How Payload Works


Knowing your vehicle's payload limits will make planning easier and your drive a lot safer.
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Knowing your vehicle's payload limits will make planning easier and your drive a lot safer.

At some point, we've all had to carry around a bunch of stuff. Sometimes the task is easy -- a backpack, for instance, or your pet cat. Other times, we're more encumbered. Most of us have tried to lug too many grocery bags from the car to our homes, only to spill milk or crush precious fruit. Overloading our puny arms with too many books, boxes and other things makes the process of moving more difficult and hazardous, as our bodies were only designed to handle so much.

You could say the same for cars, trucks and SUVs lugging cargo down the road. We're constantly moving things from one place to the next on highways and side roads. Overloading a vehicle can put a huge strain on the engine, transmission and other working parts. At the same time, drivers in overloaded vehicles are putting themselves and others on the road at risk.

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Knowing how much payload your car, truck or SUV can handle is important for safety considerations. Payload is simply any load carried by a vehicle. It also helps you to determ­ine how much you can fit in your vehicle and how many trips you have to take. And before you count up everything you'd like to put in your car, don't forget: Passengers count as payload, too.

So how do you figure out how much your tow vehicle can carry? Find out on the next page.

Calculating Payload Capacity

Calculating payload capacity requires you to know your vehicle's GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) and curb weight.
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Calculating payload capacity requires you to know your vehicle's GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) and curb weight.

So how are you supposed to know how much payload you can afford to carry in your car or truck? To calculate your vehicle's payload capacity, you only need to know two things: your vehicle's gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and its curb weight.

Gross vehicle weight rating is simply the maximum allowable weight of an entire vehicle when it's packed up and ready to go -- that includes the weight of the vehicle itself, all of the necessary fluids for operation (gasoline, diesel, oil and so on) and any cargo, passengers and tools. A vehicle's GVWR is calculated by its manufacturer, and you can typically find it in your owner's manual or on the vehicle's doorframe, near the door latch. You might also find your vehicle's GVWR on Web sites that list these numbers.

Curb weight is simply how much the vehicle weighs on its own, without any cargo or passengers. This measurement includes a full tank of gas and any other fluids that keep a car running.

So, a vehicle's payload capacity -- the amount of stuff it can safely carry after you've filled up the tank with gas and topped off all of the fluids -- is just a matter of subtraction.

Gross vehicle weight rating - curb weight = payload capacity

For example, if you have a car with a GVWR of 3,500 pounds (1,588 kilograms), and its curb weight is 3,000 pounds (1,361 kilograms), you would subtract 3,000 pounds from 3,500 pounds.

3,500 pounds (GVWR) - 3,000 pounds (curb weight) = 500 pounds (227 kilograms) of payload capacity

Do you need to take into consideration whether your vehicle's a car, truck or SUV? Read on to find out.

Truck Payload

Your truck's payload is going to be much heavier than other types of vehicles, so knowing how the truck is classified will help you determine what amount is safe.
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Your truck's payload is going to be much heavier than other types of vehicles, so knowing how the truck is classified will help you determine what amount is safe.

What you consider payload for a truck is going to be considerably different than what you carry in a car or SUV. You probably wouldn't carry long wooden boards for your house's reconstruction inside a small station wagon. At the same time, chances are you don't need a big, heavy-duty truck to move a few bags of groceries.

For the most part, a truck's payload is typically going to consist of heavier cargo. It's important to note that trucks in the United States are classified according to their maximum gross vehicle weight rating. There are actually two ways we can look at this: by class or by category, although both are related to each other. Weight classes, determined by the U.S. government, divide maximum truck GVWR into eight clas­ses:

Weight Class GVWR
Class 1 6,000 pounds (2,722 kilograms)
Class 2 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms)
Class 3 14,000 pounds (6,350 kilograms)
Class 4 16,000 pounds (7,258 kilograms)
Class 5 19,500 pounds (8,845 kilograms)
Class 6 26,000 pounds (11,793 kilograms)
Class 7 33,000 pounds (14,969 kilograms)
Class 8 Anything higher than 33,000 pounds

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) also groups these classes into broader categories. Classes one and two are considered light-duty trucks, classes three through five are medium-duty trucks, while everything in class six and above is classified as a heavy-duty truck. Knowing where your truck falls within these categories will make it easier for you to determine how much payload you can afford to carry during your trips.

On the next page we'll take a look at how much you should be able to carry in your car.

