Looking to tow with your new truck? These are some of the best midsize trucks from 2018 that can tow more than 3,000 pounds. You might not be surprised to see some pickup trucks by your favorite brands.
The Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab is one of the best midsize trucks from 2018
When Edmunds listed some of its favorite midsize trucks, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab was an obvious choice. This truck has excellent handling thanks to its independent rear suspension. Honda equipped the Ridgeline’s bed with lockage storage and a two-way tailgate you won’t find anywhere else. For the RT trim, the maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds, and the payload maxes out at 1,465 pounds. The top-level trim gets 5,000 pounds towing capacity; the Ridgeline is good enough for most situations.
Some of Edmunds’ favorite safety features include Collision Mitigation Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control, although these are only optional. Noteworthy standard safety features include the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, which is especially useful when towing or trailering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2018 Honda Ridgeline a five-star safety rating.
List Price Range: $25,500 – $35,750
Don’t overlook the reliable Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab is a good buy if you plan to take your new vehicle off-road. Toyota added clever features like a composite truck bed with moveable tie-down cleats and power outlets. Edmunds says it has a long history of reliability and all the capabilities buyers might need. The Toyota truck was equipped with four-wheel drive, and a V6 can tow 6,800 pounds. Otherwise, the Tacoma gets a 3,500 pounds tow rating and a maximum payload of 1,505 pounds.
The Tacoma comes with Toyota Safety Sense P, adding more standard safety features. Those safety systems include Blind-Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Toyota’s Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. The NHTSA gave the 2018 Toyota Tacoma high scores on its crash testing, as did the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
List Price Range: $25,995 – $43,997
2018 was a good year for the Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
Buyers of the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab can opt for the gasoline V6 or a diesel four-cylinder engine. Edmunds says the Colorado is a maneuverable side and has confident steering. The cabin controls are easy to use, and a new seven-inch touchscreen is standard. The maximum tow capacity for the Work Truck trim is between 5,000 to 7,000 pounds. The payload is under 1,500 pounds across the board.
Edmunds liked the OnStar System and Teen Driver Mode on the Chevy truck. The Safety Package includes forward collision and lane departure warning systems but is only on the LT trim. Both the NHTSA and IIHS gave the truck a four-star safety rating. That still makes the Colorado one of the best midsize trucks from 2018.
List Price Range: $23,998 – $42,806
Take into consideration what you might be towing daily before making your purchase. Most trucks will work if you plan to do some light towing occasionally. A higher tow rating is essential for those who want to haul heavy loads regularly.