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2021 Tow Vehicle Capacities

Start your research here for a new SUV or truck that can tow your boat trailer.

Rear view mirror view of towing a boat

In the market for a new vehicle to haul your boat trailer? Before you go to a dealer, it's useful to do some research to ensure you get the right truck or SUV to tow a boat safely and efficiently.

One critical piece of information you need before you can decide which tow vehicle to buy is the combined weight of your boat, trailer, and gear. This will help you narrow down the many available options. You don't want to go with something that is too small or you could have problems starting, stopping, and climbing hills on the way to the ramp, which could be dangerous. You're better off getting something bigger than you need. But too big and you may be sacrificing fuel efficiency.

A good rule of thumb is to get a tow vehicle with at least 15% more capacity than the weight of the fully loaded boat and trailer. This will allow for a reasonable payload in the tow vehicle.

While you can easily calculate whether your tow vehicle is up for the task using some simple math, we've taken the work out of it with a chart of tow capacities for more than 100 2021 model year SUVs and trucks.

Keep in mind that these figures are maximum tow capacities and assume that the vehicles are all-wheel drive or have four-wheel drive capabilities and are outfitted with manufacturer-recommended equipment. Before purchasing any tow vehicle, check the manufacturer specs and recommended equipment. Capacities may vary depending on year, model, trim level, and optional packages.