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Car Payload

Chances are this guy is exceeding his payload capacity for his car.
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Chances are this guy is exceeding his payload capacity for his car.

Most of us who drive a car don't think as seriously about payload as someone who drives a truck. After all, a father wouldn't normally ask "Well, do we have the necessary payload packed up?" once his wife, children and luggage are settled into the car for a long drive. Compared to a truck, a car's payload is typically going to be much lower. Some of the car's load may be heavy, but anything that's heavy enough to exceed payload limits and be considered dangerous probably won't fit in a car anyway.

Still, there are some important things to consider when loading up a car that can affect your planning and the ease of a trip. It helps to remember that passengers count as payload, too, and that most car manufacturers factor in 150 pounds (68 kilograms) per person per seating position. That means that when you're considering how much weight you can carry in your car, you can think about every available empty seat as an extra 150 pounds. For instance, if your back seat that's designed to carry three passengers is empty, then you essentially have 450 pounds (204 kilograms) to fill up before things get a little shaky.

An SUV can carry far more weight than a car, right? On the next page we'll see how payload works for these vehicles.

SUV Payload

An SUV can carry more than a car, but if you treat it like a truck you might run into some safety issues.
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An SUV can carry more than a car, but if you treat it like a truck you might run into some safety issues.

When it comes to payload, some think of an SUV as a sort of best-of-both-worlds vehicle -- it has lots of carrying capacity like a truck, but it also has the seating capacity and other luxuries of a car.

It's best to think of the payload capacity of an SUV as in between a truck and a car. Usually it can carry more than a car can. It's easy to make extra space in most SUVs because the back seats almost always have the capability of folding forward, creating one large storage space that can carry some extra-large cargo -- gear that's a bit more heavy-duty.

Unlike most pickup trucks, of course, SUVs have roofs, so there's a limit to how much you can pile up. But more importantly, you wouldn't want to treat your SUVs payload capacity like a truck's anyway because of safety issues. Even though the perception of SUVs is that they're great for carrying cargo and have on-and-off road capabilities, many also view them as potentially dangerous. Because the center of gravity on an SUV is typically much higher than a car's, they're much more likely to roll over, especially once they're overloaded.

Many SUV manufacturers, responding to consumer fears, have developed safer vehicles using electronic stabilizing technologies. Concern over accidents has led to safety legislation, too: Since September 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires manufacturers to place a label that states the maximum combined weight of all occupants and cargo on the doorjambs of all vehicles with a GVWR of less than 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms) [source: Kurczewski].

So what if you need to haul something particularly heavy? Can you increase your payload capacity? On the next page, we'll find out.

Can You Increase Payload Capacity?

If you're ever thinking about increasing a vehicle's payload capacity, that vehicle's manufacturer probably offers a towing package that can upgrade certain working parts and add special tools.
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If you're ever thinking about increasing a vehicle's payload capacity, that vehicle's manufacturer probably offers a towing package that can upgrade certain working parts and add special tools.

Knowing your vehicle's payload capacity is great, but what if you wanted to carry even more? Is that possible? What if you see a truck you really want, but its payload capacity isn't enough?

Truck manufacturers almost always offer optional towing packages for their vehicles. What's in these packages can vary from one company to the next, but they typically increase the performance of the tow vehicle and include extra tools for better towing. For instance, a truck with a towing package might come with a trailer wiring harness, a heavy-duty hitch and safety chains. The manufacturer might also install a bigger engine, stronger brakes and a better cooling system for overall increased performance.

Remember, overloading a vehicle with too much payload is a dangerous situation, one that can harm you, your passengers and other drivers. If a police officer pulls you over and determines that your vehicle is overloaded, it's possible that you may get a ticket for unsafely loading a vehicle -- something no one ever enjoys.

Payload List

Depending on the make and model year of your car or truck, you may be able to find your vehicle's payload on the following chart.

