Which Imported Trucks Have the Best Towing & Payload?

Nissan and Toyota have impressive payload and towing ratings when it comes to imported trucks. Whether you are looking for heavy duty towing or some serious payload capabilities, we can help you decide which truck is right for you. Knowing how you’ll be using your truck is a great place to start to choose a truck that can handle your towing and hauling needs.

What is Payload?

Payload is how much a truck can carry. This includes passengers, cargo, and anything you might transport in the bed of your truck. If you will be mainly using your truck to carry passengers, luggage, or small loads from the hardware store, a lower payload capacity will be enough. If you will be using your truck for heavier duty hauling, such as lumber or small machinery, a higher payload capacity would be the way to go. The key is to decide what you will be hauling and how much it weighs to decide on the right payload rating for you.

How Much Towing Capacity Do I Need?

Knowing what you will be towing behind your truck can be beneficial to making sure your truck can perform. When properly equipped, you can find the right truck to handle your towing needs.

  • 2,000 lbs or less – small fishing boats, wave runners, pop-up trailers, and small utility trailers
  • 3,500 lbs or less – small boats, ATVs, and tent trailers
  • 6,000 lbs or less – towable RVs, small horse trailers, small ski boats
  • 10,000 lbs or less – boats, car-hauling trailers, medium-sized RVs, large trailers, construction equipment
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2018 Nissan Frontier

The 2018 Nissan Frontier is a great option if you are looking for a truck that can handle your weekend camping trips or your summer landscaping projects. The available 4.0L V6 engine features 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with the V6 engine, the 2018 Frontier can tow up to 6,710 lbs and carry a maximum payload of 1,460 lbs.
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2018 Toyota Tacoma

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is great for all of you adventure seekers out there. With six trim levels to choose from, you can decide just how adventurous you want to be. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is optional on both the TRD Sport and the TRD Off-road and comes standard on the Limited and TRD Pro. With the V6, you can experience a 278-horsepower engine, and when properly equipped, a maximum towing capacity of 6,800 lbs and a maximum payload of 1,620 lbs. The Tacoma is known for its off-roading capabilities. Hook up your ATV, boat, or other weekend toys and set out on your next adventure.what is payload

2018 Nissan Titan

The 2018 Nissan Titan features a more powerful engine with its standard 5.6-liter V8 engine boasting 390 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. Along with this power upgrade comes a maximum towing capacity of 9,740 lbs and a maximum payload capacity of 1,951 lbs, when properly equipped. Not only does the 2018 Titan have an impressive payload capacity, but it also features a versatile bed that makes it the perfect work truck. Customizable bed components include removable storage bins, a fold-down step, power outlets, cargo bed lights, and more. This is the perfect truck for a week of work and then a weekend of play towing the family boat.
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2018 Toyota Tundra

The 2018 Toyota Tundra features the highest maximum towing capacity (when properly equipped) on our import truck list. The 5.7-liter V8 engine boasts 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque while also have the capability to tow up to an impressive 10,100 lbs and carry up to 1,650 lbs. If you are in need of a pickup that can handle heavy duty hauling, such as large trailers and equipment, look no further. As a bonus, the 2018 Tundra features a great lineup of safety features.
Let us help you find the right truck for you that can handle your towing and hauling needs. At Patterson Truck Stop we have plenty of used Nissan and Toyota trucks for sale.
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