Best Family SUVs for Towing

By Hillary Mason

Summer 2020 may have your family thinking it is time for some outdoor fun involving large recreational toys whether it be a new boat or a pull-behind RV. Is your current family hauler capable of the task or is it time for an upgrade to go with the new recreational normal? Family Proof has rounded up the top-performing family haulers when it comes to towing.

2020 Ford Expedition

2020 Ford Expedition

9,300 lbs Max Towing Capacity

Three kids, two dogs and a 30 ft RV to tow? That is no problem for the 2020 Ford Expedition. With 36 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row, you will have no problem fitting all of your gear. To get the max performance, choose the rear-wheel-drive Expedition with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package costing $1,570. The package adds a heavy-duty radiator, 3.73 gearing, and an integrated trailer brake controller. It also features the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, allowing the driver to steer the trailer with cameras and a dial in the dash.

2020 Dodge Durango

2020 Dodge Durango

8,700 lbs Max Towing Capacity

Do you prefer performance and muscle with the space for family and the power to tow your toys? The 2020 Dodge Durango with the SRT trim returns the maximum 8,700 pounds of towing capacity featuring a 6.4-liter V8 that makes 475 horsepower, and is paired with all-wheel drive.

2020 Lincoln Navigator

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8,700 lbs Max Towing Capacity

Looking for some luxury to and from the lake? The 2020 Lincoln Navigator has almost all the power of its sister Ford Expedition but sacrificed some of the towing capacity to provide massaging seats and a few other bells and whistles Lincoln is famous for. The twin-turbo V6 makes 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with the factory-provided trailer hitch, it can tow up to 8,700 pounds.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

8,600 lbs Max Towing Capacity

Ever dependable, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is the most capable in the GM lineup, providing 8,600 pounds of towing, when the base 5.3-liter V8 engine is paired with rear-wheel drive and the $580 Max Trailering Package. The Tahoe also has an excellent predicted reliability rating and plenty of standard features, including the easy-to-use Chevrolet Infotainment System. It is operated via an 8-inch touch screen, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2020 GMC Yukon XL

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8,300 lbs Max Towing Capacity

The standard in large family hauling can also tow large toys. To get the best towing performance is with 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V8 engine when set up with rear-wheel drive and the available Max Trailering Package. For just $580, the Max Trailering Package provides a 3.42 rear axle ratio, integrated trailer brake controller, and self-leveling air suspension.

2020 Infiniti QX80

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8,500 lbs Max Towing Capacity

The recently redesigned Infinity QX80 is big and luxurious but very capable. The standard V8 engine that makes 400 horsepower. The Class IV trailer hitch is a $370 option, necessary for its maximum 8,500-pound towing capacity. After the campsite is set the QX80 can easily take the gang for some fancy takeout.

2020 Land Rover Discovery

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8,201 lbs Max Towing Capacity

A little off-roading after you drop the RV or the boat in the water? With three rows and plenty of capability the 2020 Land Rover Discovery can handle just about anything. Discovery models equipped with the $2,000 diesel engine will enjoy the max towing capacity of 8,201 pounds. The diesel engine is also the most efficient in the Discovery lineup, returning 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

2020 Porsche Cayenne

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7,700 lbs Max Towing Capacity

Two kids and a need for Porche performance? Possibly the coolest on the list, the 2020 Porche Cayenne is a strong contender available with a number of strong engines, ranging up to the 541-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 in the Turbo model. Even if you opt for the base 335-horsepower V6 – the towing capacity tops out at 7,716 pounds more than enough for the ski boat or ultra cool Airstream.