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Acura Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006

MDX -

RL -

RSX -

TL -

TSX -
2007

MDX 1158

RL -

RDX 870

TL -

TSX 850
2008

MDX 1158

RL -

RSX 870

TL -

TSX 850
2009

MDX 1158

RL -

RSX 870

TSX 850

More Acura Specs:

Audi Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006

A3 -

A4 -

A6 -

A8 1213

S4 -

TT 728
2007

A3 -

A4 -

A6 -

A8 -

Q7 -

RS4 -

S4 -

S6 -

S8 1213
2008

A3 -

A4 -

A5 -

A6 -

A8 -

Q7 -

R8 -

RS4 -

S4 -

S5 -

S6 -

S8 -

TT -
2009

A3 -

A4 -

A5 -

A8 -

Q7 -

R8

S4 -

S5 -

S8 -

TT -

More Audi Specs:

BMW Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006

325 1058

330 1058

525 1102

530 1102

550 1102

650 838

750 1058

760 -

M3 -

M5 1058

M6 941

X3 1025

X5 -

Z4 551

Z4M 584
2007

328 926

335 1058

525 1102

530 1102

550 1102

650 838

750 1058

760 1058

Alpina B7 -

M5 -

M6 -

X3 -

X5 1113

Z4 551

Z4M 584

2008

128 882

135 882

328 926

335 1058

528 1102

535 1102

550 1102

650 838

750 1058

760 1058

Alpina B7 1213

M3 1014

M5 1058

X3 1036

X5 1113

X6 1190

Z4 551

Z4M 584
2009

128 882

135 882

328 1058

335 1058

528 1102

535 1102

550 1102

750 838

M3 1014

M5 1058

M6 941

X3 1036

X5 1290

X6 937

More BMW Specs:

Buick Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


LaCrosse -

Lucerne -

Rainier 1069

Rendezvous -

Terraza -
2007


LaCrosse -

Lucerne -

Rainier 1069

Rendezvous -
2008


Enclave -

LaCrosse -

Lucerne -
2009


Enclave -

LaCrosse -

Lucerne -

More Buick Specs:

Cadillac Payload

Year Model ­Max Payload (lbs)­
2006


CTS -

CTS-V -

DTS -

Escalade 1448

Escalade ESV 1439

Escalade EXT 1186

SRX 6008

STS -

STS-V -

XLR -

XLR-V -
2007


CTS -

CTS-V -

DTS -

Escalade 1541

Escalade ESV 1534

Escalade EXT 1362

SRX -

STS -

STS-V -

XLR -

XLR-V -
2008


CTS -

DTS -

Escalade 1541

Escalade ESV 1547

Escalade EXT 1362

SRX -

STS -

STS-V -

XLR -

XLR-V -
2009


CTS -

DTS -

Escalade 1541

Escalade ESV 1547

Escalade EXT 1362

Escalace Hybrid -

SRX -

STS -

STS-V -

XLR -

XLR-V -

More Cadillac Specs:

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Chevrolet Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)­
2006


Avalanche 1500 1387

Avalanche 2500 2072

Aveo -

Cobalt -

Colorado 1532

Corvette -

Equinox -

Express 2306

HHR 900

Impala -

Malibu -

Malibu MAXX -

Monte Carlo -

SSR -

Silverado 1500 1913

Silverado 1500 Hybrid 1162

Silverado 1500 SS 1253

Silverado 1500 HD 3129

Silverado 2500 HD 3606

Silverado 3500 HD 5169

Suburban 1500 1731

Suburban 2500 2828

Tahoe 1522

TrailBlazer 1194

TrailBlazer EXT 1429

Uplander -
2007


Avalanche 1500 1258

Aveo -

Aveo 5 -

Cobalt -

Colorado 1316

Corvette -

Equinox -

Express 2306

HHR 900

HHR Panel 900

Impala -

Malibu -

Monte Carlo -

Silverado 1500 1658

Silverado 1500 Classic 1913

Silverado 1500 Hybrid Classic 1162

Silverado 1500 SS Classic 1253

Silverado 1500 HD Classic 3129

Silverado 2500 HD 3458

Silverado 2500 HD Classic 3606

Silverado 3500 -

Silverado 3500 Classic 5169

Suburban 1500 1593

Suburban 2500 2561

Tahoe 1835

TrailBlazer 1194

Uplander -
2008


Avalanche 1500 1444

Aveo -

Aaveo 5 -

Cobalt -

Colorado 1316

Corvette -

Equinox -

Express 2306

HHR 900

HHR Panel 900

Impala -

Malibu -

Maibu Classic -

Malibu Hybrid -

Silverado 1500 1652

Silverado 2500 HD 3458

Silverado 3500 HD 3621

Suburban 1500 1593

Suburban 2500 2561

Tahoe 1835

Tahoe Hybrid 1830

TrailBlazer 1194

Uplander -
2009


Avalanche 1500 1333

Aveo -

Cobalt -

Colorado 1250

Corvette -

Equinox -

Express 1500 2306

Express 2500 3262

Express 3500 4147

HHR 900

HHR Panel 900

Impala -

Malibu -

Malibu Hybrid -

Silverado 1500 1652

Silverado 2500 HD 3480

Silverado 3500 HD 3873

Suburban 1500 1593

Suburban 2500 2561

Tahoe 1835

Tahoe Hybrid 1830

TrailBlazer 1194

Traverse -

More Chevrolet Specs:

