Towing Specifications of Vehiclesby Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017
The Vehicles came in a wide variety of trim packages, according to MSN Autos. The Vehicles came as either rear-wheel two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive Vehicles each with either a four-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission.
Under The Hood:
- Towing Specifications of a 2008 Chevy Silverado 1500
- Towing Specifications for a Honda Pilot
- The Towing Specifications for a 2006 Ford F-150
- The Towing Specifications of an Envoy
- The Towing Specifications of a BMW X3
- Towing Specifications of a 2002 Four-Door Dodge Ram 4.7 V8 4x4
Towing capable Silverados have a 4.8-liter V-8 engine or greater. The 5.3-liter V-8 engine or greater engines tow with less strain on the truck than weaker models. The 2008 model has a 6-liter V-8 for maximum towing ability. All engines, 5.3-liter or greater, come with a four-speed transmission.
The 6-liter V-8 can haul up to 10,500 lbs. This necessitates a class five hitch for those wanting to take advantage of the large towing capacity. The 5.3-liter engine tows up to 7,500 lbs. The 4.8-liter V-8 handles about 6,500 lbs. Other factors impact towing capacity besides engine type and size, such as horsepower and horsepower rpm.
Two packages offered in 2008 focus on improving and readying the truck to haul. The Towing package includes a tow hook, seven-wire harness, heavy-duty alternate suspension, a 34 mm front stabilizer bar, high-capacity air cleaner, HD external transmission cooler, and locking differentials. The second option called the Trailering Special Equipment: HD, includes a tow hook, seven-wire harness, HD external transmission cooler, and high-capacity air cleaner. In addition, the trailering special equipment option requires a Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 SFI FlexFuel Engine with Active Fuel Management or the Vortec 4.8-liter V-8 engine or the Vortec 5800 V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management or the heavy-duty alternate suspension and a 34 mm front stabilizer bar. Both options cost extra.
With four-wheel drive, the 2014 Honda Pilot can tow 4,500 pounds. This weight rating has some qualifications though, as it assumes that there are only two 150-pound people in the vehicle with 15 pounds of cargo each. With every additional person riding in the SUV and their 15 pounds of cargo, the towing capacity goes down by 200 pounds, until there are seven people in the vehicle. With seven people, the towing capacity falls to just 2,000 pounds. Honda does not recommend towing with eight people in the vehicle.
With two to six people in the vehicle, the two-wheel-drive 2014 Pilot with a transmission cooler tows 1,000 pounds less than the four-wheel-drive model. With seven people, this SUV with a transmission cooler can tow 2,000 pounds, and Honda says not to tow with eight people on board. Without the transmission cooler installed, the Pilot can only tow 2,000 pounds with no more than two people in the vehicle.
Two-Wheel Drive Trims
The 2006 Ford F-150 two-wheel (rear-wheel) drive versions had a wide range of towing capabilities, according to MSN Autos. The standard towing capacity ranged between a high of 8,000 lbs. for the Lariat SuperCab 2WD and a low of 2,200 lbs. for the XT Long Bed 2WD. The maximum towing capacity ranged from a low of 7,000 lbs. for both the STX 2WD and the STX Flareside 2WD to a high of 9,500 lbs. for numerous trims, such as the XLT Flareside Super Cab 2WD and the XLT SuperCrew 6.5-foot Box 2WD.
Four-Wheel Drive Trims
Like their two-wheel drive counterparts, the four-wheel drive versions of the 2006 Ford F-150 also had a range of towing capabilities depending on the trim version. Both the STX SuperCab 5.5-foot Box 4WD and the XLT SuperCab 5.5-foot Box 4WD had a standard towing capacity of 6,000 lbs., while the Lariat SuperCrew 4WD had a standard towing capacity of 8,700 lbs., according to MSN Autos. The XL Long Bed 4WD and the XLT Long Bed 4WD had the highest maximum towing capacity of any four-wheel drive version at 9,500 lbs., while the STX SuperCab 5.5-foot Box 4WD had the lowest maximum towing capacity at 6,000 lbs.
