Most Affordable Practical Tow Vehicles of 2014

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman 2014 Ram 1500

2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman

Engine: 3.6-Liter V6
Transmission: 6-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): 4,800 lbs
Max Payload (as equipped): 1,512 lbs
Base MSRP: $24,385
Options: Power & Remote Entry Group ($735), Trailer Tow Group ($330)
Total (including destination): $26,645

Ram 1500 was all-new for 2013, and has gotten great reviews. Choose the Tradesman trim level, and add a few packages to make it more livable.

2014 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab 4x2 2014 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab 4x2

2014 Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab 4x2

Engine: 3.7-Liter V6
Transmission: 6-speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower: 302 @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 278 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Max Towing (as equipped): 5,500 lbs
Max Payload (as equipped): 1,710 lbs
Base MSRP: $24,445
Options: Package 101A ($2,110)
Total (including destination): $27,370

F-150 can get really pricey, with near-luxury features available. Keep the options to the minimum, and you can spec out a bargain tow vehicle.

2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Cargo Van Regular Wheelbase WT RWD 2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Cargo Van Regular Wheelbase WT RWD

2014 Chevrolet Express 1500 Cargo Van Regular Wheelbase WT RWD

Engine: 4.3-Liter V6
Transmission: 5-speed Automatic Transmission
Horsepower: 195 @ 4,600 rpm
Torque: 260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2,800 rpm
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway
Max Towing (as equipped): 4,300 lbs
Max Payload (as equipped): 2,382
Base MSRP: $27,710
Options: Convenience Package ($395), Heavy-duty Trailering Equipment ($265), AM/FM Stereo with CD/MP3 Player ($705), Bluetooth ($50)
Total (including destination): $29,955

Squeaking in under our $30,000 limit, the Express Cargo brings a healthy payload and decent towing to the fray, and is big enough to conceal a couple of bikes from prying eyes.

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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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