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If you are looking for the best truck engine for towing a boat or camper this year, you should watch our truck engine towing test with the newest engines on the market. In this video, Publisher Tim Esterdahl compares current engines and gives a breakdown of the pros and cons of each.

To make things fair, Esterdahl used the same trailer and drove the same roads in similar weather conditions for each of these tow tests. Now let’s get on to the trucks used in this best engine for towing comparison.

Ford F-150 PowerBoost: towing with a hybrid engine

First up is the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid 4×4 Supercrew pickup with the King Ranch package. This truck has a 5 1/2-foot bed, 3.5 liter twin-turbo V-6 engine, which offers 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. The max tow rating for this F-150 Powerboost Hybrid is 12,400 pounds and the max payload is 1,321 pounds. This truck costs $79,400 and gets approximately 24 MPG.

Sierra 1500: a diesel truck engine for towing

The GMC truck Esterdahl is towing with for this video is a 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel 4×4 Limited. This truck is a Crew Cab configuration with a 5.83-foot bed and the starting MSRP is $65,155. The Sierra’s 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque for an excellent towing experience. This truck has a 10-speed automatic transmission. The max tow rating for this GMC Sierra is 8,800 pounds and the payload maximum is 1,484 pounds. This truck’s fuel economy rating is 20 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway, averaging 21 MPG in combined driving, and it has a 24-gallon fuel tank.

Ram 1500 Rebel G/T: V-8 engine tow test

The 2022 Ram 1500 Rebel G/T with V-8 eTorque engine is a four-wheel-drive pickup truck with a crew cab configuration and a 5.58-foot bed. This truck’s 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with eTorque produces 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Of all the trucks driven in this series, the Ram may be the strongest and fastest on paper, but will it be the best truck engine for towing? With a 11,220-pound max tow rating and 1,324-pound payload limit it sounds capable enough. The Ram 1500 Rebel truck’s fuel economy is rated at 17/23/19 MPG (city/highway/combined), and it has a 26-gallon fuel tank.

2022 Toyota Tundra: towing with a V-6 engine

Last but not least is the 2022 Toyota Tundra with an i-Force twin-turbo V-6 engine. (not the hybrid). It is a 4×4 Limited with the crew max cabin configuration and a 5.5-foot bed. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine produces 389 horsepower and 479-pound feet of fabulous torque. The Tundra has a 10-speed automatic transmission, can tow up to 11,120 pounds and has a payload limit of 1,400 pounds. The EPA for this truck is 17/22/19 MPG and the truck has a 32-gallon fuel tank. The MSRP for this truck is $59,525.

Grab a coke and some popcorn and enjoy the show!

If you’re wondering which half-ton truck and powertrain is the best for the job at hand this is the video for you! Ford vs. GMC Sierra vs. Ram vs. Toyota Tundra vs. Nissan Titan: Which half-ton truck tows a camper the best? Hit play and find out! Once you’ve picked your truck be sure to grab a Weigh Safe hitch and a PPE transmission cooler for the ultimate towing experience.

This is an hour-long video, so here are some chapter notes in case you want to dig into something specific.

0:00 Intro
1:16 Ford F-150 Hybrid
13:57 Hybrid Towing MPG
15:24 GMC Sierra Diesel
31:42 Diesel Towing MPG
33:46 Ram 1500 V-8
48:04 V-8 Towing MPG
49:40 Toyota Tundra 3.5L V-6
1:03:03 V-6 Towing MPG
1:05:03 Towing Winners/Losers

Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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