2021 Vehicle Towing Capacity

Make/Model Engine Max Towing Capacity*
*Assumes conventional towing with manufacturer-install towing package. Check with manufacturers for specific towing capacities for different trim levels. We do not guarantee the accuracy of this information.
Acura
MDX 3.5L V6 3,500–5,000 lbs
Audi
ETron DAE 4,000 lbs
Q5 2.0L I-4 Turbo-charged 4,400 lbs
Q7 2.0L I-4 Turbo-charged 4,400 lbs
Q8 3.0L V6 Super-charged 7,700 lbs
Q8 4.0L V8 7,700 lbs
BMW
X1 2.0L I-4  3,700 lbs
X2 2.0L I-4 Turbo 3,500 lbs
X3 2.0L I-4 4,400 lbs
X4 2.0L I-4 Turbo 3,500 lbs
X4 3.0L V6 3,500 lbs
X5 3.0L V6 Turbo 7,200 lbs
X5 4.4L V8 1,653 lbs
X5 3.0L V6 Turbo Gas/Electric Hybrid 5,952 lbs
X6 3.0L V6 Turbo 7,200 lbs
X6 4.4L V8 Turbo 1,653–7,200 lbs
X7 3.0L V6 Turbo 5,400 lbs
X7 4.4L V8 Turbo 5,950–7,500 lbs
Buick
Enclave  3.6L V6 5,000 lbs
Envision 2.5L I-4 1,500 lbs
Envision 2.0L I-4 Turbo 1,500 lbs
Cadillac
Escalade 6.2L V8 7,500 lbs
Escalade 3.0L Turbo Diesel I-6 7,800 lbs
Chevrolet
Blazer 3.6L V6 4,500 lbs
Colorado 2.5L 3,500 lbs
Colorado 3.6L V6 5,000–7,000 lbs
Colorado 2.8L Duramax Turbodiesel 5,000–7,700 lbs
Equinox 2.0L I-4 Turbo-charged 1,500–3,500 lbs
Silverado 1500 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 9,300–9,700 lbs
Silverado 1500 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 9,700–11,100 lbs
Silverado 1500 2.7L I-4 9,700 lbs
Silverado 2500HD 6.6L V8 Direct Injection 14,500 lbs
Silverado 2500HD 6.6L Duramax Turbodiesel V8 14,500–18,500 lbs
Silverado 3500HD 6.6L V8 Direct Injection 14,500–16,800 lbs
Silverado 3500HD 6.6L Duramax Turbodiesel V8 21,210–35,500 lbs
Suburban 5.3L V8 7,600–8,100 lbs
Suburban 6.2L V8 7,400–7,600 lbs
Tahoe 5.3L V8  7,700–7,900 lbs
Tahoe 6.2L V8 7,600–7,700 lbs
Traverse 3.6L V6 1,500–5,000 lbs
Chrysler
Pacifica 3.6L V6 3,600 lbs
Dodge
Durango 3.6L V6 6,200 lbs
Durango 5.7L V8 7,400 lbs
Durango 6.4L V8 8,700 lbs
Ford
Bronco 2.3L EcoBoost 3,500 lbs
Bronco 2.7L EcoBoost 3,500 lbs
Bronco Sport (Badlands model) 1.5L EcoBoost 2,200 lbs
Escape 1.5L I-3 Turbo 2,000 lbs
Escape 2.0L I-4 Turbo 3,500 lbs
Escape 2.5L Gas/Electric I-4 1,500 lbs
Expedition 3.5L EcoBoost V6 5,900–9,300 lbs
Explorer 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 3,000 lbs
Explorer 3.0L EcoBoost V6 5,600 lbs
F-150 3.3L Ti-VCT V6  7,700 lbs
F-150 2.7L EcoBoost V6 9,000 lbs
F-150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 13,200 lbs
F-150 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 11,500 lbs
F-150 3.0L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V6 11,500 lbs
F-150 3.5L PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 8,000–11,000 lbs
F-250 6.2L V8 / 4WD 12,300–15,000 lbs
F-250 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel 14,000–20,000 lbs
F-250 7.3L V8 14,500–15,000 lbs
F-350 6.2L V8 / 4WD 12,000–15,000 lbs
F-350 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel 14,000–20,000 lbs
F-350 7.3L V8 14,000–15,000 lbs
Ranger 2.3L EcoBoost 7,500 lbs
Genesis
GV80 2.5L I-4 7,700 lbs
GV80 3.5L V6 7,700 lbs
GV80 3.5L V6 Turbo 7,700 lbs
GMC
Acadia 2.0L I-4 Turbo 1,500 lbs
Acadia 2.5L I-4 1,000–1,500 lbs
Acadia 3.6L V6 Turbo 4,000 lbs
Canyon 2.5L I-4 3,500 lbs
Canyon 3.6L V6 7,000 lbs
Sierra 1500 4.3L V6 9,200–9,600 lbs
Sierra 2.7L I-4 9,600 lbs
Sierra 2.7L I-4 Turbo 11,100 lbs
Sierra 5.3L V8 9,200–12,100 lbs
Sierra 5.3L V8 Turbo 11,100–11,300 lbs
Sierra 6.2L V8 9,200–12,100 lbs
Sierra 2500HD 6.6L V8 14,500 lbs
Sierra 2500HD 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 18,500 lbs
Sierra 3500HD 6.6L V8 14,500–16,240 lbs
Sierra 3500HD 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 20,000 lbs
Terrain 1.5L I-4 Turbo 1,500–3,500 lbs
Terrain 2.0L I-4 Turbocharged 3,500 lbs
