The best trucks for towing are those that can pull thousands of pounds while still fulfilling other specific duties, without compromising the integrity of the vehicle. Currently, there are 3 that many automotive industry experts agree top the list. They are the Dodge Ram 3500, the Ford Super-Duty F-250, and the GMC Sierra 3500HD.

These three trucks make the cut because they have proven to outlast and out-perform all others in their class. They have all received individual awards from Car and Driver and Motor Trend as being outstanding and received customer ratings of above superior.

The Standards

Each of the three trucks met and exceeded the requirements to be called efficient tow trucks. To be the best, they had to meet certain expectations as well. This includes price, features, and benefits. The Dodge Ram 3500 has the ability to pull well over 17,000 pounds. The 5.7L, V-8 engine provides the power.

The Ford Super-Duty F-250 can tow a minimum of 12,000 to 16,000 pounds, effortlessly. You also have the choice of a standard cab or crew cab to fit up to six comfortably. Combined with an 8-cylinder 6.7L turbo engine, this truck is one of the most reliable and durable trucks made by Ford.

The GMC Sierra 3500HD has the lowest towing capacity of 13,000 pounds, but using the hitch brake controller allows better handling over the other two trucks. The external engine is kept cool because of the unique design, which allows for more heavy-duty towing. The Sierra 3500HD even has an option for a snowplow, complete with roof lighting to aid in snow clearing and removal.

Purchase Price

As a general rule, trucks cost more to purchase than cars. However, the great news about these trucks is they are not only productive, but also cost-effective. While additions and options will cause the price to increase, they each have a base sticker price of less than $30,000. Considering the extra work they perform while keeping you in style and comfort, these trucks present an exceptional value.

The average Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD is approximately $27,000. Adding package options and extra upgrades can increase the price to $37,365.

The Dodge Ram 3500 is a bit higher in price, averaging anywhere from $32,000 for the base price to $47,000 fully loaded. The Ford Super-Duty F-250 is somewhere in the middle, costing the average consumer approximately $28,000.

Cost to Insure

The Dodge Ram 3500 is a bit expensive to insure and while the rates vary from state to state, the national average is approximately $1,480. Adding safety features not included in the standard package may affect the overall premium rate, especially with pickup trucks so you may want to review the optional safety and security options. You may pay extra upfront, but your insurance costs will reduce.

The Ford Super-Duty F-250 has an annual premium rate between $1,400 to $1,472. This greatly depends on the model you select. For example, the regular cab with a turbo diesel engine is more costly to protect and the insurance rate is higher. The regular cab with the ethanol engine is less expensive and the rate is lower. The GMC Sierra 3500HD is the least expensive to insure, averaging $1,360 per year.

Major Advantages

Like all vehicles, the best trucks for towing have wonderful advantages. In addition to the exceptional towing capacity, they have excellent braking systems, extended warranty options, and stylish interiors.

While they are basically work-trucks because of their general purpose, they are crafted for comfort and have the same benefits that luxury automobiles come with. For example, they all have entertainment systems, complete with AM/FM stereo and CD player. They also have Bluetooth technology and USB ports for laptops and notebooks.

Because these trucks are monitored closely by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they are compliant with all of the crash and rollover test requirements. Each have successfully met or exceeded the expectations, scoring a minimum of 3.5 out of five stars.


Some major drawbacks of these trucks include the steering and suspension as they both must be carefully maintained. Customers who expressed discontent in these areas complained of issues that occurred during towing only. Leisure driving was not an issue. They also stated the steering was not as reactive with large hauls as it is when they are not towing and the transmission requires consistent monitoring because of the extra weight placed on the axles. The customers who rated these areas gave the trucks a total of 1.5 stars out of five.

The best trucks for towing are surprisingly affordable and extremely durable. They also provide you with lots of surprises you may not have expected from a heavy-duty truck. Researching your specific model will take time and patience because this will be an investment. Once you select your truck and attach the hitch to the back, you will be delighted to see how well it performs.