List of vehicle tow capacity ratings

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Knowing a vehicle's towing capacity is imperative if you tow any kind of trailer with the vehicle. Towing too much weight can cause vehicle damage and accidents. It is important to consider the vehicle you will be towing when considering the type vehicle you need.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), "the selection of an appropriate tow vehicle and the proper equipment to tow a trailer depends on the type of trailer, its size and weight, and the amount of weight being towed."


The 2011 Silverado pickups have different towing capacities depending on the size of the truck. The 1500 has a max towing capacity of 4853kg., the 2500 will tow up to 8074kg. and the 3500 has a 9843kg. towing limit. Chevrolet's 2011 Silverado Hybrid has a towing limit of 2767kg., which makes it capable of towing light campers and boats. The Suburban is available in half- and three-quarter-ton models---the smaller version can tow up to 3674kg. and the larger can tow up to 4354kg. The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid will tow up to 2812kg. and the full fuel version will tow up to 3856kg.


Ford produces nine models capable of towing. Crossover models Edge and Flex will tow up to 3,500 and 2041kg., respectively. Ford truck towing capacities start at 2613kg. with the Ranger. The F-150 is capable of up to 5126kg. and Ford's Super Duty series of trucks will tow up to 11158kg. Ford SUV's capable of towing begin with the Sport Track, which will tow up to 3130kg. The Explorer can tow up to 3227kg. and Ford's largest SUV will tow up to 4173kg. Ford's E-series vans are capable of towing up to 4536kg.


The Ram 3500 has a maximum towing capacity of 7983kg., while the 2500 will tow up to 7013kg. Dodge's Ram 1400 pickup is capable of towing up to 4649kg. and the smallest pickup that Dodge makes---the Dakota---will tow up to 3266kg. Dodge manufacturers a commercial vehicle line of trucks, Chassis Cabs. These trucks are capable of towing up to 8505kg. depending on the model.