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Towing Capacity of a Chevy Kodiak

by Rob Wagner

General Motors produced the medium-size Chevrolet Kodiak and its identical twin, the GMC Topkick, from 1980 to 2009. GM also had a cooperative agreement with Isuzu to manufacture the same truck as the Isuzu H-Series.


The Chevrolet Kodiak's towing capacity comes from a massive Duramax diesel-powered 330-horsepower (hp), 6.6-liter V-8 engine to generate 520 feet-pounds (ft.-lbs.) of torque. The torque generated in the engine gives the truck quick acceleration while hauling a load. An optional 325-hp 8.1-liter diesel V-8 with 620 ft.-lbs. of torque is also available.

Towing Capacity

The two-wheel-drive Kodiak C4500, which weighs more than 10,000 pounds (lbs.) is used primarily for commercial purposes and public emergency work such as firefighting, It's capable of towing 16,000 lbs. and another 5,500 lbs. of cargo on the vehicle itself with the 330-hp V-8.


Without a payload or trailer, the 300-hp Kodiak C4500 can reach zero to 60 miles-per-hour (mph) in 12 seconds. The Kodiak 300-hp diesel also powers the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD (heavy-duty) pickup trucks.

About the Author

Rob Wagner is a journalist with over 35 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines. His experience ranges from legal affairs reporting to covering the Middle East. He served stints as a newspaper and magazine editor in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Wagner attended California State University, Los Angeles, and has a degree in journalism.

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