1. Chevrolet Tahoe
This amazing SUV has an option tow package that boasts up to 8,600 lbs of towing capacity. It’s built hold up to nine people. Plus, the 5.3-liter V8 engine can generate up to 355 horsepower 383 lb-ft of torque. This kind of power is available for all styles of 2015+ Tahoe. However, if you upgrade to the LT or LTZ edition the manufacturer throws in locking rear differential. That is great for added traction on the highway and off. The newer models have a shock over coil suspension system which offers a better ride and handling compared to past models. This is made possible in part by front spring that are 25% stiffer. Even when pulling a heavy load over bumpy ground, passengers shouldn’t feel the road at all.
2. Nissan Armada
Looking at a Nissan Armada is kind of like going back in time a few years, style-wise. It’s narrow boxy exterior is paired with a more utilitarian interior lacking in many of the gadgets of a modern SUV. Despite the lack of gadgets, the Armada is still a powerful and sturdy vehicle. The 9.000 lbs towing capacity is made possible by a 5.6-liter V-8 engine. Owners get about 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque out of this one, which is a little less than other contemporary vehicles. As far as ride is concerned, up to eight passengers will feel little thanks to the independent rear suspensions. Get the 4WD and the towing package.
3. Toyota Sequoia
A large sport utility vehicle based on the Tundra truck platform, the Toyota sequoia lives up to its namesake. It makes sense that the engine is also a large 5.7-liter V-8. If you decide to go with the Platinum 4WD edition, you can can get a massive 10.000 lbs of towing capacity. Even the standard model provides something in the range of 7.100 to 7.400 lbs of towing capacity. This monster can also boasts a decent 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque for the standard model. It holds up to eight people and provides a comfortable ride with independent rears suspension. However, some report that the ride gets a little loose on uneven road.
4. Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition is another heavy hitter. This beefy SUV provides up to 9.200 lbs of towing capacity. This is a surprising amount of strength considering that it has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood. The V6 engine delivers a strong kick with 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle is built to hold up to eight passengers and there will still be plenty of storage room in the 19 cubic square feet of cargo space behind the third row seats. The independent rear suspension system helps absorb more road impact than other arrangements. Get an optional 4WD in the full-size model and take that RV trailer on some off road adventures.
5. GMC Acadia
The GMC Acadia is known for being more like a car than a towing machine. Nevertheless, it still offers a respectable 5.200 lbs capacity when owners choose the towing package. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine gives up about 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. This is not a bad choice for someone who needs a family vehicle, but wants to take a small boat to the lake on weekends. With room for up to eight people, families can bring some friends too. it is available with an optional four wheel drive and optional upgrade to the Denali edition. The Denali edition offers an ”acoustic package” designed to help keep road noises down.
6. Jeep Grand Cherokee
This wouldn’t be a list of towing SUVs without the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This former award-winning SUV has a 7.400 lbs of towing capacity in the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine option. It provides a punch of 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. If you choose to go with the standard 3.6-liter V-6 engine they can get about 290 hp. This SUV offers a number of upgrades and special editions to choose from, including the high performance SRT. It provides a nice 475 hp, but drops to about 7.200 lbs of towing capacity. Up to five passengers will enjoy the ride of some very soft Natura leather trim seats. Get the four wheel drive to conquer those off-road adventures.
7. GMC Yukon
The GMC Yukon offers 8.500 lb of towing capacity. This is easily achieved with the optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine. This hefty engine provides 420 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The standard 5.3L V8 engine offers about 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Fit up to seven people in this with roomy second row bucket seats and third row seating. The Yukon is one of the luxurious models with soft touch seats, ambient lighting and touchscreen on the dashboard. Passengers can ride in style on those long road trips. It does take a lot of gas gaining about 16 miles to the gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
8. Cadillac Escalade
This pricey SUV provides about 8.300 lbs of towing capacity. The engine is a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that brings about 420-horsepower and produces 460 lb-ft of torque. It does cost more than a regular SUV, but you will get many goodies. The interior has a leather, suede and wood trim that turn the car into a road conquering palace. The front seats heat or cool as needed through the changing seasons. It’s available in the rear wheel drive or four wheel drive options. The Escalade uses a running gear inspired by GM’s full size trucks, so the rear wheel axle is very strong. It has a great look, but the mileage is about 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
9. Chevrolet Suburban
This is one of the oldest models of SUV on the market. Still, the Suburban is making waves on the road and off it. It has a 5.3-liter V-8 engine which happens to be the same as the Silverado. This engine kicks with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque to help get things moving. Of course, the heavy-duty version of the Suburban has a 352-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 engine. It is available in both 2WD and 4WD. The towing capacity is a good 8.500 with the extra options. Owners can fit between fur to seven people in the Chevrolet Suburban depending on whether or not the flat folding third row seats are in use.
