Ultimately, in the real world none of these vehicles are great for constant everyday heavy towing.
Some of them do it better than others, but there remains a dearth of information to educate buyers about what weight they can or cannot load into their utes, and what weight they can tow safely.
And, let’s face it, the last person you’d want to ask is a car salesman! The marketing hype has gotten a little out of hand.
For constant towing over three tonne with a load on the tray, the best vehicles for the job remain the 70-series Toyota LandCruiser, a converted American pick-up or a light truck.
A tradie towing a load like our excavator would also likely have a selection of buckets, fuel, tools grease and a bunch of accessories to go with it. It’s a balancing act that makes it very easy to overload a ute that is not even at maximum GCM.