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Best towing 2019: Every truck ranked

Motoring Research Logo By John Moroney of Motoring Research | Slide 1 of 26: There’s more to towing than just raw power, though that certainly helps. To be a good hauler, the truck’s transmission must be able to transmit all that power without overheating. The axles need to be able to carry the weight, with ratios chosen to maximize pulling power. The suspension has to control the load while still providing a decent ride. The weight of the truck matters. Almost counter-intuitively, a lighter truck can pull more than a heavier one, all else being equal. With less weight to begin with, more power can be applied to the load. Traditionally, manufacturers named their trucks according to carrying capacity, such as 100 for the half-ton model, 200 for the three-quarter-ton, and 300 for one ton. Today’s trucks are far more capable, but tend to use the similar conventions, such as Ford F-150, Ram 2500, and Chevy Silverado 3500. To compare towing capacity across models, we have grouped the trucks on sale in the U.S. into mid-size (the smallest size available), full-size, heavy-duty, and ultra-duty. We then loaded them up with the best engine choices and towing package for the job. Please note that as-built prices may vary. Research the latest trucks on MSN Autos | Follow MSN Autos on Facebook and Twitter

Every 2019 truck ranked for towing capacity

There’s more to towing than just raw power, though that certainly helps. To be a good hauler, the truck’s transmission must be able to transmit all that power without overheating. The axles need to be able to carry the weight, with ratios chosen to maximize pulling power. The suspension has to control the load while still providing a decent ride.

The weight of the truck matters. Almost counter-intuitively, a lighter truck can pull more than a heavier one, all else being equal. With less weight to begin with, more power can be applied to the load.

Traditionally, manufacturers named their trucks according to carrying capacity, such as 100 for the half-ton model, 200 for the three-quarter-ton, and 300 for one ton. Today’s trucks are far more capable, but tend to use the similar conventions, such as Ford F-150, Ram 2500, and Chevy Silverado 3500.

To compare towing capacity across models, we have grouped the trucks on sale in the U.S. into mid-size (the smallest size available), full-size, heavy-duty, and ultra-duty. We then loaded them up with the best engine choices and towing package for the job.

Please note that as-built prices may vary.

Research the latest trucks on MSN Autos | Follow MSN Autos on Facebook and Twitter

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