Best SUVs for Towing a Trailer
One of the main reasons some families purchase SUVs is so they can tow trailers, boats, and other fun toys. Of course, not every SUV is built exactly the same way. Not every SUV is a good option to tow the items you need to get from point A to point B. As you shop for a new SUV that can tow your trailer, here are a few things you need to know.
Understanding Towing Capacity
If you’ve never bought a car with concern about its towing capacity, you may not be certain how it works. The towing capacity of a vehicle is the maximum weight a vehicle can pull. Your SUV’s towing capacity is based on the size and shape of your vehicle and the distribution of the load you’ll be carrying. When you look at the towing capacity of a vehicle, it will tell you the maximum weight you can safely tow.
You might also see references to the curb weight of a vehicle, which is the weight of the vehicle itself. This is another factor you must consider when considering which SUV to buy for your cargo and towing needs. Keep in mind that the curb weight and the weight of the passengers and cargo can reduce the amount you can tow behind you.
The 2022 Buick Enclave has a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with 310 horsepower, which makes it a great SUV for hauling items efficiently. With the Trailering Package, your 2023 Enclave can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Without the Trailering Package, your Enclave can tow about 1,500 pounds. So, if your family will be towing anything larger, you should upgrade.
Towing is also much easier with the help of Hitch Guidance with Hitch View, which helps you maneuver your vehicle and everything it is towing, thanks to the HD Rear Vision Camera display.
The 2022 Jeep Wagoneer is another great option if you want to tow a trailer or even a boat. In fact, the maximum towing capacity is 10,000 pounds. If you opt for the Grand Wagoneer model, you can tow up to 9,850 pounds.
The towing process is a lot easier with the Quadra-Lift Air Suspension option, which offers 10 inches of ground clearance. You’ll also benefit from the ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera and Trailer Hitch Zoom so you can connect your trailer easily. Integrated Trailer Brake Control also makes stopping your trailer and vehicle even easier.
Lexus SUVs have a great reputation for towing. The 2022 Lexus LX may be a luxury vehicle, but it still has a lot to offer if you want to tow something. For instance, the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine helps you power through whatever comes your way. That means you’ll be able to tow 8,000 pounds behind you. All of this doesn’t even mention the 71 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front seats, which means you can haul plenty even without a trailer.
The Lexus LX also comes with Active Traction Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension. Trailer Sway Control is standard with this model as well. These features ensure that you and your cargo get to your destination safely and effortlessly.
The Chevy Tahoe has a reputation for being a great option for those who want to tow. The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe can tow between 8,000 and 8,400 pounds, depending on the engine and drive type you choose. For example, you can tow 8,400 pounds if your Tahoe has a 5.3-liter two-wheel-drive powertrain.
Various towing features are also available to help you make the most of your Tahoe. For instance, Active Fuel Management optimizes your engine and fuel economy for hauling a trailer. Adaptive Cruise Control helps you maintain a safe speed with your trailer, and the variety of camera views ensures you can keep an eye on your trailer. Don’t forget to get the Tahoe with the Max Trailering package, which ensures that you have an excellent Hitch Guidance system with Hitch View and Chevrolet’s trailering app that helps you travel safely.
Land Rover Defender
The 2022 Land Rover Defender has quite a name to live up to. Of course, the vehicle looks strong, but how does the towing capacity match up? When properly equipped, the Land Rover Defender can haul up to 8,201 pounds. Even if you have a small engine, you can get well over 7,000 pounds of towing power. This means you’ll be able to tow things like motorcycles, sailboats, and single-axle campers.
Additionally, you may want to check out the towing accessories available for the 2022 Land Rover Defender. They include a variety of tow bar kits, a lighting board, and a towing electrical adapter. These tools can help you travel safely with a trailer or another towable item.
The Ford Expedition is slightly smaller than some other options on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great option for towing. In fact, the Ford Expedition can haul up to 9,300 pounds if you have all the right equipment and technology. The Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package can help this vehicle haul a trailer, boat, or another vehicle effortlessly.
You’ll also benefit from Pro Trailer Backup Assist 2.0, which helps you steer your trailer so that you can easily align and attach it. Additionally, the Expedition’s Blind Spot Information System offers trailer coverage to ensure you are aware of everything around you.
Choosing the right SUV is crucial for meeting your family’s goals. No matter what you intend to tow, knowing your vehicle’s towing capacity is one of the most important ways to be safe on the road. As you shop for an SUV that can help you make the most of your next outing, help you move, or even help your family enjoy a new hobby, keep in mind the vehicle’s capabilities and safety features. Sweeney Buick-GMC can help you find the right SUV for towing a trailer on your next visit to our dealership.