What Midsize Truck Can Tow the Most?


When looking to purchase a truck, there are many different factors to take into account. 

For many, the towing capacity of a prospective truck is very important. 

This leads many to ask, what midsize truck can tow the most?

The Chevrolet Colorado is the best-midsize truck for towing capacity, with a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. Some other midsize trucks with good towing capacities are the GMC Canyon, the Jeep Gladiator, the Ford Ranger, the Toyota Tacoma, the Nisan Frontier, and the Honda Ridgeline.

We looked into each of these midsize trucks, here are some of the important details we discovered.

The Chevrolet Colorado

The midsize truck that can tow the most is the Chevrolet Colorado.

This truck can get a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. 

To get this towing capacity, you need to get the long bed, the extended cab, the 4 wheel drive, and the Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. 

However, this midsize truck’s basic trim can tow an average of 7,000 lbs. (Source

These additions will make the truck cost more, but if a high towing capacity is what you want, this one is the best.

Here is some more information about the basic trim of the Chevrolet Colorado 2021 truck:

  • Length – 212.70 in
  • Width – 74.30 in
  • Height – 70.70 in
  • Starting price – $25,200
  • Passenger capacity – 5 people
  • Gas mileage – 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway

The GMC Canyon

With a starting price of $26,800, we have the 2021 GMC Canyon. 

This midsize truck also has a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs.

To get that high towing capacity, you do need to make sure you have some specific features.

“Canyon’s 7,700-lb rating requires the Elevation 2WD Crew Cab model, available Duramax 2.8L I4 Turbo Diesel engine and Trailering Package.”

gmc.com

However, if you don’t get those features and packages, you won’t get that good of a towing capacity. 

Some of the trims of the 2021 GMC Canyon can have a towing capacity of only 3,500 lbs.

This basic trim will cost less, but it won’t be able to tow as much. 

If towing capacity is really important to you, make sure to look into the different trims and trailering packages for the truck.

We looked up the stats for the elevation standard trim of the 2021 GMC Canyon.

  • Length – 212.40 in
  • Width – 74.30 in
  • Height – 70.70 in
  • Passenger capacity – 5 people
    (Source)

Something to be aware of with the 2021 GMC Canyon is that it doesn’t have the best-predicted reliability ratings or customer satisfaction ratings.

We highly suggest doing some research if you are interested in buying this truck.

The Jeep Gladiator

It might not look like your typical truck, but technically the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is classified as a midsize truck. 

Whether or not you see it as a truck, its towing capacity is 7,650 lbs when you have the right configuration. 

However, it has a towing capacity of 4,000 lbs for its basic trim. (Source)

Below are some more details about the 2021 Jeep Gladiator.

  • Length – 218 in
  • Width – 73.8 in
  • Height – 75 in
  • Curb weight – 4,650 lbs
  • Starting price – $34,645
  • Passenger capacity – 5 people
  • Gas mileage – 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway
    (Source)

This truck is the longest of all the trucks on its list, almost 6 inches longer than the competition. 

Depending on the preferences of the driver, this might be seen as a good thing or a bad thing. 

On the one hand, it means more space, while on the other hand, it means some people might find it harder to park and maneuver.

The Ford Ranger

This Ford Ranger is the next midsize truck we’re going to look at.

It can have a towing capacity of 7,500 lbs. (Source) This truck has the best gas mileage of any on this list, and it still has a decent towing capacity. 

Of course, some specifications will vary depending on the car and driver.

Here are the specs we found for the 2021 Ford Ranger XL, the basic trim:

  • Length – 210.8
  • Width – 73.3 in
  • Height – 70.7 in
  • Curb weight – 4,145 lbs
  • Starting price – $25,070
  • Passenger capacity – 4 people
  • Gas mileage – 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway
    (Source)

As well as high towing capacity, this truck has a reliability and safety rating of about 4 out of 5 stars.

The Toyota Tacoma

If you get the right packages and features, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma can have a towing capacity of 6,800 lbs.

But, if you don’t get the extra packages and upgrades, you won’t have a very good towing capacity, like with the GMC Canyon. 

The basic trim for this truck, the SP, only has a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. (Source

Again, if a good towing capacity is important for you, you will have to pay for extra packages and features.

For the specs for this truck, we looked at the 2021 Toyota Tacoma SP trim.

  • Length – 212.3 in
  • Width – 74.4 in
  • Height – 70.6 in
  • Curb weight – 3,915 lbs
  • Starting price – $26,400
  • Passenger capacity – 4 people
  • Gas mileage – 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway
    (Source)

The Nissan Frontier

Next, we have the Nissan Frontier.

This midsize truck has a towing capacity of 6,720 lbs when equipped properly, while its basic trims have a slightly lower towing capacity that starts at 6,620 lbs (Source).

Here are the specs for the basic trim of the 2021 Nissan Frontier:

  • Length – 205.5 in
  • Width – 72.8 in
  • Height – 70.1 in
  • Curb weight – 4,180 lbs
  • Starting price – $27,190
  • Passenger capacity – 4 people
  • Gas mileage – 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway

The Honda Ridgeline

The last midsize truck on our list is the Honda Ridgeline, which can have a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.

This truck is the most expensive on our list. 

While it doesn’t have the highest towing capacity, it still is a good vehicle. 

Also, it has a safety rating of 5 out of 5 stars. 

The basic specs we found were based on the 2021 Honda Ridgeline sport trim:

  • Length – 210.2 in
  • Width – 78.6 in
  • Height – 70.8 in
  • Starting price – $36,490
  • Passenger capacity – 5 people
  • Gas mileage – 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway

Will Turner

Will has an absolute passion for 4x4s and loves discovering all of the small details about each model. Will joined the Four Wheel Trends team in early 2021 and has been a valuable contributor ever since!

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