A Weekend at the Lake: 5 Cars That Are Perfect for Transporting a Boat

Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2022

Boat sales were way up in 2019! They reached the second-best numbers they’ve ever seen over the last 12 years.

While 2020 has taken a hit when it comes to recreational watercraft, demand for boating still exists as people look for creative ways to have fun without needing to gather in crowds.

If getting out on the water is your remedy to the social stagnation 2020 has brought about, you’re going to need a great towing vehicle to get your watercraft from your driveway to the water.

Transporting a boat can be a scary prospect for new watercraft owners that are looking to hit the lakes during a weekend getaway. If you’re armed with a vehicle that’s rated to safely pull the appropriate amount of weight though, you’ll be fine.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of cars that fit the boat-towing bill and maybe worth your buying consideration!

Volvo S60

This one might come as a surprise to most of you. It certainly did to us!

While most sedans aren’t going to cut it when it comes to towing boats, there are a handful of cars in this class that can tow a surprising amount of weight.

The Volvo S60 can pull over 3000 pounds!

Alright, fine. You have a massive yacht. Well of course this bad boy isn’t going to be able to pull that behemoth from your house to the water.

Sporting a smaller pontoon boat, though? The Volvo S60 has a good chance to get you by.

Ford Expedition

Nothing screams towing quite like Ford-branded cars. That’s why you always see the Ford commercials with trucks lugging massive loads behind them.

While most people associate Ford’s towing abilities with its larger trucks (more on those in a moment) it’s a little-known secret is that Expeditions are also great choices for transporting a boat.

They have the same sturdy suspension, engine, and transmission as their F-150’s, while also providing you the extra room to also lug that extended family around.

Your standard Expedition can pull around 9000 pounds which gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to which styles of boat you can safely pull.

Jeep Wranglers

Jeep Wranglers may very well be the ultimate outdoor vehicle.

Seriously, when you think about the mountains, the mud, the ice, or any rough terrain, tell me you don’t think of Wranglers! They’re great for off-roading, camping, and are also excellent companions for weekend trips to your local lake.

While not sold on their towing capabilities, Wranglers can pull close to 4000 pounds if you buy a model from the “Heavy-Duty Electrical Group”.

Add that pull capability to Wrangler’s legendary versatility and it may be the most convenient car choice on our list.

RAM 3500 HD

The RAM 3500 HD (heavy-duty) can pull any boat we can think of that you can safely hitch onto it.

This breed of the truck can tow a staggering 31,000 pounds so you’ll never have to worry about getting your watercraft, its marine stereo system packages, and other fancy trimmings to your destination.

The Volvo S60 might struggle with the yacht, but the beast of a RAM 3500 HD won’t even break a sweat.

The trade-off here is that it’s not likely the type of truck that many of us want to own as a daily commuter. It’s big, and if you won’t be using it for many commercial tasks, it’ll likely just sit alongside your watercraft until you’re ready to take it out.

That’s where this next truck has more versatility.

Ford F-150

Are you a sucker for the classics? Do you want to save some cash over the RAM 3500? Do you want to be able to get some practical, daily use out of your truck?

If so, stick with Ford and pick up an F-150.

This truck will give you over 11,000 pounds of towing ability and a suite of wonderful trailer features that’ll make driving with your boat hitched much easier.

It’s easy to handle, looks great, and will allow you to accomplish nearly anything you throw at it.

Transporting a Boat Is Always Better When You’re Armed With the Right Vehicle

Picking the right vehicle when transporting a boat can do wonders for the ease of your commute and the viability of your safety.

We hope our suggestions have inspired you when it comes to your towing needs.

If you’re looking for more guidance on boat travel and/or cars, we welcome you to check out additional automotive coverage in our digital publication.

You can also check out our current inventory if you’re feeling up for snagging one up today!

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