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10 Best Used SUVs For Towing Under $20,000

Contrary to what the ads and commercials would have you believe; hard work is not the exclusive domain of pickup trucks. SUVs can handle plenty of dirty jobs too. In fact, many can nearly match the same levels of capability as pickup trucks when it comes to towing. And because SUVs are so versatile, they’ll be able to move those big loads and still carry plenty of people on the inside—plus all their gear. Here is our list for the best used SUVs for Towing Under $20,000.

1. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

When the trail turns ugly, few SUVs can slog through that muck with greater ease than the Jeep Grand Cherokee. But the cool thing about this Jeep is that its talents go far deeper. A V6 Grand Cherokee can tow a 6,200-pound trailer. Opt for the 5.7-liter V8 and that tow ability jumps to 7,200 lbs.—within striking distance of far larger and heavier fullsize SUVs. The Grand packs a lot of muscle for its size. Find a Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale

2. 2015 Nissan Armada

2015 Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada is the SUV version of the fullsize Titan pickup truck, so it shares the same strong V8 engine and stout chassis. The Armada’s unique design helps it stand apart from typical SUVs as does it’s very impressive 9,000-lb. tow capacity. And if you need to carry big cargo, the Armada can swallow almost 100 cu-ft of stuff with the seats folded. Find a Nissan Armada for sale

3. 2012 GMC Yukon Denali XL

2012 GMC Yukon XL

The Denali XL is an excellent value because it does so many jobs really well. The Denali package includes a 400 hp 6.2-liter V8—class leading power. But it also has a luxurious interior that comes standard with many upscale touches. Best of all, thanks to that robust chassis, the smooth-riding Denali can tow 7,900 pounds and probably do so without breaking much of a sweat. Find a GMC Yukon XL for sale

4. 2013 Lincoln Navigator

2013 Lincoln Navigator L

Lincolns are known for their luxurious interiors, and the Navigator is no exception. When new, these trucks could cost as much as $70,000 if the buyer chose all the options. So, this fancy machine is a bargain today. But beneath the upscale skin is a real truck and that means you can tow 9,000 lbs. with the standard wheelbase or 8,700 lbs. with the longer version. Impressive numbers to be sure. Find a Lincoln Navigator for sale

5. 2012 Toyota Sequoia

2012 Toyota Sequoia

The Toyota Sequoia is one SUV that’s known for its powerful engine. The 381 hp 5.7-liter V8 punches way above its weight class and makes this SUV really scoot off the line. But the truck’s great motor mean it will make short work of a 7,000 lb. trailer. The added bonus? This is a Toyota with a strong reputation for quality. Indeed, this is a truck that leaves its owners satisfied. Find a Toyota Sequoia for sale

6. 2014 Volkswagen Touareg

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

The VW Touareg is a surprisingly capable SUV, that is unless you know the history. The original Touareg was a beast that came with an optional V10 diesel. These second-generation models are much more reliable and drive better but didn’t lose much muscle. This VW Touareg can tow 7,700 pounds. That’s as much as some fullsize SUVs. But the cool thing about this one is that the Touareg drives with VW’s well-known European athleticism. Find a Volkswagen Touareg for sale

7. 2014 Chevrolet Suburban

2014 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevy Suburban has been moving people and their stuff since the mid-1930s. That’s staggering. And the 2014 version shows why it has stuck around as one of the longest-lived vehicle nameplates. Not only does the Suburban ride smoothly and have plenty of room for 8 people and their luggage, but it can tow 8,000 pounds too—plenty for a good size RV camping trailer. Find a Chevrolet Suburban for sale

8. 2013 Ford Expedition

2013 Ford Expedition

The Expedition is Ford’s stout Fullsize SUV workhorse. There’s room for eight passengers and an incredible amount of cargo, especially if you hunt down the EL (extra-long) model. The 5.4-liter V8 provides reasonable but not exemplary acceleration. However, the Expedition’s tow rating of 9,200 lbs. for the standard model and 8,900 lbs for the EL are downright impressive. Consider the Expeditions smooth ride, thanks to its four-wheel independent suspension and this Ford is a winner. Find a Ford Expedition for sale

9. 2012 Toyota 4Runner

2012 Toyota 4Runner

At first, the Toyota 4Runner might not seem like a trailer tow heavy hitter. After all, the truck merely has tow rating of 5,000 pounds. But here’s the thing, lots of SUVs are rated to tow 5,000 lbs. but few of them use a rugged body on frame chassis and fewer still have the 4Runner’s off-road capability. And once you add in the 4Runner’s reputation for reliability, So the 4Runner is a lot of truck for the money. Find a Toyota 4Runner for sale

10. 2014 Dodge Durango 

2014 Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango is a very well-rounded SUV. Yes, this midsize can tow like a fullsize truck. The V8 models have the ability to move a 7,400 lb. trailer. But it’s also part muscle truck, because that Hemi V8 provides serious acceleration. And the Durango has tidy midsize proportions so it can fit in just about any parking spot. Plus, its roomy with the space to carry adults in all three of its seating rows. Find a Dodge Durango for sale

10 Best Used SUVs For Towing Under $20,000

1. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2. 2015 Nissan Armada
3. 2012 GMC Yukon Denali XL
4. 2013 Lincoln Navigator
5. 2012 Toyota Sequoia
6. 2014 Volkswagen Touareg
7. 2014 Chevrolet Suburban
8. 2013 Ford Expedition
9. 2012 Toyota 4Runner
10. 2014 Dodge Durango

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