By James Raia
MotorTrend has just released a comprehensive look at all things related to 2021 trucks, from payload to towing, gas mileage to bed quality.
One of the most coveted category titles is towing capacities for half-ton pickup trucks.
According to the publication, Ford has recaptured the lead among mainstream manufacturers.
Ford has versatile top-towing F-150s
Its F-150 has a maximum trailer weight of 14,000 pounds. Two-wheel drive F-150s fitted with the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and either SuperCab or SuperCrew can be configured to hit this maximum weight.
Four-wheel drive Ford F-150 trucks drop 100 pounds to 13,900 pounds of max towing ability.
Chevrolet’s Silverado and GMC’s Sierra can tow a maximum of 13,300 pounds with a 6.2L V-8 equipped four-wheel-drive extended cab truck. A 2021 Ram 1500 can tow up to 12,750 pounds with a 5.7L Hemi V-8 equipped Quad-Cab two-wheel drive. Both the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra top out in the 9,000- to the 10,000-pound range.
Here’s the list of leading capacities for 2021 half-ton pickup trucks:
• Ford F-150 (two-wheel drive), 14,000 pounds
• Ford F-150 (four-wheel drive), 13,900 pounds
• Chevrolet Silverado, 13,300 pounds
• GMC Sierra, 13,300 pounds
• Ram 1500, 12,750 pounds
• Toyota Tundra, 10,200
• Nissan Titan, 9,400 pounds
James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.