Chrysler Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)­
2006


300 -

300C -

Crossfire -

Pacifica -

PT Cruiser -

Sebring -

Town & Country -
2007


300 -

300C -

Aspen 1600

Crossfire -

PT Cruiser 1907

Pacifica 889

Sebring -

Town & Country 1200
2008


300 -

300C -

Aspen 1600

Crossfire -

Pacifica 865

PT Cruiser 889

Sebring -

Town & Country 1200
2009


300 -

300C -

Aspen 1600

Aspen Hybrid 1500

PT Cruiser -

Sebring -

Town & Country -

More Chrysler Specs:

Dodge Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Caravan 1682

Charger 1270

Dakota 1750

Durango 1750

Grand Caravan 1700

Magnum 1270

Ram 1500 1750

Ram 2500 3020

Ram 3500 4660

Sprinter Van 2500 3950

Sprinter Van 3500 3950

Sprinter Wagon 2500 4824

Stratus -

Viper -
2007


Caliber -

Caravan 1682

Charger 1270

Dakota 1710

Durango 1750

Grand Caravan 1700

Magnum 1270

Nitro 1150

Ram 1500 1750

Ram 2500 3130

Ram 3500 4780

Sprinter Van 2500 3766

Sprinter Van 3500 4350

Sprinter Wagon 2500 3074
2008


Avenger -

Caliber -

Challenger -

Charger 1270

Dakota 1630

Durango 1780

Grand Caravan -

Magnum 1270

Nitro 1150

Ram 1500 1810

Ram 2500 3210

Ram 3500 4870

Sprinter Van 2500 3766

Sprinter Van 3500 4530

Sprinter Wagon 2500 3074

Viper -
2009


Avenger -

Caliber -

Challenger -

Charger 1270

Dakota 1630

Durango 1780

Durango Hybrid 1500

Grand Caravan -

Journey -

Nitro 1150

Ram 1500 1490

Ram 2500 3260

Ram 3500 3560

Sprinter Van 2500 3766

Sprinter Van 3500 4530

Sprinter Wagon 2500 3074

Viper -

More Dodge Specs:

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Ford Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Crown Victoria -

E 150 1930

E 250 3435

E 350 Super Duty 4165

Escape 960

Escape Hybrid 1040

Explorer 1414

F 150 1640

F 250 3100

F 350 4000

Five Hundred -

Focus 990

Freestar 1200

Freestyle -

Fusion -

GT -

Mustang -

Ranger 1260

Taurus -
2007


Crown Victoria -

E 150 3310

E 250 3700

E 350 Super Duty 4200

Edge 1011

Escape 960

Escape Hybrid 1040

Expedition 1822

Expedition EL 1697

Explorer 1520

Explorer Sport Trac 1390

F 150 1650

F 250 3100

F 350 4000

Five Hundred -

Focus -

Freestar 1750

Freestyle -

Fusion -

Mustang -

Ranger 1260
2008


E 150 3314

E 250 3624

E 350 Super Duty 4110

Edge 1011

Escape 960

Escape Hybrid 1040

Expedition 1822

Expedition EL 1697

Explorer 1520

Explorer Sport Trac 1390

F 150 1650

F 250 3030

F 350 3900

F 450 6120

Focus -

Fusion -

Mustang -

Ranger 1260

Taurus -

Taurus X -
2009


E 150 3220

E 250 3530

E 350 Super Duty 4060

Edge 1011

Escape 960

Escape Hybrid 1040

Expedition 1822

Explorer 1520

Explorer Sport Trac 1390

F 150 3030

F 450 3900

Flex -

Focus -

Fusion -

Mustang -

Ranger 1260

Taurus -

Taurus X -

More Ford Specs:

