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The Best Used Cars to Buy for Towing Light Loads

Used Car for Light Towing

Towing is tricky business and depending on the weight you’re dealing with, it really determines what vehicle is best for you. If it’s light loads you’re looking at towing, we’ve put together a list of the top five cars that will be able to meet your needs.


  • It must be powerful enough to tow light loads
  • It needs to handle well and not feel sluggish
  • It needs to be versatile

Top five vehicles

Here’s a list of the top five vehicles that are capable of towing light loads, as well as other criteria:

  • Toyota Matrix: Just because you need to be able to tow, doesn’t mean you need a truck and the Toyota Matrix is proof of this. The 2013 model is able to tow an impressive 1,500 pounds. Looking at this compact car you probably wouldn’t suspect all it’s capable of.

  • Subaru Impreza 2.0i Premium 5-Door AWD: Perhaps you need to be able to tow a little more, which is exactly what the 2013 model of this vehicle can offer. This one features 2,400 pounds’ worth of towing power and the fact it has a roof rack gives you even more ways to cart around your cargo.

  • Ford Escape: Again you can bump up the towing power and opt for the V6 model of the Escape. This one is capable of towing 3,500 pounds yet is still classed as a small sized SUV. Not only that but it’s a rather sporty looking vehicle to boot.

  • Toyota Corolla: Yes you read that correctly, the 2012 Corolla is capable of towing 1,500 pounds. Not too shabby for a compact sedan that is great on fuel economy, easy to handle, and is priced well.

  • Buick Verano: This particular Buick offers ample trunk space, 180 horsepower, and a four-cylinder 2.4-liter engine in its four-door sedan model. At the same time, it's able to tow 1,000 pounds.

Final thoughts

When it comes to purchasing a used vehicle for light towing it’s really about opening your mind to more than just trucks and SUVs. There are a number of compact sedans that are able to tow light loads, and save you money on the purchase price and even fuel economy.

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