The 2006 Ford F-150 came with one of three standard engines: a 4.2-liter V6, 4.6-liter V8 and a 5.4-liter V8, according to MSN Autos. The 4.2-liter V6 produced 202 horsepower at 4,350 rpm and 260 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,750 rpm. The 4.6-liter V8 produced 231 horsepower at 4,750 rpm and 293 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,500 rpm, while the 5.4-liter V8 produced 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 365 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,750 rpm. Though one of the three engines was standard on each trim, many trims had the other engines available as optional. equipment.
Each model of the 2009 Envoy had a maximum cargo volume of about 80 cubic feet. The SLE and SLT models weighed 4,404 pounds with rear-wheel drive and could carry a payload of up to 1,146 pounds With four-wheel drive, they could carry 1,209 pounds The Denali could haul 1,200 or 1,389 pounds depending on the drive type.
With a 285-horsepower, 4.2-liter, six-cylinder engine, the Envoy SLE and SLT models could tow a maximum trailer weight of 5,200 pounds or 5,300 pounds, depending on the drive type. The Denali sported a 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine and, depending on the drive type, could tow a maximum trailer weight of 6,000 or 6,100 pounds. The SLE and SLT both had a maximum gross combination weight rating of 10,000 pounds, while the Denali was rated for 11,000 pounds.
The higher the hitch measurement class, the more weight the vehicle can tow. The 2009 Envoy had a ranking of Class 4, which consists of vehicles that can tow up to 10,000 pounds gross trailer weight, or equipment such as campers or boats. Each model of the 2009 Envoy comes with a trailer harness and a trailer hitch.
BMW X3 Engines
When introduced in 2004, the BMW X3 was available with two different V6 engines. The standard powerplant was a 184-horsepower 2.5-liter; the optional one was a 225-horsepower 3.0-liter. The 2.5-liter engine was dropped in 2006, and an all-new 3.0-liter was introduced in 2007. The new 3.0-liter V6 was rated at 260 horsepower. Regardless of engine or year, the BMW X3 had a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
BMW X3 Payloads
BMW X3 payload ratings have varied by year and model. Payload is the total weight of passengers and cargo that the X3 can support. When equipped with the 2.5-liter V6, the X3 had a standard payload rating of 992 pounds and maximum rating of 1,003 pounds. Pre-2007 models with the 3.0-liter V6 had a standard payload rating of 1,025 pounds and maximum rating of 1,036 pounds. From 2007 on, the X3 had a standard and maximum payload rating of 1,036 pounds.
BMW X3 Transmissions
The first-generation of the BMW X3 was available with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment. A five-speed automatic transmission was optional. Starting in 2007, a six-speed automatic transmission was made available as an option. A six-speed manual transmission was still standard equipment. The type of transmission did not alter the X3's maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
ST Quad Cab Short Bed 4WD
The 2002 Ram four-wheel-drive ST Quad Cab Short Bed version had four doors and could seat up to six people. The truck had a standard towing capacity of 4,200 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds. If also had a standard and maximum payload capacity of 1,517 pounds.
ST Quad Cab Long Bed 4WD
The long-bed version of the four-wheel drive ST Quad Cab had slightly less towing capacity than the short-bed version, with a standard towing capacity of 4,000 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 7,850 pounds. If also had a smaller payload capacity, with standard and maximum payloads topping out at 1,451 pounds.
SLT Quad Cab Short Bed 4WD
The ST and SLT versions of the 2002 Dodge Ram were identical in terms of towing capacity. Like the ST version, the SLT Quad Cab Short Bed 4x4 also had a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds and a standard capacity of 4,200 pounds. Its maximum and standard payload capacity was also 1,517 pounds.
SLT Quad Cab Long Bed 4WD
The long-bed SLT version had the same capabilities as the ST version, with a standard towing rating of 4,00 pounds and a maximum of 7,850 pounds. This truck also had the same payload capabilities of the ST version, with both its maximum and standard payload at 1,451 pounds.