GMC Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Canyon 1547

Envoy 1146

Envoy XL 1416

Savana 1500 2306

Savana 2500 3262

Savana 3500 4147

Sierra 1500 1889

Sierra 2500 4058

Sierra 3500 4658

Yukon 1522

Yukon XL 1731
2007


Acadia -

Canyon 1547

Envoy 1146

Savana 1500 2306

Savana 2500 3262

Savana 3500 4147

Sierra 1500 1952

Sierra 2500 3892

Sierra 3500 -

Yukon 1835

Yukon XL 1593
2008


Acadia -

Canyon 1547

Envoy 1146

Savana 1500 2306

Savana 2500 3262

Savana 3500 4147

Sierra 1500 1947

Sierra 2500 3892

Sierra 3500 -

Yukon 1830

Yukon Hybrid 1830

Yukon XL 1592
2009


Acadia -

Canyon 1422

Envoy 1146

Savana 1500 2306

Savana 2500 3262

Savana 3500 4147

Sierra 1500 1842

Sierra 2500 3924

Sierra 3500 4812

Sierra Hybrid -

Yukon 1830

Yukon Hybrid 1830

Yukon XL 1592

More GMC Specs:

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Honda Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Accord -

Accord Hybrid -

Civic -

Civic Hybrid -

CR-V -

Element -

Insight 400

Odyssey 1349

Pilot -

Ridgeline 1549

S2000 -
2007


Accord -

Accord Hybrid -

Civic 385

Civic Hybrid -

CR-V -

Element 675

Fit -

Odyssey 1349

Pilot 1322

Ridgeline 1549

S2000 -
2008


Accord -

Civic 385

Civic Hybrid -

CR-V -

Element 675

Fit -

Odyssey 1349

Pilot 1322

Ridgeline 1549

S2000 -
2009


Accord -

Civic -

Civic Hybrid -

Fit -

Odyssey 1349

Pilot 1322

More Honda Specs:

HUMMER Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


H1 Alpha 3087

H2 -

H3 1150
2007


H2 -

H3 1150
2008


H2 2200

H3 1150
2009


H2 2200

H3 1312

H3T 1090

More HUMMER Specs:

Hyundai Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Accent -

Azera -

Elantra -

Santa Fe -

Sonata -

Tiburon -

Tucson -
2007


Accent -

Azera -

Elantra -

Entourage -

Santa Fe -

Sonata -

Tiburon -

Tucson -

Veracruz -
2008


Accent -

Azera -

Elantra -

Entourage -

Santa Fe -

Sonata -

Tiburon -

Tucson -

Veracruz -
2009


Accent -

Azera -

Genesis -

Sonata -

More Hyundai Specs:

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Infiniti Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


FX35 1183

FX45 1091

G35 886

M35 -

M45 -

Q45 979

QX56 1440
2007


FX35 1183

FX45 1091

G35 -

M35 -

M45 -

QX56 -
2008


EX35 -

FX35 1183

FX45 1091

G35 -

G37 1040

M35 996

M45 1010

QX56 1553
2009


FX 35 1213

FX 50 1185

QX56 1553

More Infiniti Specs:

Isuzu Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Ascender 1133

i-280 1532

i-350 1190
2007


Ascender 1133

i-290 1532

i-370 1516
2008


Ascender 1133

i-290 1512

i-370 1260

More Isuzu Specs:

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Jaguar Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


S-Type -

X-Type 1058

XJ8 -

XJR -

XK8 -

XKR -
2007


S-Type -

X-Type 1058

XJ8 -

XJR -

XK -

XKR -
2008


S-Type -

X-Type 1058

XJ8 -

XJR -

XK 815

XKR 772
2009


XF -

XJ8 -

XKR 772

XK Coupe 815

More Jaguar Specs:

Jeep Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Commander 1620

Grand Cherokee 1100

Liberty 1150

Wrangler 800
2007


Commander 1310

Compass 925

Grand Cherokee 1050

Liberty 1150

Patriot -

Wrangler 1000
2008


Commander 1300

Compass 925

Grand Cherokee 1180

Liberty 1150

Patriot 925

Wrangler 1000

Wrangler Unlimited 1000
2009


Commander 1300

Compass 925

Grand Cherokee 1180

Liberty 1150

Patriot 925

Wrangler 1000

Wrangler Unlimited 1150

More Jeep Specs:

