- Within the well-liked large-SUV phase, there’s a number of trailer-pulling capacity for round $60,000, however not all fashions make it straightforward.
- Together with a 9300-pound max capability, the 2023 Ford Expedition affords Professional Trailer Backup Help to assist novices again up with out utilizing the steering wheel.
- The 2023 Nissan Armada and 2023 Chevy Tahoe can tow as much as 8500 and 8400 kilos, respectively, and so they additionally supply tech that makes trailering simpler.
Automakers know that making towing simpler is a dependable solution to entice prospects, particularly for big SUVs that may tow within the neighborhood of 8000 kilos. Nonetheless, with that sort of functionality, in addition to the inflow of nifty towing tips, customers may be overwhelmed when attempting to decipher the variations between, say, the Superior and Max Trailering packages. Additionally they probably have to know which powertrain choices are obligatory to drag the largest boat.
With that in thoughts, let’s check out the trailering capabilities of three well-liked giant SUVs, which all begin within the mid-$50,000s. We’ll listing them so as of how a lot they will tow, however, as you will see, the headline quantity is not the one consideration when deciding how one can transfer further stuff down the street.
2023 Ford Expedition
Max towing: 9300 kilos
Beginning at $57,620
The 2023 Ford Expedition is rated to tow as much as 9300 kilos, however that determine applies to rear-wheel-drive fashions geared up with the extra-cost Heavy-Responsibility Trailer Tow bundle. With out that $795 improve, which features a trailer-brake controller and a bigger radiator to deal with the powertrain’s further cooling wants, the rear-drive Expedition’s max towing capability drops to 6600 kilos. All-wheel-drive fashions are capped at 6500 kilos with out the trailering bundle and 9200 kilos with it.
Ford is aware of the good thing about trying backward when towing. With the Heavy-Responsibility Trailer Tow bundle, the 2023 Expedition options Professional Trailer Backup Help 2.0, which rethinks how you progress in reverse with a trailer connected to your automobile. Some prep work is required (the SUV has to know the trailer’s dimensions), however as soon as that’s executed, drivers can slowly maneuver the trailer into place by turning a knob on the dashboard as an alternative of utilizing the steering wheel.
2023 Nissan Armada
Max towing: 8500 kilos
Beginning at $52,495
The 2023 Nissan Armada has a most towing capability of 8500 kilos, and that determine applies to each rear- and all-wheel-drive fashions. In contrast to its Chevy and Ford counterparts, Nissan’s giant SUV is not supplied with a towing bundle, which means all Armadas are prepared to drag proper out of the field. Nonetheless, that does not imply customers miss out on options that make towing less complicated. For instance, each Armada has an ordinary auto-leveling suspension that contributes to smoother trailering on bumpy roads. An accessible 360-degree digital camera system additionally makes it simpler to again as much as a trailer hitch.
The 2023 Armada affords quite a lot of towing assists too. There’s Trailer Sway Management (which does what it sounds) and a Tow-Haul drive mode, which makes use of Downhill Pace Management to make driving down an incline smoother. The SUV’s built-in trailer-brake controller can be utilized to regulate or activate the trailer’s brakes. Nissan makes getting all these towing advantages straightforward, as they’re customary options on each trim however the base S variations.
2023 Chevy Tahoe
Max towing: 8400 kilos
Beginning at $56,095
The 2023 Chevy Tahoe can tow as much as 8400 kilos, however that max capability applies to rear-wheel-drive fashions with the usual 5.3-liter V-8 and the extra-cost Max Trailering bundle. The latter consists of an built-in trailer-brake controller and an upgraded radiator for higher cooling. When geared up with that bundle, rear-drive Tahoes with the accessible diesel 3.0-liter inline-six or the 6.2-liter V-8 have max towing capacities of 8200 and 8300 kilos, respectively. Selecting all- or four-wheel drive lowers all these max tow scores by 200 kilos.
The Max Trailering bundle provides Hitch Steerage with Hitch View (the place you see a digital camera view of the trailer on the infotainment display screen). The Premier and Excessive Nation fashions additionally embrace Trailer Facet Blind Zone Alert. With out the Max Trailering bundle, the rear-drive Tahoe’s max towing capacities with every engine are 8200 kilos (3.0-liter), 7900 kilos (5.3-liter), and 7800 kilos (6.2-liter). Selecting all- or -four-wheel drive lowers all these max tow figures by 200 kilos.
An Superior Trailer bundle can be non-obligatory, but it surely solely consists of an built-in trailer-brake controller and does not alter towing capacities. All 2023 Tahoe fashions have customary trailer sway management and a trailering hitch platform with a 2.0-inch receiver and seven-pin connectors. The Tahoe may also be geared up with trailer tire-pressure and temperature sensors.
Sebastian Blanco has been writing about electrical automobiles, hybrids, and hydrogen automobiles since 2006. His articles and automotive evaluations have appeared within the New York Occasions, Automotive Information, Reuters, SAE, Autoblog, InsideEVs, Vans.com, Automobile Discuss, and different retailers. His first green-car media occasion was the launch of the Tesla Roadster, and since then he has been monitoring the shift away from gasoline-powered automobiles and discovering the brand new expertise’s significance not only for the auto business, however for the world as an entire. Throw within the latest shift to autonomous automobiles, and there are extra attention-grabbing adjustments occurring now than most individuals can wrap their heads round. Yow will discover him on Twitter or, on good days, behind the wheel of a brand new EV.