Best Used Trucks for Towing Under 15K
Finding a pickup truck capable of towing your biggest toys or equipment without breaking the bank can certainly be a challenge. After all, you can’t trust your important and expensive cargo with just any type of used vehicle. On the other hand, spending more than you anticipated can impact the bottom line of a small business owner or harm the hobby budget of a weekend warrior.
To help shoppers strike a balance between affordability and reliability, our team at Basil Family Dealerships has assembled this informative guide that lists our top picks for the best used trucks for towing priced at $15,000 or less. You’ll have no trouble finding a trustworthy and tow-ready pickup that both your head and heart can agree on.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Model Years 2007-2013
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Positioned in the sweet spot where affordability and capability intersect, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is an icon among full-size pickup trucks. Known as the second generation or GMT900, the 2007 to 2013 model years of the Silverado 1500 represent a tremendous value for truck shoppers looking to maximize their budget. Engine choices for this generation range from an economical 4.6-liter V6 to 4.8-liter, 5.7-liter, and 6.2-liter V8 engines — each available with the confidence of a proven 4X4 system. Cab offerings include single, extended, and crew cabs. Towing capacity ratings vary by cab configuration, engine, and a number of other factors. However, the 2013 Silverado 1500 is rated to tow between 4,400 and 10,700 pounds depending on configuration and equipment.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Available Towing Equipment
- MAX Trailering Pack (6.2L V8 models w/Extended Cab or Crew Cab Only)
- Cruise Grade Braking System
- Automatic Locking Rear Differential
- Rear Vision Camera
- Standard Tow/Haul Mode
- StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control System with Trailer Sway Control
- Z85 Handling/Trailering suspension
- Heavy-Duty Cooling Package
Model Years 2009-2012
Whether it’s branded as a Dodge or a RAM, the 1500 series of pickups from the RAM family has remained a favorite among truck owners who need their trucks to work as hard as they do. RAM 1500 models are known for pioneering several industry-firsts including the massive Mega Cab, Rambox side compartments, and the iconic HEMI V8 engine. Designed to help you excel at both work at play, the RAM 1500 lineup is offered in regular, double, and crew cab options to meet the needs of all types of drivers. Engine choices range from a proven 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, economical 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6, and the iconic 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engines.
Another signature characteristic of the RAM 1500 family is its standard rear coil-spring suspension setup, delivering a far smoother ride than other pickups that are typically equipped with leaf springs. For a truly luxurious experience, Laramie and Big Horn trim levels offer leather-trimmed seating appointments along with both heating and ventilation for the front seats. For 2012 models, maximum towing capacities range from 9,100 to 10,250 pounds (depending on configuration).
RAM 1500 Available Towing Equipment
- Class IV Trailer Hitch Receiver with 4 or 7-pin Connector
- Trailer Brake Control
- Electronic Range Select (ERS) and the Tow/Haul Mode
- Trailer Sway Control
- Rear Back-Up Camera
- Electronic Two-Speed Transfer Case
- Hill-Start Assist
Model Years 2009-2014
Synonymous with long-lasting durability and powerful performance, the Ford F-150 is unquestionably the most recognizable pickup in the industry. After all, the F-150 has been the number one selling pickup for over 4 decades for good reason. The twelfth generation in particular (model years 2009-2104) currently represents an outstanding value when you consider its remarkable performance capabilities. Known for having the most comprehensive engine lineup among all full-size trucks, the F-150 offers your choice of a work-ready Duratec V6, efficient 3.0L EcoBoost turbocharged V6, and several V8 engines available in 4.6L, 5.0L, 5.4L, and 6.2L capacities.
Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab configurations combined with three available bed lengths and up to 10 trim levels (depending on model year) provide virtually endless possibilities for finding the right Ford F-150 for your lifestyle and towing needs. In fact, the F-150 offers a maximum towing capacity of up to 11,300 pounds (when properly equipped). No matter if you’re looking to cross the toughest tasks off of your to-do list or you’re looking to create lasting memories on your next family vacation — the F-150 is the ultimate choice for drivers searching for a capable full-size pickup.
F-150 Available Towing Equipment
- Max Trailer Tow Package
- PowerScope® Trailer Tow Mirrors
- Trailer Brake Controller
- Electronic-Locking Rear Differential
- Hill Descent Control™
- Class IV trailer hitch receiver with 7-pin wiring harness
- Upgraded Radiator and Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler
Model Years 2007-2011
A refreshing alternative to domestic full-size pickups, the Toyota Tundra was introduced over two decades ago to challenge the most established names in the segment. Featuring rugged exterior styling and a work-ready interior to match, the Tundra represents capability from every angle. Second-generation Tundra variants (model years 2007-2021), are powered by your choice of a proven 4.0L V6, 4.6L or 4.7L V8s, or the range-topping 5.7L V8 engine to help meet the needs of all types of truck buyers. A robust 6-speed automatic transmission with a dedicated Tow/Haul mode gives you complete control when towing.
The second-generation Toyota Tundra is available in Regular Cab, Double Cab, and CrewMax along with either standard or long bed options. Clever rear-seat storage beneath the second row flips up to reveal a secure space for storing your gear or tools safely out of sight. Drivers can choose the Tundra Limited trim to receive upscale amenities including heated leather-trimmed upholstery and a large touchscreen display for maximum productivity. Engineered to tow up to a massive 10,400 pounds, the Toyota Tundra has earned a legendary reputation among full-size truck owners.
Tundra Available Towing Equipment
- Tow Package
- Transmission Cooling System
- Trailer-Sway Control (TSC)
- Automatic Limited-Slip Differential (Auto LSD)
- 4WDemand part-time 4WD with electronically controlled transfer case
- Active Traction Control (A-TRAC)
- Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
- 4.300 rear axle ratio with 10.5-inch ring gear