Kia Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Amanti -

Optima -

Rio 1273

Rio 5 1200

Sedona -

Sorento 1202

Spectra -

Spectra 5 -

Sportage 1195
2007


Amanti -

Optima -

Rio 1273

Rio 5 1200

Rondo -

Sedona 1532

Sorento 1318

Spectra -

Spectra 5 -

Sportage 1289
2008


Amanti -

Optima -

Rio 1273

Rio 5 1200

Rondo -

Sedona 1532

Sorento 1277

Spectra -

Spectra 5 -

Sportage 1195
2009


Borrego 1815

Spectra -

Spectra 5 -

More Kia Specs:

Land Rover Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


LR3 1806

Range Rover 1360

Range Rover Sport 1301
2007


LR3 1695

Range Rover 1360

Range Rover Sport 1301
2008


LR2 1100

LR3 1325

Range Rover 1136

Range Rover Sport 1301
2009


LR2 1100

LR3 1325

Range Rover 1136

Range Rover Sport 1067

More Land Rover Specs:

Lexus Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


ES 330 1068

GS 300 1005

GS 430 929

GX 470 1329

IS 250 976

IS 350 970

LS 430 1110

LX 470 1270

RX 330 1385

RX 4000h 926

SC 430 690
2007


ES 350 1099

GS 350 837

GS 430 926

GS 450h 1066

GX 470 1329

IS 250 976

IS 350 970

LS 460 1201

LX 470 1270

RX 350 1395

RX 400h 926

SC 430 690
2008


ES 350 1099

GS 350 746

GS 450h 1066

GS 460 729

GX 470 1329

IS 250 976

IS 350 970

IS-F 878

LS 460 1201

LS 600h 1026

LX 570 1411

RX 350 925

RX 400h 926

SC 430 690
2009


ES 350 -

GX 470 1329

IS-F -

IS 350 -

IS 250 -

LX 570 1411

RX 350 925

SC 430 -

More Lexus Specs:

Lincoln Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


LS -

Mark LT 1620

Navigator 1540

Town Car 900

Zephyr -
2007


MKX 958

MKZ -

Mark LT 1680

Navigator 1650

Town Car 900
2008


MKX 958

MKZ -

Mark LT 1680

Navigator 1650

Town Car 900
2009


MKS 1123

MKX 958

MKZ -

Navigator 1650

Town Car 900

More Lincoln Specs:

Mazda Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


B2300 1260

B3000 1680

B4000 1260

Mazda3 -

Mazda5 1239

Mazda6 1319

MazdaSpeed6 963

MPV 1506

MX-5 637

RX-8 779

Tribute 988
2007


B2300 1260

B3000 1680

B4000 1260

CX-7 -

CX-9 1493

Mazda3 -

Mazda5 1239

Mazda6 1080

MazdaSpeed3 -

MazdaSpeed6 963

MX-5 637

RX-8 765
2008


B2300 1260

B4000 1260

CX-7 -

CX-9 -

Mazda3 -

Mazda5 1191

Mazda6 1087

MazdaSpeed3 -

MX-5 633

RX-8 765

Tribute 1057

Tribute Hybrid 1083
2009


B2300 1200

B4000 1260

CX-7 -

CX-9 -

Mazda3 -

Mazda5 1191

Mazda6 1082

MazdaSpeed3 -

RX-8 754

Tribute -

More Mazda Specs:

Mercedes-Benz Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


C-Class -

CL-Class -

CLK-Class -

CLS-Class -

E-Class -

ML350 1616

ML500 1496

R-Class 2000

S-Class -

SL-Class -

SLK-Class -

SLR McLaren -
2007


C-Class -

CL-Class -

CLK-Class -

CLS-Class -

E-Class 1157

G500 1289

GL320 1086

GL450 1620

ML350 1635

ML320 1422

ML500 1620

ML63 AMG 1257

R-Class 1635

S-Class -

SL-Class -

SLK-Class -

SLR McLaren 626
2008


C-Class -

CL-Class -

CLK-Class -

CLS-Class -

E-Class 1157

G500 1764

G55 1433

GL320 -

GL450 1620

GL550 1620

ML320 1422

ML350 1635

ML550 1620

ML63 AMG -

R-Class -

S-Class -

SL-Class -

SLK-Class -

SLR McLaren 342
2009


C-Class -

CL-Class -

CLK-Class -

CLS 550 -

E-Class 1157

GL450 1620

GL550 1620

ML350 1635

ML320 1422

ML550 1620

ML63 AMG 1300

R-Class 1365

S-Class -

SL-Class -

SLK-Class -

More Mercedes-Benz Specs:

