What to buy if you need an SUV with an impressive towing capacity
If you regularly tow heavy items such as ATVs, jet skis, RVs, or boats and prefer the fully enclosed cargo area of an SUV instead of the bed of a pickup truck, you’ve come to the right place. Large SUVs and crossovers offer plenty of room for passengers and cargo, and some can tow as much as trucks when properly equipped. Below is a list of the top 15 towing SUVs and crossovers, arranged by ascending towing capacity, from 7,500 pounds (3,400 kg) to almost 5 tons. To give you some reference, a fully loaded Honda CR-V weighs about 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg). So uncover that big motorboat, and get your gear ready for the water.
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Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class: 7,500 Pounds (3,400 kg)
Mercedes’ largest SUV is rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds (3,400 kg) with any engine option, including the standard 362-hp twin-turbo V-6, the optional 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8, or the 577-hp 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 found in the high-performance AMG GLS 63—the GLS 63 can hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. A Class IV trailer hitch is optional.
Audi Q7: 7,700 Pounds (3,493 kg)
The 7,700-pound (3,493 kg) towing capacity is basically the same as the Q7’s platform partner, the Bentley Bentayga. However, the Q7 meets this capacity using a much smaller engine, a 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 that produces 333 hp and 325 lb-ft.
Porsche Cayenne: 7,716 Pounds (3,500 kg)
The Cayenne is powered by one of four engines: a 335-hp turbocharged V-6, a 434-hp twin-turbo V-6, a 541-hp twin-turbo V-8, or a 455-hp hybrid powertrain. Regardless of the engine, the Cayenne’s towing capacity sits at 7,716 pounds (3,500 kg).
Land Rover Range Rover: 7,716 Pounds (3,500 kg)
It doesn’t matter if it’s the 254-hp turbodiesel V-6, the 340 to 380-hp supercharged V-6, or the 518- to 557-hp supercharged V-8, Land Rover claims the maximum towing capacity for the Range Rover is 7,716 pounds (3,500 kg). A towing hitch is included, but an available towing package includes a hitch receiver and a towing assist feature.
Bentley Bentayga: 7,716 Pounds (3,500 kg)
One of the most expensive SUVs on the market has a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 pounds (3,500 kg). The exclusive SUV is powered by a W-12 engine that creates 600 hp and 664 lb-ft—read about the new 542-hp V-8 model here. In some markets, the Bentayga offers an electronically retracting tow bar, and a plug-in turbo-six-powered hybrid is on the way.
Toyota Land Cruiser: 8,100 Pounds (3,674 kg)
Toyota’s luxurious off-roader maxes out at 8,100 pounds (3,674 kg) with its full-time four-wheel-drive system. The Land Cruiser’s 5.7-liter V-8 cranks out 381 hp and 401 lb-ft, and a towing hitch is standard.
Land Rover Discovery: 8,201 Pounds (3,720 kg)
You might assume that the Discovery’s turbodiesel V-6 would be the top engine for towing, but it’s actually the gasoline engine. The 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 produces 340 hp and 332 lb-ft and can tow an impressive 8,201 pounds (3,720 kg). When equipped with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel, maximum towing drops to 7,716 pounds (3,500 kg). A towing hitch is included.
Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV: 8,300 Pounds (3,765 kg)
Cadillac’s Escalade comes with a maximum towing rating of 8,300 pounds (3,765 kg) (8,100 with four-wheel drive) thanks in part to the 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. The longer ESV model is rated at 8,100 pounds (3,674 kg) (7,900 (3,583 kg) with four-wheel drive).
Nissan Armada: 8,500 Pounds (3,855 kg)
With an 8,500-pound (3,855 kg) towing capacity, the full-size body-on-frame Armada comes in just ahead of the Escalade. A 5.6-liter V-8 that churns out 390 hp and 394 lb-ft does the pulling, and that rating applies to rear- and four-wheel-drive models. A Class IV trailer hitch is included.
Infiniti QX80: 8,500 Pounds (3,855 kg)
Rated at 400 hp and 413 lb-ft from the same 5.6-liter V-8 as the Armada, the Infiniti QX80 has the same 8,500-pound (3,855 kg) maximum rating. Like the Armada, the QX80 comes with a Class IV trailer hitch.
GMC Yukon/Yukon XL: 8,500 Pounds (3,855 kg)
The lighter Yukon edges out the heavier Yukon XL: 8,500 pounds (3,855 kg) over the XL’s 8,300-pound (3,765 kg) towing capacity. To get the maximum rating, you’ll need the 355-hp, 383-lb-ft 5.3-liter V-8 with rear-wheel drive and the Trailering package. If you opt for the Yukon Denali and its 420-hp, 460-lb-ft 6.2-liter V-8, maximum towing decreases slightly to 8,400 pounds (3,810 kg).
Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban: 8,600 Pounds (3,900 kg)
Although the Tahoe and Suburban are mechanically related to the Yukon and Yukon XL, the Tahoe carries a maximum towing rating 100 pounds (45 kg) higher than the Yukon. The Suburban is even with the Yukon XL model’s 8,300-pound (3,765-kg) capacity. Both Chevrolets use the same 5.3-liter V-8 found in the GMCs; with the optional 6.2-liter V-8, the Tahoe and Suburban can tow up to 8,400 and 8,100 pounds (3,810 and 3,674 kg), respectively.
Dodge Durango: 8,700 Pounds (3,946 kg)
The surprise bronze finisher can tow up to an impressive 8,700 pounds (3,946 kg), but that’s only with the top SRT model, which packs a 6.4-liter V-8 producing 475 hp and 470 lb-ft—the SRT can also hit 60 mph in a quick 4.6 seconds. The available 5.7-liter V-8 can tow 7,200 pounds (3,266 kg), and the standard 3.6-liter V-6 has a maximum rating of 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg). The Trailer Tow package is required.
Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L: 8,700 Pounds (3,946 kg)
The Expedition’s premium stablemate, the Navigator, takes the second spot with a maximum towing capacity of 8,700 pounds (3,946 kg). The longer L model has a max capacity of 8,400 pounds (3,810 kg). The Lincoln uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 tuned to produce 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. The Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package and rear-wheel drive are required for the highest rating.
Ford Expedition/Expedition Max: 9,300 Pounds (4,218 kg)
With a maximum towing capacity of 9,300 pounds (4,218 kg), Ford’s new Expedition is the towing champ of SUVs and crossovers. The 375-hp, 470-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 powerplant backed by a 10-speed automatic provides the pulling power, and that can be increased to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft in the Platinum trim. The longer-wheelbase Max model is rated at 9,000 pounds (4,082 kg). Like the Navigator, the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package and two-wheel drive are required for maximum capacity.