Trucks are known for how much they can carry and what they can haul. With a high demand for trucks that can perform with varying towing and payload capacities, there are several options to choose from. Whether you fill the bed to the max with landscaping materials or you need heavy duty hauling capabilities, knowing what you will be using your vehicle for will help you find the right truck for you. With a great lineup of 2018 truck models available, not only can you find a slightly used truck at a much cheaper price, but you can avoid the initial depreciation hit new car buyers experience.
Looking through the most popular trucks of 2018, we are confident you can find a used truck that has the towing package and capabilities to fit your needs.


The 2018 Nissan Frontier is great for hauling small loads and trailers, such as small ski boats or camping trailers. When equipped with the 4.0L V6 engine, the 2018 Frontier can tow a maximum of 6,710 lbs. and carry a maximum payload of 1,460 lbs. Load up on your next landscaping project or enjoy a weekend camping trip with what this truck can offer.
gray 2018 toyota tacoma pulling trailer with dune buggy in a mountain canyon


The Toyota Tacoma is known for its adventurous off-roading capabilities, making it the perfect truck to haul your boat, ATV, and other weekend toys. When equipped with the V6 engine, the 2018 Tacoma offers a slightly higher towing capacity with a maximum of 6,800 lbs. and a higher payload capacity at 1,620 lbs.
dark blue 2018 gmc canyon pullling jet ski trailer


For a little more luxurious ride and better fuel economy, the 2018 GMC Canyon is great for towing medium-sized RVs and boats when equipped with the right engine and towing package. With the 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine, the 2018 Canyon can tow up to 7,700 lbs. and has a maximum payload capacity of 1,507 lbs.
black 2018 chevy colorado pulling white horse trailer


The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado features the same maximum towing capacity as the GMC Canyon when it comes equipped with the 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine. Where the 2018 Colorado differs is it has a slightly higher payload rating of 1,513 lbs. For an even higher payload, with the 3.6L V6 engine you can get a max payload capacity of 1,574 lbs. The Chevrolet Colorado is also known for its comfortable interior and great gas mileage.


While the 2018 Nissan Titan has one of the lowest maximum towing capacities (9,740 lbs.) compared to other full-size trucks, its payload capacity and versatile bed is something to talk about. The 2018 Titan features customizable bed components such as removable storage bins, a fold-down step, a power outlet, cargo bed lights, and more. These additional features along with a maximum payload capacity of 1,951 lbs. (when properly equipped) make hauling and storage convenient. Plus, the Titan can still handle towing large toys like boats and more.
brown 2018 toyota tundra pulling boat out of the water at sunset


Stepping it up a notch is the 2018 Toyota Tundra that features a maximum towing capacity of 10,100 lbs. and a maximum payload capacity of 1,650 lbs. when equipped with Tundra’s I-FORCE 5.7L V8 engine. A truck with this kind of power can handle a large travel trailer and some types of construction equipment. The Tundra also features a great lineup of safety features.
white 2018 ram 1500 pulling boat on road next to lake

2018 DODGE RAM 1500/2500/3500

Providing even more towing and payload capabilities is Dodge’s lineup of half-ton and heavy-duty Ram pickups. The 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 features a maximum towing capacity of 10,620 lbs. and a maximum payload capacity of 1,880 lbs. when properly equipped. The 2018 Ram 2500 almost doubles in abilities with a maximum diesel towing capability of 17,980 lbs. Still not enough? The 2018 Ram 3500 can handle a maximum diesel towing capacity of 31,210 lbs. and a maximum gas payload capacity of 7,350 lbs.
2018 gray gmc sierra hd pulling a windstream camper trailer through the mountains

2018 GMC SIERRA 1500/HD

The 2018 Sierra 1500 not only features a maximum towing capacity of 12,500 lbs. and a maximum payload capacity of 2,170 lbs., but it also has high safety ratings and is decently priced. For even more power, the 2018 Sierra HD has the ability to tow up to 23,300 lbs. and can handle a maximum payload capacity of up to 7,153 lbs. with the 6.6L Duramax Diesel engine.

2018 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500/2500 HD/3500 HD

With a maximum available towing capability of 12,500 lbs. with the 6.2L V8 engine, this truck can handle heavier tows, such as large horse trailers. The maximum available payload capacity of the 1500 is 2,250 lbs. The heavy-duty models boast even more impressive towing and hauling capabilities. With the available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8, the 2018 Silverado 2500HD can tow up to 18,100 and the 2018 Silverado 3500HD can tow up to 23,300 lbs.

THE FORD F-SERIES: 2018 FORD F-150/F-250/F-350

Not only does the F-Series feature the highest towing and payload capacities, but each model comes equipped with innovative technology, a spacious interior, and impressive gas mileage. The 2018 Ford F-150 towing capacity is an impressive maximum of 13,200 lbs. and the payload is just as impressive with an available maximum payload of up to 3,270 lbs. For the 2018 Ford Super Duty models, they feature a 7,630 lb. maximum payload and a 21,000 lb. conventional tow rating. For even more power you can choose the 27,000 lb. 5th-wheel or 34,000 lb. gooseneck tow.
With so many towing and payload capacities to choose from, it’s helpful to know how you need your truck to perform to find the right one for you. Trucks are built to last, so take advantage of cheaper prices and avoid the initial depreciation hit by buying your next truck used.
At Patterson Truck Stop, we have a variety of trucks to meet your towing and hauling needs.
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