 5,400 to 6,000 pounds. Related article: Best Used Chevy Trucks.

Best Trucks for Towing Campers

As the top choice as one of the best-used trucks for towing campers, we picked the 2008 Dodge Ram. It has an available 5.7-liter V8 engine that tows up to 9,000 pounds and features a gas mileage of 14/19 mpg. Dimensions measure 208-250″ L x 80″ W x 73-79″ H with a curb weight of 4,514 to 6,438 pounds and a gross vehicle weight of 6,025 to 8,510 pounds. Payload capacity reaches up to 2,552 pounds.

Another option for the best trucks for towing campers is the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD. It has an available Duramax 6.6-liter, 8-cylinder turbo diesel producing 365 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque. This provides a towing capacity up to 10,100 pounds and payload of 5,307 pounds. Dimensions of this truck are 225-259″ L x 80-96″ W x 76″ H with a curb weight of 5,092 to 6,694 pounds and gross vehicle weight of 9,700 to 11,400 pounds. Related article: Best Used Trucks for Mountains.

Best Trucks for Towing Horse Trailers

used Ford Super Duty F-450 towing a large trailer full of horses

When you want the best-used trucks for towing horse trailers, you probably need something heavy-duty. Consider the 2016 Ford F-350 with the 6.7-liter Powerstroke turbo diesel V8 producing 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy numbers aren't available, but it does tow up to 12,500 pounds with a payload of up to 4,477 pounds. Dimensions measure 228-263″ L x 80″ W x 77-81″ H with a curb weight of 6,010 to 7,035 pounds and gross vehicle weight of 10,000 to 11,000 pounds.

Another option as the best trucks for towing horse trailers is the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD with a 6.6-liter V8 engine. Towing capacity reaches 14,500 pounds and a payload of up to 3,559 pounds. Dimensions measure 224-258″ L x 80-81″ W x 78″ H with a curb weight of 5,741 to 6,689 pounds and a gross vehicle weight of 9,300 to 9,900 pounds.

Best Trucks for Towing Capacity + Gas Mileage

If you want to save money at the pump, you want the best trucks for towing and gas mileage. Our top choice is the 2017 Ford F-150. It features fuel economy numbers of 19/26 mpg. That's with the 3.5-liter V6 engine. This truck does offer a towing capacity up to 8,000 pounds and a payload of 2,329 pounds. Dimensions measure 209-251″ L x 80-86″ W x 75-79″ H with a curb weight of 4,051 to 5,697 pounds and a gross vehicle weight of 6,010 to 7,050 pounds.

The 2017 Ram 1500 also provides 21/29 mpg with the 3.6-liter V6 making it one of the best-used trucks for towing and gas mileage. It also tows up to 10,140 pounds with a payload capacity up to 1,923 pounds. Dimensions measure 209-238″ L x 79-82″ W x 74-78″ H with a curb weight of 4,517 to 5,670 pounds and gross vehicle weight of 6,025 to 6,945 pounds. Related article: Most Fuel Efficient Used Trucks.

10 Best Used Trucks for Towing

Let's evaluate the 10 best-used trucks for towing in a chart.

Year/Model

Towing Capacity

Payload Capacity

Curb Weight

Gross Weight

Length

Engine

Transmission

2014 Ford F-150

11,200 lbs

1,988 lbs

4,685 to 6,113 lbs

6,450 to 7,450 lbs

213-250″

5.4 V8

6-speed auto

2013 Toyota Tundra

10,800 lbs

2,090 lbs

4,580 to 5,660 lbs

6,200 to 7,200 lbs

210-248″

5.7 V8

5 & 6-speed auto

2008 Dodge Ram

9,000 lbs

2,552 lbs

4,514 to 6,438 lbs

6,025 to 8,510 lbs

74-75″

5.7-liter V8

6-speed manual or 4 & 5-speed auto

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

10,100 lbs

5,307 lbs

5,092 to 6,694 lbs

9,700 to 11,400 lbs

225-259″

6.6 V8 turbo diesel

6-speed auto

2017 Toyota Tacoma

6,400 lbs

1,620 lbs

3,980 to 4,480 lbs

5,600 lbs

212-226"

3.5-liter V6

5 & 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto

2016 Chevy Colorado

7,700 lbs

1,630 lbs

3,930 to 4,520 lbs

5,400 to 6,000 lbs

213-225"

2.8-liter turbo diesel

6-speed auto or manual

2017 Ford F-150

8,000 lbs

2,329 lbs

4,051 to 5,697 lbs

6,010 to 7,050 lbs

209-251"

3.5-liter V6

6 or 10-speed auto

2017 Ram 1500

10,140 lbs

1,923 lbs

4,517 to 5,670

6,025 to 6,945 lbs

209-238"

3.6-liter V6

8-speed auto

2016 Ford F-350

12,500 lbs

4,477 lbs

6,010 to 7,035 lbs

10,000 to 11,000 lbs

228-263"

6.7-liter turbo diesel V8

6-speed auto

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

14,500 lbs

3,559 lbs

5,741 to 6,689 lbs

9,300 to 9,900 lbs

224-258"

6.6-liter V8

6-speed auto

 

Used Trucks for Sale in Colorado Springs

At Phil Long ValuCar of Motor City, you can find a full selection of the best-used trucks for towing. We have all the best used trucks to buy at prices that will make you smile. Stop by for a test drive today!

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