Top 13 Best Utes for Towing Capacity 2023

What is the best ute for towing in Australia? We compare the top 13 utes in Australia by tow weight and payload ratings including the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara and more so you don’t have to.

Utes are lighter than SUVs and generally offer greater towing and payload capacity. 222,345 utes were sold in Australia in 2021 and while a large part of those sales were allocated to fleet buyers, more and more buyers are turning to up-spec utes due to their ability to pull heavy loads instead of SUV offroaders. 

Not long ago a 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity was reserved for the best and most heavy duty utes, but it’s now become standard in the most popular utes.

We’ve compiled a list of the utes on sale in Australia in 2022. We have included data for braked towing and payload capacity of utes on the Australian market and split it up for the various trim levels available to give a better idea of how well suited each vehicle is to towing.

While the Silverado and Ram are rated to tow above 4.5t the chart above is limited to standard hitch, brakes and trailer setup.

Toyota Hilux ute towing and payload capacity

We’ll start this list with Australia’s most iconic ute that has been a favourite of tradies for years, unfortunately for the premium Hilux Rugged X it has reduced payload compared to it’s Hilux ute siblings.

Toyota modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
Hilux Workmate 4×2  petrol122kW/245Nm 2.7-litre petrol four2500kg985-1205kg
Hilux 4×2 Hi-Rider diesel (Workmate, SR, SR5)110kW/400Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four2800kg1005-1235kg
Hilux Workmate 4×4 110kW/400Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg940-1250kg
Hilux 4×4 manual (SR, SR5)150kW/420Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg940-1225kg
Hilux 4×4 auto (SR, SR5, Rogue, Rugged X*)150kW/500Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg734*-1225kg (SR S Cab)

Ford Ranger ute towing and payload capacity

In the last few years, the Ford Ranger has become Australia’s best-selling 4×4 ute and offers up to 3.5-tonne towing capacity. The awesome range topping Raptor is only rated to tow 2500kg because of it ride setup.

Ford modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
Ranger XL low-rider 4×2 manual118kW/385Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four2500kg1259kg
Ranger Raptor 4×4 auto2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four2500kg748kg
Ranger XL high-rider 4×2 auto118kW/385Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg1230-1476kg
Ranger 4×4 (XL, XLT, XLS, Wildtrak*, Sport, FX4)147kW/420Nm 3.2-litre twin-turbo diesel five3500kg922*-1331kg
Ranger 4×4 (XL, XLT, Wildtrak, FX4, FX4 Max157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four3500kg954-1304kg

Isuzu D-MAX ute towing and payload capacity

Isuzu D-maxs equipped with the ‘4JJ3’ 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine can tow up to 3.5-tonnes, though its unbraked rating of 700kg is 50kg short of the competition.

Isuzu modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
D-Max SX 4×2 manual/auto 110kW/350Nm 1.9-litre turbo-diesel four2800/3000kg1405/1380kg
D-Max 4×2 (SX, LS-U)140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg985-1305kg
D-Max 4×4 (SX, LS-M, LS-U, X-Terrain*)140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg935*-1320kg

Mazda ute towing and payload capacity

The Mazda BT-50 uses the same 3.0-litre engine that powers the D-MAX, but as with most sportier range topping models the SP and Thunder have low payload capacities.

Mazda modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
BT-50 XS 4×2110kW/350Nm 1.9-litre turbo-diesel four3000kg1236kg
BT-50 4×2 (XT, XTR)140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg1055-1315kg
BT-50 4×4 (XT, XTR, GT, SP, Thunder*)140kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg887*-1340kg

Mitsubishi Triton ute towing and payload capacity

The Triton is one of the more affordable utes from the traditional set of competitors and rolls on a narrow track compared to its rivals. That said, the Triton’s upper-spec dual cab 4×4 variants can still haul 3100kg.

Mitsubishi modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
Triton GLX 4×2 single cab94kW/194Nm 2.4-litre petrol four1800kg1280kg
Triton GLX 4×2 single cab 133kW/420Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four2500kg948-1150kg
Triton 4×2 dual cab (GLX, GLX-R)133kW/420Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four3000kg960-1125kg
Triton 4×4 single and club cab (GLX, GLX+)133kW/420Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four3000kg900-1220kg
Triton 4×4 dual cab (GLX, GLX+, MR, GLX-R, GLS, GSR*)133kW/420Nm 2.4-litre turbo-diesel four3100kg900*-1120kg

Nissan ute towing and payload capacity

The Nissan Navara is the only ute on sale in Australia that has a 3500kg braked towing capacity across all its variants.

