I Want A Midsize SUV That Can Tow 5,000 Pounds! What Should I Buy? (2019/2020 Update)

Most of these SUVs can tow at least 5,000 pounds

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid

UPDATE 1/15/21: There’s a new version of this article that includes 2021 SUVs!

What’s the best family hauler for towing?

Midsize family SUVs live in a fiercely competitive segment, second only to compact crossovers. We task them with every part of our modern lives. From carrying children and cargo to satisfying our performance needs, and even towing the occasional boat.

Last year, we answered a question from a viewer who wanted one all-wheel drive that could tow his ATV and had a decent all-wheel drive system:

“I currently have an older Dodge pickup truck and a Subaru Crosstrek. I’m strongly considering going back to 1 vehicle and getting a trailer to haul my UTV and other hauling duties. What are the best mid-size SUVs with good 4×4 systems that can carry 4 people and “stuff” and can haul 5,000 lbs.?”

Jedironin380, June 2018

As before, we don’t recommend pushing the limits of your vehicle’s towing capacity. Even if you can tow 5,000 pounds, it’s wise to leave a little room to avoid placing excessive strain on the powertrain or brakes. If you’re towing over 3,000 pounds, we also recommend fitting an OEM or reputable aftermarket brake controller.

2019-2020 Midsize Crossover/SUV towing chart

Vehicles are listed here in order of make and model:

Make/ModelEngineMax. TowingStarting Price*
Acura MDX3.5L V65,000 lbs.$46,400 (SH-AWD)
Audi Q73.0L Turbo V67,700 lbs.$59,950 (Premium)
Audi Q83.0L Turbo V67,700 lbs.$67,400 (Premium)
BMW X53.0L Turbo I6~6,600 lbs.$61,200 (xDrive40i)
Buick Enclave3.6L V65,000 lbs.$45,295 (Essence AWD)
Chevrolet Traverse3.6L V65,000 lbs.$34,900 (LS AWD)
Dodge Durango3.6L V66,200 lbs.$33,095 (SXT)
Ford Explorer2.3L I-4/3.0L Turbo V65,300 lbs.
(ST: 5,600)
$36,175 (XLT)
Honda Pilot3.5.L V65,000 lbs.$33,550 (LX AWD)
Hyundai Palisade3.8L V65,000 lbs.$34,345 (SE AWD)
Infiniti QX603.5L V65,000 lbs.$46,350 (AWD)
Jeep Cherokee3.2L V64,500 lbs.$27,240 (Latitude 4×4)
Jeep Grand Cherokee3.6L V6/6.4L V86,200 lbs.
(SRT: 7,200)
$33,895 (Laredo E)
$67,495 (SRT)
Kia Sorento3.3L V65,000 lbs.$34,530 (LX V6 AWD)
Kia Telluride3.8L V65,000 lbs.$33,690 (LX)
Land Rover Defender2.0L I-4/3.0L I-67,716 lbs.$49,900 (Base 110)
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class3.5L V67,700 lbs.$56,700 (GLE 350 4MATIC)
Nissan Pathfinder3.5L V66,000 lbs.$33,370 (S 4×4)
Porsche Cayenne3.0L Turbo V67,700 lbs.$65,700 (Cayenne)
Range Rover Sport3.0L S/C V67,716 lbs.$68,750 (SE)
Subaru Ascent2.4L Turbo H45,000 lbs.$34,395 (Premium)
Tesla Model XElectric5,000 lbs.$84,990 (Long Range)
Toyota Highlander3.5L V65,000 lbs.$35,340 (LE V6 AWD)
Volkswagen Atlas3.6L V65,000 lbs.$34,095 (S w/ 4MOTION)
Volvo XC902.0L Turbo I45,000 lbs.$50,850 (T5 Momentum AWD)

This list will be updated as new models emerge, and prices may be updated.