Ford F-Series Super Duty
Ford F-Series trucks are the undeniable kings of towing. The decades-long recipe to success is the extremely rigid frame, tough suspension, and a massive V8 engine. The gasoline 6.2L V8 provides the F-250 with a towing capacity of 12,500 pounds, but it’s the 6.7L Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel that’s the real star.
With the diesel powering the F-250, it can tow up to 20,000 pounds with ease. The F-350 is even more powerful and can tow 21,200 pounds, while the F-450 can haul an impressive 24,200 pounds. If you’re looking for the most capable towing truck, the F-Series Super Duty is the best choice.
- F-250 Super Duty: up to 20,000 lbs. conventional towing capacity.
- F-350 Super Duty: up to 21,200 lbs. conventional towing capacity.
- F-450 Super Duty: up to 24,200 lbs. conventional towing capacity.
GMC Sierra Heavy Duty
The Sierra Heavy Duty series doesn’t trail far behind the F-Series. GMC has two very powerful models, the Sierra 2500 HD and Sierra 3500 HD. The power comes from two 6.6L V8 engines - one gasoline-powered, the other running on diesel.
On the lower end of the spectrum, both 2500 HD and 3500 HD can tow 14,500 pounds with either engine option. However, while the gas V8 reaches its limit of 16,800 pounds in the 3500 DRW, the diesel goes beyond, up to 20,000 in every 3500 DRW and most of 3500 SRW crew cabs.
The GMC Sierra may not have the same maximum towing capacity as Ford Super Duty trucks, but the upper range is more obtainable, especially with crew cabs. The tradeoff comes down to the fraction of the towing capabilities in favor of more options and reduced cost, which makes the Sierra Heavy Duty a strong contender for the title of the best towing truck.
- Sierra 2500 Heavy Duty: up to 18,500 lbs. conventional towing capacity.
- Sierra 3500 Heavy Duty: up to 20,000 lbs towing capacity.
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD
The similarities between the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty are obvious - mechanically, they’re the same vehicle. However, each company has its own take on the exterior and interior design, as well as the choice of materials.
In terms of towing, Silverado 2500HD has a capacity between 14,500 and 18,500 pounds, just like the Sierra 2500. The story is the same for Silverado 3500HD - from 14,500 to 20,000 pounds, depending on the engine and equipment package. The choice between Silverado and Sierra comes down to personal preference and the price tag.
- Silverado 2500HD: up to 18,500 lbs. conventional towing capacity.
- Silverado 3500HD: up to 20,000 lbs. conventional towing capacity.
Ford F-450 Super Duty is the most capable truck for towing, but the rest of the options are closely matched.
The F-250 gets ahead of Sierra 2500 HD and Silverado 2500HD by a 1,500-pound margin, while the F-350 beats its GMC and Chevrolet counterparts by 1,200 pounds. Ultimately, the difference is marginal, so feel free to choose whichever model fits your budget and personal preference.