Nissan modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
Navara SL 4×2 120kW/403Nm 2.3-litre turbo-diesel four3500kg1146-1282kg
Navara 4×2 (SL, ST, ST-X)140kW/450Nm 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel four3500kg1027-1256kg
Navara 4×4 (SL, ST, ST-X*, Pro-4X, Warrior)140kW/450Nm 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel four3500kg876*-1126kg

Volkswagen Amarok ute towing and payload capacity

The Amarok’s torquey 500+Nm turbo-diesel V6 is the the one to get for those who like to tow in a package that isn’t the size of the American utes.

Volkswagen modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
Amarok TDI 400 Core 4×4 132kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four3000kg1033kg
Amarok TDI 420 Core 4×4 auto132kW/420Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four3000kg1033kg
Amarok TDI 500 Core 4×4 manual165kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V63000kg1004kg
Amarok TDI 550 4×4 auto (Core, Sportline)165kW/550Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V63500kg976-989kg
Amarok TDI 580 4×4 auto (Highline, Aventura, W580S*)190kW/580Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V63500kg848*-933kg

Jeep Wranger Gladiator ute towing and payload capacity

The Jeep Gladiator is a lifestyle ute aimed at off-road capability and the custom wrangler ute looks, though its 2721kg braked towing capacity falls short of the competition but may be enough for most.

Jeep modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
Gladiator (Rubicon and Night Eagle)209kW/347Nm 3.6-litre petrol V62721kg693kg

Chevrolet Silverado truck / ute towing and payload capacity

The Chevrolet Silverado boast beefy V8s and insane torque in the diesel variant and offer outstanding 4.5 tonne and above towing capacity.

Chevrolet modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload

Silverado 1500 LTZ  4×4 auto
313kW/624Nm 6.2-litre petrol V8


Silverado 1500 Trail Boss 4×4 auto 

313kW/624Nm 6.2-litre petrol V8

Silverado 2500 HD 4×4 auto (WT, LTX, Midnight, Custom Sport)

332kW/1234Nm 6.6-litre turbo-diesel V8

4500kg or 5890kg with heavy-duty hitch


RAM truck / ute towing and payload capacity

When the RAM is optioned with the 1152Nm 6.7-litre Cummins diesel engine you can tow eight tonnes if you get the factory-fitted heavy-duty hitch and air-brakes.

RAM modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
1500 Crew Cab 4×4 (Express, Warlock, Laramie, Limited*)291kW/556Nm 5.7-litre petrol V84500kg701*-833kg
2500 Laramie Crew Cab276kW/1152Nm 6.7-litre turbo-diesel inline4500kg (8000kg with air-brakes fitted)835kg
3500 Laramie Crew Cab276kW/1152Nm 6.7-litre turbo-diesel inline4500kg (8000kg with air-brakes fitted)1693kg

LDV T60 ute towing and payload capacity

The LDV T60’s 3000kg braked towing capacity is the same as the Chinese-made GWM Ute Cannon but outperforms the Cannon when it comes to torque.

LDV modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
T60 Max 4×4 auto (Pro, Max Luxe)160kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four3000kg750*-935kg

denotes the Max Luxe variant

Ssangyong Musso ute towing and payload capacity

The Ssangyong Musso at 3.5-tonne braked towing claim is the highest rated of the Chinese utes with and the long-wheelbase Musso XLV also has a 1035kg payload in base ELX trim.

Ssangyong modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
Musso 4×4 (ELX, Ultimate)133kW/420Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel four3500kg790-800kg
Musso XLV 4×4 (ELX, Ultimate*)133kW/420Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel four3500kg880*-1035kg

GWM Cannon ute towing and payload capacity

GWM is Great Wall Motors attempt at rebranding the Great Wall name. This Chinese carmaker is looking to break into the Australian light commercial segment with its new Ute Cannon range fitted with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine and boasting a 3000kg braked towing capacity. 

GWM modelEngineTowing (braked)Payload
Ute Cannon 4×2120kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four3000kg1050kg
Ute Cannon 4×4 (L, X) 120kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four3000kg1050kg

Final Thoughts

Of the top 13 Utes in Australia It seems the benchmark for towing in 2022 has been set at 3.5 tonnes and of the popular utes only the Triton falls short being beaten by the Chinese-made Musso. If you are interested in financing a New or Used Ute please get in touch with us. We can provide a no obligation quote on financing a ute for personal use or your business or both.

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