There’s been more than a few times when I’ve thought about how cool it would be to drive an old, vintage pickup truck purely for the aesthetic. There’s something about cruising downtown in a pastel-colored truck that I love to think about, but enough of my own car daydreams. For many, the appeal of a good pickup truck isn’t in the understated style, but in its actual towing abilities. If you haul stuff around a lot, a good tow truck is essential. Check out some of the best tow trucks currently on the market today. 

2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty

We’re starting out with the big guns. If you’re looking for the most heavy-duty tow truck out there today, this is it. With 475 hp and an incredible 1,050 lb-ft of torque from a 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8, the Ford F-450 Super Duty boasts the max towing capacity of 37,000 lbs. If you’re routinely hauling trailers, campers, and other big-box items, this one’s for you. 

2020 GMC Canyon

Now let’s take it back a notch. If you’re a regular hauler but don’t need the absolute maximum amount of tow capacity, we recommend checking out the GMC Canyon. Ranked one of the best-in-class by Edmunds, this well-rounded truck is responsive, comfortable, and handles like a good car. Plus its maximum 7,700 lbs load is nothing to scoff at. 

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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In the mid-size category, the Colorado won Truck of the Year awards in both 2015 and 2016, and continues to be a popular favorite for its variety of powertrain options and options for customization. If you’re looking to max out on towing potential, choose the diesel option (up to 7,700 lbs). 

2020 Ram 1500

Listed by Edmunds as one of the “best vehicles on sale today, period”, the 2020 Ram 1500 has a little something for just about everyone. From a high-tech cabin and infotainment system to comfortable rear reclining seat, both drivers and passengers alike will feel luxurious in this pick. 

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD

If diesel options are more your speed, definitely take a look at the Silverado 2500HD or 3500HD. Both options will get you a turbocharged V-8, which offers up 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, which gets you to 20,000 lbs of towing capacity in the 3500 model. 

Claire Biggerstaff
Claire Biggerstaff is a freelance writer and photographer from Charlotte, NC. Her curiosity leads her to write about a wide variety of topics. On her off days, she enjoys reading Polygon articles, and curling up to a good YouTube playlist.

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    1. An article about towing is missing the towing information for the Ram for comparison.

    2. The title confused me, i thought i was going to read about actual tow truck.

    3. I really don’t like trucks but, I will say the ford and the ram look really tough.

    4. super duty looks niiiice

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