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7 terrific trucks under $30,000 for towing

Best trucks for towing
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Best trucks for towing

When it comes to towing smaller boats or trailers under 2,500 pounds, you don't need a full-size pickup truck or sport utility vehicle. There are many smaller, fuel-efficient crossovers and pickups for pulling loads in the 1,500- to 2,500-pound range.

Not only will opting for a smaller truck save you money on gas, it will also save you on the purchase price and car insurance premiums.

Although avoiding a larger truck than what you need makes good financial sense, buying the right truck or crossover requires knowing exactly how much weight you will be towing.

Experts at "Trailer Life" magazine say the figures that truck manufacturers provide for total weight limits are hard limits. Exceeding them will impact your truck's reliability and reduce stability when towing, increasing the chances of an accident.

If you're buying a new truck for towing, check out the car loan rates at Bankrate.com before shopping.

Bankrate considered only 5-passenger trucks and crossovers from 2016 costing less than $30,000 when equipped to tow their maximum weight.

Each pick also must deliver at least a government-estimated 23 miles per gallon on the highway when not towing. All of these picks are rated for pulling at least 2,000 pounds.

Listed base prices include the engine, transmission and any towing package required for the posted towing weight limit.

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