Shopping for the best towing SUV means you’ll be looking at vehicles with a powerful drivetrain, durable chassis, and a trailer hitch. What kind of SUV you choose also depends on how much weight you need to tow as well as other requirements you have such as people-hauling, amenities, fuel economy and price. The simple truth is that bigger is best when it comes to towing capacity. The large SUVs, therefore, are the best choices for Best Towing SUV. Here are three to consider, along with comments from automotive experts.

  • Chevrolet SuburbanConsumer Guide named the 9-passenger 2006 through 2009 Chevrolet Suburban large SUV a Best Buy, hailing the 2009 model’s towing capacity and passenger and cargo room, “smooth power, utility, and surprising overall refinement.” Suburban 1500 can tow up to 8,100 pounds, while the 2500 tows up to 9,600 pounds. Edmunds says “the extra-large Suburban has increasingly become the go-to chevrolet_suburban_2009choice for families or those in need of class-leading passenger and cargo capacity, third-row seating and solid truck-based towing capability.” U.S. News and World Report says Suburban “combines a cavernous interior with beefy towing capabilities, making it a strong choice for buyers who need to transport a crowd and all its stuff.” Suburban shares its platform with the GMC Yukon XL, another great towing vehicle choice.
  • Toyota SequoiaMotor Trend’s Truck Trend gives the 8-passenger 2009 Toyota Sequoia its runner-up nod in Best in Class Full-Size SUV category. With a base Toyota_Sequoia_20104.7-liter V-8 engine (and optional 5.7-liter V-8), Sequoia has a “class-leading 10,000-pound towing capacity.” Edmunds says Sequoia, redesigned in 2008, is “designed to accommodate families who need three real rows of seating, a fair amount of off-road capability and the ability to tow a boat or other trailer.” U.S. News and World Report says “with its strong towing capabilities and a comfortable cabin that includes a spacious and comfortable third-row seat, the Toyota Sequoia is an excellent alternative to domestic full-size SUVs.”
  • Ford ExpeditionRedesigned in 2007, the full-size Ford Expedition, says Edmunds, “big, tall, and heavy… is every inch a truck, its big body wrapped around a comfortable, spacious, ergonomically-sound cabin, and set atop a sturdy ladder frame…big V8 torque makes it a good tow ford_expedition_2009vehicle, too.” Named a Consumer Guide Best Buy pick for four consecutive years (2006-2009), Ford Expedition is, according to the editors, “an excellent vehicle for those who genuinely need the power and space of a large truck-type SUV.” Strengths are its trailer-towing capability (up to 9,200 pounds), passenger and cargo room. Powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 engine, Expedition can carry up to nine adults.

Other contenders for best SUVs for towing include the 9-passenger Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon (8,200-pound towing capacity), 8-passenger Nissan Armada (tows up to 9,000 pounds), 7-passenger Dodge Durango (8,950-pound towing capacity), and 7-passenger Chrysler Aspen (8,900-pound towing capacity).

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