10 Highest Towing Capacity SUVs For 2022

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An SUV that can transport a large family and tow toys or a camper still seems like a reasonable choice for vacation travel, even with gas prices on the rise. For the heaviest towing operations, a well-outfitted pickup truck would be a decent option, but SUVs with maximum tow ratings ranging from 8,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds, together with the third-row seating and cabin baggage room, make for ideal all-purpose carriers.

The top 12 SUVs for the model year 2022 are listed below in order of their maximum towing capacities, with ties broken by lower base prices. The list will be different for 2023, as demonstrated by Toyota's recent announcement that the redesigned 2023 Sequoia will go on sale in the late summer and have a maximum towing capacity of up to 9,520 pounds. The SUVs have been rated in accordance with the SAE International J2807 performance standard, a detailed process for determining vehicle gross combined weight ratings (GCWR) and trailer weight ratings. As for 2021, but perhaps not in earlier years, when some manufacturers used in-house calculations, the ratings should be comparable.

Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer

Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds/9,850 pounds

Overview: The highest SUV tow ratings are held by Jeep's new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer full-size SUVs, which made their debut in 2022. The Wagoneer's standard 392-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 and two- or four-wheel drive, along with the Heavy-Duty Trailer-Tow Package that includes HD engine cooling, trailer brake control, a hitch lineup assist, and hitch zoom view, give it a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds comparable to that of a pickup truck.

The 471-hp, 6.4-liter V-8 in the nicer, heavier Grand Wagoneer is rated to tow 9,850 pounds. With new twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engines (420 or 510 hp), Jeep has already introduced long-wheelbase L versions of the Wagoneers for 2023. When properly equipped, these longer models, according to Jeep, will tow up to 10,000 pounds.

Ford Expedition/Expedition Max

Towing Capacity: 9,300 pounds/9,000 pounds

Overview: Ford's full-size Expedition, which had previously been the best SUV tow vehicle, dropped to the second position for 2022. With a rating of up to 9,300 pounds with 2WD and 9,200 pounds with 4WD, the Expedition is not far behind with the optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package and a weight-distributing hitch. A 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 with 380 horsepower is standard.

With the same trailering kit and extended Expedition Max model, you can tow up to 9,000 pounds with 2WD or 4WD. Improved engine cooling, a blind spot monitor that can detect trailers, Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist technology, and an integrated trailer brake control are all included in the HD tow package.

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Dodge Durango SRT 392, R/T with Tow N Go

Towing Capacity: 8,700 pounds

Overview: For its SRT 392 muscle SUV variant and its R/T with Tow N Go Package, both with AWD, Dodge's mid-size three-row SUV has a huge 8,700-pound maximum towing capability. The R/T variant has a 360-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 while the SRT has a 475-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8. The standard 3.6-liter V-6 in lower model levels has a reasonable 6,200-pound towing capacity.

Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L

Towing Capacity: 8,700 pounds/8,400 pounds

Overview: The Navigator is an expensive Expedition brother from Ford's Lincoln premium brand, and it has been updated for 2022. The Navigator has a tow rating of up to 8,700 pounds with 2WD and 8,300 pounds with 4WD when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package and a weight-distributing hitch. With 2WD, the lengthier Navigator L can tow up to 8,400 pounds, and with 4WD, 8,100 pounds. Both variants come equipped with a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 with 440 horsepower.

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Nissan Armada

Towing Capacity: 8,500 pounds

Overview: The full-size New Nissan Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds with 2WD or 4WD and boasts a standard 400-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 engine. All but the entry-level S trim come equipped with an integrated trailer brake controller and hitch receiver. The higher SL and Platinum trim levels come standard with a trailer sway control, and all models may be had with an optional weight-distributing Class IV hitch ball mount.

Infiniti QX80

Towing Capacity: 8,500 pounds

Overview: The QX80, the Armada's corporate twin from Nissan's Infiniti luxury division, is rated (when correctly equipped) for an 8,500-pound maximum towing capacity with 2WD or 4WD and is powered by the same 400-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 as the Armada.

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Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban

Towing Capacity: 8,400 pounds/8,300 pounds

Overview: For maximum towing capabilities of 8,400 pounds and 8,300 pounds, respectively, Chevrolet's full-size SUVs, the New Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban long-wheelbase variant, need the base 5.3-liter V-8 with 2WD and the Max Trailering Package; each is 200 pounds lighter with AWD.

The maximum towing capability with tow package is marginally reduced to 8,300 pounds for the Tahoe and 8,200 pounds for the Suburban with 2WD with the 6.2-liter V-8 that is offered on higher grades (8,100 and 7,900 with 4WD). The Tahoe's and the Suburban's maximum towing capacities with the tow package are 8,200 pounds for the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder and 8,100 pounds, respectively (8,000 and 7,800 with 4WD).

GMC Yukon/Yukon XL

Towing Capacity: 8,400 pounds/8,300 pounds

Overview: The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC's Yukon and Yukon XL are related GM SUV models that share the same V-8 and diesel engine options across a range of trim levels. Similar to the Chevy models, vehicles with the base 5.3-liter V-8 and the Max Trailering Package receive the highest tow ratings.

The maximum weight ratings for the Yukon are 8,400 pounds with 2WD and 8,200 pounds with 4WD; the maximum weight ratings for the Yukon XL are 8,200 and 8,000 pounds. With the 6.2-liter V-8 and trailering package, Yukon Denali models can tow up to 8,200 pounds with 2WD and 8,000 pounds with 4WD, while Denali XL versions can tow up to 8,100 and 7,900 pounds, respectively.

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Land Rover Defender

Towing Capacity: 8,200 pounds

Overview: When fitted with the turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine, the two-door 90 or four-door 110 versions of the revived New Land Rover Defender are capable of towing up to 8,200 pounds. Towing capacity lowers to 7,716 pounds for cars equipped with either the standard turbo four-cylinder or the performance supercharged V-8. A longer 130 model with two six-cylinder options and a towing capacity of up to 8,200 pounds will be available in 2023.

Land Rover Discovery 

Towing Capacity: 8,200 pounds

Overview: Maximum towing capability for Land Rover's Discovery three-row mid-size SUV is up to 8,200 pounds for higher trim levels with the 355-hp, turbocharged inline-six engine. Models with the base 296-hp, turbo four-cylinder engine can pull a maximum of 5,952 pounds, which is still decent.

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Expert Advice

A heavy-duty trailering package or other accessories, along with the correct hitch, are often required for these indicated maximum ratings, which apply under ideal conditions. Your passenger and cargo load, as well as any additional optional equipment such, in some circumstances, all- or four-wheel drive, will lower your actual maximum towing capacity. Interested in checking out these vehicles? Check out our website carweek.com to see or search for the latest new cars near you. Explore New cars now

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What SUV is best for towing a trailer?

Ans: Honda Passport — 5,000 pounds. The Passport is a midsize crossover SUV.

Q. What mid-size SUV has the highest towing capacity?

Ans: With a maximum towing capacity of 8,700 pounds, the Dodge Durango is the midsize SUV with the finest towing performance.

Q. What small SUV has the highest towing capacity?

Ans: The maximum towing capability of the RAV4 is 2,500 pounds, whereas that of the Ford Escape and Subaru Forester ranges from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds.

Q. What SUVs tow 5000 lbs or more?

  • Chevrolet Tahoe — 8,600-lb Tow Capacity.
  • Ford Expedition — 9,300-lb Tow Capacity.
  • GMC Yukon — 8,500-lb Tow Capacity.
  • Dodge Durango — 8,700-lb Tow Capacity.