TOWING CAPACITIES: WHAT FORD WORKS BEST FOR YOU?

By: Windsor Ford   |   16 Mar 2018

Perhaps you just bought a new boat, or maybe you’re a contractor who has to haul their own equipment. Either way, you want to know which Ford is best for towing your gear. Well good news! Windsor Ford has complied this list of the towing rates for all of its vehicles! The Ford lineup consists of five different vehicle classifications: Cars, Crossovers, SUVs, Trucks, and Commercial Vehicles. Each has different capacities for towing, which one works best for you?

CARS
Ford cars capable of towing include the 2016 and 2017 Taurus, and the 2017 Fusion. Both of these Fords are automatic transmission only, but towing equipment for these cars is available only as aftermarket accessories.

Visit our Parts Department for the necessary trailer hitches!

The various iterations of the Fusion and Taurus can pull a maximum of 1,000 pounds except for the Fusion with the EcoBoost® 2.0L engine (it can tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds). Most models are front-wheel drive, however all-wheel drive is an option with both the Fusion and the Taurus.

CROSSOVERS
All Ford crossovers are capable of towing thanks to powerful engines and strong automatic transmission. The 2016 and 2017 Transit Connect both have front-wheel drive and require a Class I towing package to be installed. Once added however, the Transit Connect can tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds.

The 2016 and 2017 Edge both have the same engine choices – a 2.0-liter I4 EcoBoost®, 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost® and 3.5-liter V6. The majority of Edge’s have a maximum 3,500-pound towing capacity thanks to the dealer-installed Class II tow package. Take note that this package is not offered with the 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost® engine, limiting it to a maximum of 2,000 pounds.

The 2017 Flex towing engines are the 3.5-liter V6 and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6, which when combined with the Class II towing package, are also capable of hauling up to 3,500 pounds.

SUVS
Ford knows its market, so all 5 Ford SUVs are more than capable of towing a trailer. The SUVs we offer are the 2016 and 2017 Escape, the 2017 Explorer, and the 2017 Expedition (note that maximum trailer weight are the same for both the 2016 and 2017 Escape).

Towing equipment on the Escape’s 2.5-liter and 1.5-liter engines is a dealer accessory, as there is no factory installation offered. The Escape with front-wheel drive and the 2.5-liter engine or 1.5L EcoBoost have a maximum trailer load capacity of 1,500 pounds. Meanwhile, the 2.0L EcoBoost Escape is available in all-wheel drive and with a Class II trailer tow package that has a maximum load capacity of 3,500 pounds.

The 2017 Explorer comes equipped with either a 3.5L V6, 2.3L EcoBoost, or a 3.5L EcoBoost engine. All Explorer’s are also all-wheel drive (expect base models), and are available with either Class II or Class III towing packages. Class II equipped Explorers can haul up to 3,000 pounds, with the beefier Class III Explorers are capable of handling up to 5,000 pounds. Throw in Trailer Sway Control (TSC) and the Explorer to more than capable of hauling a tough load.

The 2017 Expedition is a towing monster thanks to its standard four-wheel drive, body-on-frame construction, and powerful 3.5L EcoBoost engine. With the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package equipped, the Expedition can haul up to 9,200 pounds – making light work of your boat or horse trailer. Plus the addition of Trailer Sway Control and an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller make controlling even heavy loads child’s play.

TRUCKS
Vehicles Ford considers “Trucks” include the 2016 and 2017 Transit, the 2017 F-150, and the 2016 and 2017 Super Duty. Of these the F-150 and F-250/F-350 stand out thanks to their best in-class towing capacity.

The 2016 and 2017 Transit are offered with a dizzying array of body styles and engine choices, but the long and short of it is that the Transit can handle up to 7,500 pounds of towing. Plus, like its bigger brothers, it comes equipped with TSC with the Trailer Wirings Provisions Package to make towing a load stress-free.

Canada’s best-selling pickup, the F-150, comes in Regular cab, Supercab, and Supercrew body styles. Engines include a 3.5L V6, 2.7L EcoBoost, 5.0L V8, and 3.5L EcoBoost options, as well as payload options for the 2.7L EcoBoost and 3.5L EcoBoost engines. With such a huge range of combination available payload ratings are similarly widespread but impressive, with the F-150 capable of handling anything from 5,000 to 12,200 pounds.

The 2016 and 2017 Super Duty trucks are available as the F-250, F-350, or F-450, and boast best in-class tow ratings. Available engines are a 6.2L Flex-Fuel V8 and a 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel, both of which are routed to all four wheels through a six-speed transmission. The net result is a maximum conventional tow rating of 21,000 pounds, although that rating can be increased to 32,500 pounds with the optional 5th-Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package.

COMMERCIAL
Ford commercial vehicles include the 2017 Stripped Chassis, E-Series Cutaway, Transit Cutaway, F-650/F-750, and Chassis Cab. These vehicle are specially designed to allow you to modify them to fit any job that’s required of them, and thus they also offer a wide range of engines to handle any duty. Engine choices are 6.2L Flex-Fuel V8, 6.8L V10, and a 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel. Conventional maximum loaded trailer weight requires a weight-distributing hitch, which is not a factory-installed option but is available from our Parts Department.

As these vehicles are intrinsically so adaptable, it is somewhat difficult to provide precise tow rating. However, rest assured that no matter how large or small the job is, there’s a Ford commercial vehicle designed to get it done right. Contact our Sales team for help in choosing which Commercial Vehicle works best for you!

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