Compare Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, and Ram 1500 Towing Capacities in Phoenix, AZ

Modern trucks are more capable and feature-packed than ever. With the sleek design, plush seating, and high-quality materials of some of the upper trim levels, it'd be easy to mistake the inside of a crew cab for a luxury SUV. Today's top trucks are also loaded with the latest entertainment, safety, and driver-assistance technologies, including adaptive cruise control, surround-view camera systems, and premium audio systems. Additionally, there are myriad available productivity features that make our jobs easier, like trailer blind-spot monitoring, auto-grade parking, and Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist.

No other type of vehicle exceeds the versatility of the pickup. Trucks provide ample interior and exterior cargo capacities, the widest variety of features and technologies, and many models offer more-spacious passenger accommodations than some crossover SUVs.

All that said, when considering a pickup's capabilities, "how much can it tow?" is among the first questions that come to mind. On the job site, pickup trucks are employed to transport things like heavy machinery (like excavators and bulldozers), power generators, and building supplies. Farmers may use a pickup to tow hay bales, livestock, horse trailers, and tractors. Trucks are also ideal for recreation, to tow things like campers, boats, personal watercraft, all-terrain vehicles, and dirt bikes.

In the world of full-size trucks, three nameplates reign supreme: Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, and Ram 1500. Below, we provide an objective comparison of the available engines and towing capacities of these iconic American trucks.

Max Towing Capacities (in Pounds)

A Note on Tow Ratings: This is a high-level guide to the maximum possible engine tow ratings of each cab size when properly equipped. All ratings assume the inclusion of a max tow package if applicable.

Many factors influence a truck's towing capacity, including engine power, cab size, bed length, curb weight, type of suspension, list of amenities, and more. You should not attempt towing until you know the capacity of your specific model. Towing and hauling specifications can be found on the frame sticker inside the driver's door.

Chevy Silverado

4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 (285 horsepower, 305 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 2,060 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: 7,900
  • Double Cab: 7,700
  • Crew Cab: 7,700

2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (310 horsepower, 348 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 2,085 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: N A
  • Double Cab: 6,800
  • Crew Cab: 6,800

5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 (355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 2,060 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: 10,000 (L82 engine only)
  • Double Cab: 11,600
  • Crew Cab: 11,500

3.0-liter Duramax® 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel I-6 (277 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 3,230 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: N A
  • Double Cab: 9,300
  • Crew Cab: 9,300

6.2-liter EcoTec3 V-8 (420 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 2,100 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: N A
  • Double Cab: 13,400
  • Crew Cab: 12,000

Ram 1500

3.6-liter V-6 (305 horsepower, 269 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 2,100 pounds)

  • Quad Cab: 7,730
  • Crew Cab: 7,620

5.7-liter V-8 (395 horsepower, 410 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 1,910 pounds)

  • Quad Cab: 11,620
  • Crew Cab: 11,540

3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 (260 horsepower, 480 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 2,040 pounds)

  • Quad Cab: 10,070
  • Crew Cab: 9,960

Ford F-150

3.3-liter Ti-VCT V-6 (290 horsepower, 265 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 1,990 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: 7,700
  • SuperCab: 7,400
  • SuperCrew: 7,400

2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 (325 horsepower, 400 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 2,470 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: 9,000
  • SuperCab: 9,000
  • SuperCrew: 9,000

3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 (375 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 3,230 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: 12,100
  • SuperCab: 12,000
  • SuperCrew: 13,200

5.0-liter Ti-VCT V-8 (395 horsepower, 400 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 3,270 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: 11,200
  • SuperCab: 11,300
  • SuperCrew: 11,500

3.0-liter Turbo Diesel V-6 (250 horsepower, 440 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 2,020 pounds)

  • Regular Cab: N A
  • SuperCab: 11,500
  • SuperCrew: 11,400

3.5-liter EcoBoost High Output V-6 (450 horsepower, 510 pound-feet of torque)(Max Payload: 1,200 [Raptor] / 1,520 pounds [Limited])

  • Regular Cab: N A
  • SuperCab (Raptor): 6,000
  • SuperCrew (Raptor): 8,000
  • SuperCrew (Limited): 11,100

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