Yukon 5.3L V8 7,500–7,700 lbs
Yukon 6.2L V8 7,400 lbs
Honda
Ridgeline 3.5L V6 5,000 lbs
Pilot 3.5L V6 5,000 lbs
Hyundai
Palisade 3.8L GDI V6 5,000 lbs
Santa Fe 2.0L I-4 Turbo 3,500 lbs
Santa Fe 2.4L I-4 2,000 lbs
Infiniti
QX50 2.4L I-4 Turbo 3,000 lbs
QX60 3.5L V6 5,000 lbs
QX80 5.6L V8 8,500 lbs
Jaguar
E-PACE 2.0L I-4 Turbo 3,968 lbs
F-PACE 2.0L I-4 Turbo 5,291 lbs
F-PACE R-Dynamic 3.0L V6 Gas/Electric Hybrid 7,700 lbs
Jeep
Cherokee 2.4L I-4 Zero Evap MultiAir 2,000 lbs
Cherokee 3.2L V6 2,000 lbs
Compass 2.4L I-4 Zero Evap MultiAir 2,000 lbs
Gladiator 3.6L V6 4,000–4,500 lbs
Grand Cherokee 3.6L V6 3,500–6,200 lbs
Grand Cherokee 6.4L V8 7,200 lbs
Renegade 1.3L I-4 2,000 lbs
Wrangler 3.6L V6 2,000–3,500 lbs
KIA
Sedona 3.3L V6 3,500 lbs
Sportage 2.4L I4 2,000 lbs
Sportage 2.0L Turbo I4 2,000 lbs
Telluride 3.8L Lambda DOHC V6 5,000 lbs
Land Rover
Defender 3.0L V6 8,201 lbs
Defender 3.0L Twincharger V6 8,201 lbs
Defender 3.5L V6 3,500 lbs
Discovery 3.0 V6 8,201 lbs
Discovery Sport 2.0L Turbo 4,409 lbs
Discovery Sport 2.0L gas/electric hybrid 5,511 lbs
Range Rover 3.0L V6 5,511 lbs
Range Rover 3.0L V6 Twincharger 5,511 lbs
Range Rover 3.0L V6 Turbodiesel 7,716 lbs
Range Rover 5.0L V8 7,716 lbs
Range Rover 5.0L V8 Twincharger 7,716 lbs
Range Rover Evoque R Dynamic 2.0L I-4 3,968 lbs
Range Rover Sport 3.0L V6 Twincharger 7,716 lbs
Range Rover Sport
5.0L V8 Twincharger 7,716 lbs
Range Rover Velar 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 5,291 lbs
Range Rover Velar 2.0L Turbodiesel I-4 5,291 lbs
Range Rover Velar 3.0L Supercharged V6 5,512 lbs
Lexus
GX 460 4.6L V8 6,500 lbs
RX 350 3.5L V6 3,500 lbs
RX 450h 3.5L V6 Gas/Electric 3,500 lbs
Lincoln
Aviator 3.0L V6 Twin Turbo 5,600–6,700 lbs
MKT 3.5L V6 Turbocharged 4,500 lbs
Nautilus 2.0L Turbo 1,500–3,500 lbs
Navigator 3.5L V6 Twin Turbocharged 6,200–8,300 lbs
Mazda
CX-5 2.5L I-4 2,000 lbs
CX-9 2.5L I-4 Turbo 3,500 lbs
Mercedes-Benz
G-Class 4.0L V8 7,700 lbs
GLE 350e 2.0L Turbo gas/electric hybrid 3,500 lbs
GLS 450 3.0L V6 7,716 lbs
GLS 580 4.0L V8 7,716 lbs
Mitsubishi
Outlander 2.4L I-4 1,500 lbs
Outlander 3.0L V6 3,500 lbs
Nissan
Armada 5.6L V8 8,500 lbs
Frontier 3.8L V6 6,250–6,370 lbs
Murano 3.5L V6 1,500 lbs
Pathfinder 3.5L V6 6,000 lbs
Titan 5.6L V8 9,210–10,880 lbs
Porsche
Cayenne 2.9L Turbocharged V6 7,700 lbs
Cayenne 3.0L Turbocharged V6 7,700 lbs
Cayenne 3.6L Turbocharged V6 12,400 lbs
Cayenne 4.0L Turbocharged V8 7,700 lbs
Macan 2.0L Turbocharged I4 4,409 lbs
Macan 2.9L V6 4,409 lbs
Macan 2.9L Turbocharged V6 4,409 lbs
Macan 3.0L Turbocharged V6 4,409 lbs
RAM
Ram 1500 3.6L V6 6,280–11,090 lbs
Ram 1500 3.6L V6 eTorque 6,410–11,290 lbs
Ram 1500 3.6L V6 gas/electric hybrid 7,730 lbs
Ram 1500 5.7L V8 8,420–12,750 lbs
Ram 1500 5.7L V8 eTorque 6,410–11,490 lbs
Ram 1500 6.2L V8 8,100 lbs
Ram 2500 6.4L V8 Heavy Duty HEMI MDS 14,220–14,720 lbs
Ram 3500 6.4L V8 Heavy Duty HEMI MDS 13,780–14,620 lbs
Subaru
Ascent 2.4LTurbocharged I-4 2,000–5,000 lbs
Forester 2.5L Flat 4 1,500 lbs
Outback 2.5L Flat 4 2,700 lbs
Outback 2.4L Turbocharged 3,500 lbs
Tesla
Model X 4.4L Electric 4,960 lbs
Toyota
4Runner 4.0L V6 5,000 lbs
Highlander 3.5L V6 5,000 lbs
Land Cruiser 5.7L V8 8,100 lbs
RAV4 2.5L  1,500 lbs
RAV4 2.5L Hybrid 1,750 lbs
RAV4 2.5L DOHC 3,500 lbs
Sequoia 5.7L V8 7,000–7,100 lbs
Tacoma 2.7L I-4 3,500 lbs
Tacoma 3.5L V6 6,500 lbs
Tundra 5.7L V8 8,800–9,900 lbs
Volkswagen
Atlas 2.0L I-4 2,000 lbs
Atlas 3.6L V6 5,000 lbs
Tiguan 2.0L I-4 1,500 lbs
Volvo
V90 Cross Country 2.0L I-4 3,500 lbs
XC40 2.0L I-4 Turbo 3,500 lbs
XC60 2.0L I-4 Turbo 3,500 lbs
XC90 2.0L I-4 Turbo 5,000 lbs
XC90
2.0L I-4 Twincharger 5,000 lbs

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