The Best Used Trucks for Towing Any Size Load

When you need a used truck for towing, be sure to choose one that has the power to handle your load. Whether you’re pulling a small boat to the lake to do some fishing or you need commercial towing power, we’ve put together a list of the some best used trucks for towing. 

As you search for the perfect truck, keep in mind that if you plan to tow consistently, you’ll want to stay around 75% of the max capacity. For example, if the truck has a max capacity of 15,000 pounds, you should haul just over 11,000 pounds on a regular basis.

Top picks include:

Ford Super Duty Diesel

Do you need heavy-duty towing power? This is an excellent—and affordable—option. Diesel trucks last longer than their gas-powered counterparts, so you can choose an older model and still get many years of reliable performance. Depending on which year model you choose, these trucks can tow up to 15,000 pounds.

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Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Diesel

Another option for those who need a heavy-duty solution, the Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Diesel delivers 325 HP and 610 lb-ft of torque for a tow capacity of up to 16,400 pounds. These trucks come with a Cummins diesel engine rather than a V8 like the Ford, and many buyers prefer that. 

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Toyota Tundra

The Tundra earns a spot on the list of best used trucks for towing thanks to its versatility. If you’re just towing a trailer with a car or a small boat, the SR with the 4.6L V8 engine will do. This double-cab truck can tow up to 6,500 pounds. For more power, choose the 5.7L V8 with rear wheel drive to get the max towing capacity of 10,200.

2018 GMC Sierra

GMC Sierra 1500

When properly outfitted, this truck tows an impressive 12,000 pounds. It’s considered by some to be one of the best used trucks overall, and the 6.2-liter V8, 420 HP and 460 lb-ft of torque makes it easy to see why. Note that some trim levels have a lower towing capacity, so you may have to give up some of the details you want for more power.

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Ford Expedition

While not technically a truck, tow your boat or light camper and still have room for the family and all of your gear with the Ford Expedition. With this powerful SUV, you’ll be able to tow up 9,200 pounds courtesy of the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6. This vehicle doesn’t deliver the best gas mileage, but it’s a top pick for light towing when you also need a roomy interior. 

Patterson Truck Stop has a large inventory of used trucks, so we may have exactly what you need on our lot today. If not, discuss your needs with one of our sales professionals, and we’ll do our best to locate the truck you want. Shop online to see what we have on hand and enjoy the competitive prices and superior service that has made us the area’s trusted choice for quality trucks covered by a FREE Lifetime Warranty!