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Are you dreaming of an SUV with plenty of room for all your passengers, which is also sturdy enough to tow most trailers? You might think you’ll have to settle for a truck-like solid rear axle. But in truth, one SUV boasts the smooth ride of independent rear suspension and the only 10,000-pound towing capacity in its segment: the 2023 Wagoneer by Jeep. But only specific Wagoneer configurations–and engines–can tow this much.

What SUVs have a high towing capacity?

The regular Wagoneer by Jeep has the highest 2023 towing capacity: 10,000 pounds. The luxurious Grand Wagoneer trim lags with 9,850. Toyota’s V6 Sequoia claims third place with a 9,520-pound rating, the Ford Expedition comes in with 9,300 pounds, and the Suburban maxes out at just 8,300 pounds.

Promo photo of a gray Grand Wagoneer Jeep SUV towing a trailer with its independent rear suspension.
2023 Grand Wagoneer | Stellantis

You can see how all the 2023 SUV towing capacities break down–according to Forbes–in the table below:

Make/ModelMaximum Towing CapacityAverage Across All Trims
2023 Jeep Wagoneer 10,000 pounds10,000 pounds
2023 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 9,850 pounds 9,800 pounds
2023 Toyota Sequoia 9,520 pounds9,173 pounds
2022 Ford Expedition  9,300 pounds7,850 pounds
2022 Lincoln Navigator 8,700 pound8,375 pounds
2022 Dodge Durango 8,700 pounds7,433 pounds
2023 Nissan Armada 8,500 pounds8,500 pounds
2022 Infiniti QX80 8,500 pounds8,500 pounds
2022 Chevrolet Tahoe 8,400 pounds8,033 pounds
2022 GMC Yukon 8,400 pounds7,900 pounds
2022 Chevrolet Suburban 8,300 pounds7,891 pounds
2023 Cadillac Escalade 8,200 pounds7,722 pounds
2022 Lexus LX 8,000 pounds8,000 pounds
2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS  7,700 pounds 7,700 pounds

Is the Jeep Wagoneer based on the Ram truck?

The new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs share a lot of technology with Ram’s current pickup truck, but Jeep has also made some significant improvements. The Wagoneer may have more in common with the next generation of Ram 1500 than the present Ram trucks.

Promo photo of an isolated Grand Wagoneer chassis built of the ram truck by Stellantis and upgraded with independent rear suspension and a high towing capacity.
2022 Wagoneer chassis | Stellantis

One significant difference is that Jeep upgraded the Ram truck’s chassis with independent rear suspension. My colleague Allison Barfield reviewed the Grand Wagoneer and felt that the new SUV’s suspension gave it “tons of off-roading capabilities” for an SUV of its size.

We know the upcoming electric version of the Ram 1500 (the REV) will have independent rear suspension. Recent photos reveal this EV will look a lot like the production truck, and it’s likely that internal combustion variant of the sixth-generation Ram 1500 will also have the Wagoneer’s independent rear suspension.

Another difference between the Wagoneer and the half-ton Ram 1500 is the SUV’s engine options. The Ram 1500’s base engine is the 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated “Pentastar” V6 shared with Wranglers and base-model Challengers and Chargers. The top-trim engine is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8.

The Wagoneer’s base engine is the 5.7-liter Hemi. The Series II and Series III trims are available with the twin-turbocharged “Huricane” I6. The Grand Wagoneer’s base engine is the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 from the heavy-duty Ram 2500. Jeep has actually outfitted this engine with Ram’s eTorque system, for the first time. The Series II and Series III Grand Wagoneers are available with the high-output Hurricane.

How much can a Jeep Wagoneer tow?

The entry-level Jeep Wagoneer comes with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8. When you upgrade it with the towing package, its rating climbs to 10,000 pounds. No other configuration or engine can tow quite this much.

A silver Grand Wagoneer 4wd suv by Jeep fords a stream, trees visible in the background.
2023 Grand Wagoneer | Stellantis

Even though the Grand Wagoneer has a larger engine, it is also a heavier vehicle. Even with the towing package, it can only tow 9,850 pounds.

The new Hurricane I6 engines promise gobs of power. The high-output variant is rated for 510 horsepower. But at the moment, Jeep is not offering the towing package with either tune of the I6. Without the improved engine cooling of the towing package, these engines don’t have as high a tow rating as the V8.

Will the I6 eventually be able to tow 10,000 pounds? Most likely. Stellantis is angling to replace all its V8s with the Hurricane, so it will need to offer the towing package with the new engine. Moreover, the manufacturer’s highest tow rating already comes from a turbocharged I6–the 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel–so it certainly knows how to keep a turbocharged engine cool enough for trailering.

Next, find out why the 2023 Toyota Sequoia can tow more than some Tundra pickup trucks, or watch TFL truck test the towing capacity if the Hurricane-equipped Grand Wagoneer L in the video below: