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Towing can be a nice feature to have in a midsize SUV, but for some people it’s a priority. Depending on what you’ll need to tow and how frequently that need will arise, the towing capacity that you’re looking for may vary. If you’ll be towing something heavy regularly, you’ll want to take a look at the 2022 midsize SUVs with the highest towing capacity. Perhaps surprisingly, more than half of the top SUVs for towing are luxury SUVs.

A maroon 2023 Land Rover Defender 130 at the beach.
2023 Land Rover Defender 130 | Land Rover

7 out of the top 10 midsize SUVs for towing are luxury SUVs

Kelley Blue Book lists the top ten midsize 2022 SUVs for towing and seven of those are luxury SUVs. The highest-ranked luxury SUV for towing is the 2022 Land Rover Defender, which can tow up to 8,201 pounds. Followed by that is the 2022 Porsche Cayenne, which has a towing capacity of 7,716 pounds. Taking the number three spot for luxury SUV towing capacity is the 2022 Audi Q7, with a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds.

Four other luxury SUVs take up space in the top SUVs for towing capabilities. The 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE can tow up to 7,700 pounds, while the 2022 BMW X5 has a towing capacity of 7,200 pounds. The 2022 Lincoln Aviator tows up to 6,700 pounds. Finally, the 2022 Lexus GX 460 has a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds.

The 2022 Dodge Durango is the midsize SUV with the highest towing capacity

The 2022 Dodge Durango has a powerful V8 engine with a high towing capacity. Two trim levels are especially good for bringing your boat to the lake or ocean. Both the 2022 Dodge Durango RT 392 and the 2022 Dodge Durango R/T with the Tow N Go package can tow up to 8,700 pounds.

In addition, other Dodge Durangos have a respectable towing capacity. The 2022 Dodge R/T and Citadel with rear-wheel-drive can tow up to 7,400 pounds. The all-wheel-drive version of the R/T and Citadel can tow up to 7,200 pounds. The 2022 Dodge Durango SXT, SXT Plus, GT, and Citadel SUVs can tow 6,200 pounds.

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2022 Nissan Pathfinder round out the top ten

The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee can tow up to 6,200 pounds when equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine. It can tow even more if you upgrade to the 5.7-liter V8 engine with four-wheel-drive. This increases the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s towing capacity to 7,200 pounds.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder takes the tenth spot on the list of the top ten SUVs for towing capacity. The Nissan Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds. While that may be nowhere near the Dodge Durango’s max tow range, it’s still better than a lot of midsize SUVs. To get that you’ll have to opt for the Class III tow hitch.

The best midsize 2022 SUVs offer a wide range of options for those who want something that can be both stylish and versatile as well as tow a whole lot. Even if you want to be ale to ride in luxury to your lake house while towing your boat, you won’t have to sacrifice a thing with the luxury SUVs on this list.


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