The Best Used Cars to Buy if You're Hauling a Horse Trailer

Horse owners need a vehicle with towing capacity. Depending on the size of your trailer and the weight of your horse or horses, you probably won’t be able to get away with less than a 3,000-pound towing capacity, and you may need to go higher. That means a full-size pickup or heavy SUV. We evaluated a number of used vehicles, and our choices come down to the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado 1500, and Ford Excursion.

  • Ford F-150: The F-150 is known for durability and reliability, and has a very respectable towing capacity (11,000 pounds with EcoBoost). You can haul with confidence, and you’ll also appreciate the comfortable interior, making this truck not just a great vehicle for towing your horse trailer, but ideal for everyday use as well.

  • Ram 1500: With a towing capacity of 3,450 to 11,500 pounds depending on the package you select, you’ll find that the Ram is a very well-rounded vehicle. Available in V6, V8 and premium V8, you’ll get the power you need along with a tasteful appearance and comfortable interior. For towing horse trailers, though, we recommend either of the V8s.

  • Toyota Tundra: For our money, the Tundra is the only import that holds its own against the domestic offerings. With towing capacity of 4,500 to 10,400 pounds depending on engine configuration, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding one that suits your specific needs. Thanks to the 5-speed auto transmission, you’ll find that even the V6 can handle most horse trailers.

  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500: The Silverado 1500 maxes out at 7,000 pounds towing capacity, but even this is adequate for many horse enthusiasts. You will, however, need to go with the V8 – the V6 is only suitable for lighter loads. This is a nice, classic-looking truck that will perform well for you and deliver decent gas mileage if you’re not hauling a whole lot in the way of horseflesh.

  • Ford Excursion: If you are in the market for an SUV to haul your horse trailer, the Excursion is the best one available. It’s stronger than any other SUV available, and is based on the F-250 frame, for a heavy-duty towing capacity of up to 11,000 pounds. It is also available with a diesel engine, and seats eight comfortably, which is handy when going to horse shows with friends.

When you’re hauling horses, you need a reliable vehicle that will handle your trailer without difficulty.


Next Step

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Pre-purchase Car Inspection. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Pre-purchase Car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(5,189)

Rating Summary
4,847
184
37
38
83
4,847
184
37
38
83

Attila

19 years of experience
906 reviews
Attila
19 years of experience
Cadillac SRX V6-3.6L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Edison, New Jersey
Attila was great! Very knowledgeable and actually detected a fault during a pre-purchase inspection that would have cost me later.
Lexus ES350 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Fords, New Jersey
He is very good—offered all the significant details we needed from the inspection. Helped us figure out what needed to be fixed.

Shawn

12 years of experience
285 reviews
Shawn
12 years of experience
Chevrolet Impala V6-3.6L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Shawn was prompt, professional, and delivered the promised service as expected. This was a used vehicle pre-purchase inspection. Shawn also had to drive to multiple locations to perform the inspection, as the address listed that I provided him with was not accurate, but he still made it to the correct location within his time window and completed the inspection.
Toyota Sequoia - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Akron, Pennsylvania
Shawn was very prompt in communicating with me and was good at helping me decide whether to purchase a used car. He help me avoid a car with a repaired rusted frame that could be a danger to my family's safety since we were planning on using the car to tow a travel trailer!

Luis

18 years of experience
320 reviews
Luis
18 years of experience
Honda HR-V L4-1.8L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Warren, New Jersey
Luis was great. He showed up on time, acted professionally, and gave me confidence with a pre-purchase car inspection.
Acura RDX - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - South Hackensack, New Jersey
Luis did a thorough pre-purchase inspection for me, and found several major issues that made me pass on buying the car. Had I purchased the car, I almost certainly would have ended up paying thousands in repairs down the road. Thanks Luis!

Robert

20 years of experience
1089 reviews
Robert
20 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra L4-2.0L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Englewood, Colorado
He did a pre-purchase inspection for me. He was knowledgeable and fast, and knew what he was looking for. I really appreciate all the pictures and documentation he took of the state of the car before purchase. He noted potential issues with the car that I wouldn't have been able to notice. Would recommend.
GMC Savana 1500 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Golden, Colorado
I trust Robert. He gave me a list and we will take care of it the week of June 29. I will know then that my vehicle is ready for the winter and is safe to drive. I look forward to getting things ready for another winter of careful driving.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re Shorter Than Average
Vertically Vertically challenged? Hate getting behind the wheel and having to crane your neck to see? There’s nothing wrong with you, but there is something wrong with your car. It might be time to trade it in and take advantage...
How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Car Title in Connecticut
Your Your car’s title is an incredibly important document. Without the title, you cannot sell or trade in your car, and you can’t register it if you move out of Connecticut. If you’re moving to Connecticut, you’ll need the title...
What are The Best Used Cars to Buy?
When When it's time for Americans to buy their next vehicle, the overwhelming consensus is to go used. At the end of 2015, used car sales figures more than doubled that of all-new purchases, with 38.3 million used vehicles sold...

Related questions

How do I use the Unit feature in the driver information center (DIC)?
The Unit feature in the driver information center (DIC) allows you to choose between metric and US measurements for your DIC and cluster displays. Here’s how to change the unit measurement: 1. Press the MENU button until the DIC displays...
My car wheel won't straighten
The frame rails or unibody could have been damaged (bent, moved) in the accident, even slightly. If that happened, the points at which the control arms attach to the car (i.e., the bolt holes) could have shifted from their original...
My 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe was running fine i added oil and when i turned the car on later that day it started shaking what could it be?
Hello. This would usually only occur if you added to much oil or used the wrong weight oil. This engine needs the correct oil in order for the valve timing system to work right. It sounds like the vehicle should...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com