10. Dodge Durango
Upgrade to the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine to make the most of this ride, rather than the standard 3.6-liter, 290 horsepower V-6 engine. The larger engine provides up to 7.400 lbs of towing capacity compared to 6.200 lbs capacity for the 3.6-liter engine. The 5.7-liter engine has 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque which is right up there with other towing SUVs. The Durango has a more rounded car-like appearance thanks to its unibody platform. This helps improve agility and makes steering a little more comfortable. Yet, it is still a large car able to hold up to six people. You can get even more by buying the seven passenger Durango with four wheel drive.
11. Lincoln Navigator
Another car that looks like its from ”Back to the future”, the Lincoln Navigator still has a body reminiscent of early 2000s model SUVs. That doesn’t mean it performs like an old car though. The rear wheel drive Navigator has up to 9.000 lbs towing capability and its 4WD version about 8.600 lbs. That is plenty of capacity four hauling big boats or trailers. Drivers have some fun with the 3.5-liter Twin Turbo Charged V6 Ecoboost engine. It has a kick of 380 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque for towing or just carrying large loads. Speaking of, drivers can fit up to eight people in the Navigator and still have about 42 cubic feet of cargo space in the Navigator L.
12. Infiniti QX80
As big as a boat, the Infiniti QX80 dominates the road and has a firm handle on towing. It can haul up to 8.600 lbs with a 5.6L V8 engine. The engine’s horsepower is nothing to sneeze at offering 400 hp and it turns out 413 lb-ft of torque. The rich brown leather seats with silver contrast stitching give the interior of the Limited Edition a rich detail. Up to seven passengers can enjoy this and more, including all of the current technological necessities like Bluetooth, DVD player and Satellite ready. You can still store up to 95 cubic feet of cargo in the back when the third rear seat is folded down. The hill-start assist electronics and four wheel drive option make driving off road a cinch.
13. Chevrolet Traverse
The Chevrolet Traverse appears more as a passenger vehicle than some of the other SUVs listed. it has a lower profile and more rounded appearance. This good looking SUV will still haul quite a bit with its 5.200 lbs towing capacity. A smaller, but powerful 3.6L V-6 engine gets between 281 and 288 hp with 270 lb-ft of torque. The Traverse is in the heavy category with its 5.000 lbs, so the Chevy Traverse won’t have a lot of agility. This isn’t too much of a problem for those using it to get around town and haul trailers to well-maintained campgrounds. Drivers can find the Traverse in a two wheel drive or four wheel drive configuration.
14. Audi Q5
Go for the supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine to get the most out of the Audi Q5 as a hauler. With this powerful engine under the hood, this SUV can pull up to 4.400 lbs behind it. The supercharged version of this car also puts out 272 hp with up to 428 lb-ft of torque. There are other engine options available including a hybrid that combines a lighter 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine with batteries. However, these may not offer the same towing capacity or even maneuverability of the non-hybrid version. The Audi Q5 can accommodate five passengers with still more cargo room in the back. All wheel drive is standard on these vehicles.
15. Subaru Outback
Thanks to the high frame, the Subaru Outback offers extra headroom for taller passengers and some more shoulder room. This SUV also makes for a nice little hauler with a 3.000 towing capacity. The 3.6L flat-6 engine offers 256 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque which is considerably less than other larger SUVs. The addition of permanent 4WD and a good 8.7 inches of ground clearance ensures that the Outback can get out on the trails. Drivers can also opt for Automatic or CVT, but alas no manual. It can accommodate up to five passengers with a bit over 73 cubic feet of room for cargo.