Most Affordable Practical Tow Vehicles of 2014

The price range on some vehicle models can be incredible. Take the humble 2014 Ford F-150 as a case in point. Ford's website lists the starting MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) as $24,445. But step onto your local Ford lot, and you'll find F-150 models with stickers that total well over $50,000. What is a shopper to do?

We've put together a list of practical tow vehicles with all of the features and equipment that you really need, and none of the fluff that drives sticker prices through the stratosphere.

Each vehicle on this list is capable of towing at least 4,000 lbs as equipped, and can carry a payload of at least 1,200 lbs. We've specified vehicles that are body-on-frame and rear-wheel drive, with automatic transmissions and gasoline-powered V6 engines. Though some base models can tend toward the Spartan, we specified power door locks, keyless remote entry, power windows, power mirrors, at least an AM/FM/CD stereo and Bluetooth for modern comfort with a minimum level of complexity and added cost. Perhaps most importantly for this list, each vehicle on this list comes in with an MSRP under $30,000, including destination charges and options necessary to meet our qualifications.

We've ranked our vehicles by price. The top ranked vehicles are the Most Affordable Practical Tow Vehicles of 2014.

2014 Nissan Xterra X 4x2 2014 Nissan Xterra

2014 Nissan Xterra X 4x2

Engine: 4.0-Liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower: 261 @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 281 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Max Towing (as equipped): 5,000 lbs
Max Payload (as equipped): N/A
Base MSRP: $23,110
Options: Nevada Tow Package ($480)
Total (including destination): $24,450

Xterra isn't the first vehicle that comes to mind when it comes to towing, but it is the least expensive body-on-frame tow vehicle on the market for 2014.

2014 Nissan Frontier SV V6 King Cab 4x2 2014 Nissan Frontier V6

2014 Nissan Frontier SV V6 King Cab 4x2

Engine: 4.0-Liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower: 261 @ 5,600 rpm
Torque: 281 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Max Towing (as equipped): 6,500 lbs
Max Payload (as equipped): 1,447 lbs
Base MSRP: $23,200
Options: Bedliner and Tow Package ($625)
Total (including destination): $24,685

Frontier nips Tacoma at the finish line with an impressive list of standard features and a price tag from the 1990s.

2014 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab PreRunner 2014 Toyota Tacoma

2014 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab PreRunner

Engine: 4.0-Liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower: 236 @ 5,200 rpm
Torque: 266 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Max Towing (as equipped): 6,500 lbs
Max Payload (as equipped): 1,500 lbs
Base MSRP: $23,560
Options: Convenience Package ($1,005), Tow Hitch Receiver ($550)
Total (including destination): $25,975

The venerable PreRunner surprises with a bargain price and big truck capability.

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Disclaimer:Photos are accurate for year, make and model, but may not reflect the exact trim level described on this list.

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