When most people think of towing a trailer, they think of a big pickup truck or an SUV as the tow vehicle, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here in America, you hardly ever see anything but a truck pulling a trailer, but in Europe, cars pull them all the time. If you want a car, but need to tow a trailer, don’t worry, there are sedans out there that can handle the load.
With a towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. with the right configuration, the Volvo S60 (base MSRP $34,150) is actually a pretty competent at pulling a trailer. While you’ll probably need another vehicle to get your big boat to the lake, the S60 has no problem towing a small pop-up camper or a simple open trailer. The 3.0-liter six-cylinder pumps out 325 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque and can be paired with all-wheel drive.
Toyota’s venerable Corolla (base MSRP $17,300) really is the ultimate family car. Not only is it safe, comfortable and reasonably powerful, the car is tough enough to pull a trailer around every once in a while. Don’t hook your 5,000 lb. boat up to your Corolla, though. This family car is only rated to tow around 1,500 lbs. Keep the weight of your trailer down and you’ll be fine.
While the chief towing machine for the blue oval is the F-Series pickup, the Fusion (base MSRP $22,495) can actually handle a small trailer without any issues. Sure, you’re not going to be able to take your 25-foot camper with you, but you can tow that motorcycle trailer to your trusted bike mechanic. With either the 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost or the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6, the Fusion can tow over 2,000 lbs., making it a perfect choice for those who need to tow something around town.
BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
Okay, so this isn’t really your typical sedan, but it is a car … sort of. If you can forget about the weird fastback look of the 5-Series GT (base MSRP $60,900), the sedan-fastback-hatchback-crossover disaster actually has a pretty high towing capacity of 4,630 lbs. That’s quite a lot considering your other options that are still cars. For the best performance, get the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 xDrive version. Just try to forget that the rear end looks as funky as it does.