Mercury Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Grand Marquis -

Mariner 1075

Mariner Hybrid 920

Milan -

Montego -

Monterey 1320

Mountaineer 1549
2007


Grand Marquis -

Mariner 1075

Mariner Hybrid 920

Milan -

Montego -

Monterey 1320

Mountaineer 1443
2008


Grand Marquis -

Mariner 1059

Mariner Hybrid 920

Milan -

Mountaineer 1443

Sable -
2009


Grand Marquis -

Mariner 1059

Mariner Hybrid 920

Milan -

Mountaineer 1443

Sable -

More Mercury Specs:

MINI Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Cooper Convertible 771

Cooper Hardtop 816
2007


Cooper Convertible 771

Cooper Hardtop 816
2008


Cooper Clubman 816

Cooper Convertible 771

Cooper Hardtop 816
2009


John Cooper Works Hardtop 816

John Cooper Works Clubman 816

More MINI Specs:

Mitsubishi Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Eclipse 794

Endeavor 1055

Galant 969

Lancer 981

Montero 1165

Outlander 904

Raider 1590
2007


Eclipse 794

Endeavor 1055

Galant 937

Outlander 1538

Raider 1580
2008


Eclipse 794

Endeavor 1055

Galant 937

Lancer 1157

Outlander 1169

Raider 1580
2009


Eclipse 827

Galant 981

Lancer 1157

More Mitsubishi Specs:

Nissan Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


350Z 553

Altima 1199

Armada 1693

Frontier 1464

Maxima 1073

Murano 1050

Pathfinder 1424

Quest 1204

Sentra 1036

Titan 1549

Xterra 1138
2007


350Z 553

Altima 1240

Altima Hybrid 1053

Armada 1693

Frontier 1464

Maxima 999

Murano 1050

Pathfinder 1424

Quest 1203

Sentra 696

Titan 1490

Versa -

Xterra 1138
2008


350Z 553

Altima -

Altima Hybrid 1053

Armada 1453

Frontier 1464

Maxima 999

Pathfinder 1554

Quest 1203

Rogue 953

Sentra 652

Titan 2063

Versa -

Xterra 1138
2009


Altima -

Altima Hybrid 1065

Armada 1453

Frontier 1464

GT-R -

Maxima -

Murano 1188

Pathfinder 1554

Quest 1203

Rogue 953

Titan 2063

Versa -

Xterra 1138

More Nissan Specs:

Pontiac Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


G6 3117

GTO -

Grand Prix -

Montana SV6 1246

Solstice -

Torrent 1468

Vibe -
2007


G5 -

G6 -

Grand Prix -

Solstice -

Torrent 1468

Vibe -
2008


G5 -

G6 -

G8 -

Grand Prix -

Solstice -

Torrent 1410

Vibe -
2009


G5 -

G6 -

G8 -

Solstice -

Torrent 1410

Vibe -

More Pontiac Specs:

Porsche Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Cayenne 1731
2008


911 -

Boxter -

Cayenne 1731

Cayman -
2009


911 Carrera 915

Boxter 694

Cayenne 1841

Cayman 705

More Porsche Specs:

Saab Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


9-2X -

9-3 1170

9-5 920

9-7X 1230
2007


9-3 940

9-5 920

9-7X 1230
2008


9-3 940

9-5 920

9-7X 1230
2009


9-3 850

9-5 920

9-7X 1230

More Saab Specs:

Saturn Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Ion -

Relay 1350

VUE 1331
2007


Aura 1009

Aura Hybrid -

Ion -

Outlook 1678

Relay 1354

Sky -

VUE 1331

VUE Hybrid 1511
2008


Astra 893

Aura 1009

Aura Hybrid

Outlook 1678

Sky -

VUE 1000

VUE Hybrid 1111
2009


Astra -

Aura 1009

Aura Hybrid -

Outlook 1709

Sky -

VUE 1000

VUE Hybrid 1111

More Saturn Specs:

Scion Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


tC -

xA -

xB -
2007


tC -
2008


tC -

xB -

xD -
2009


tC -

xB -

xD -

More Scion Specs:

smart Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2008


fortwo 463

More smart Specs:

Subaru Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


B9 Tribeca 1560

Baja 1070

Forester 1060

Impreza Sedan 955

Impreza Wagon 995

Impreza Outback Sport 1132

Impreza WRX Sti 794

Legacy Sedan 1200

Legacy Wagon 1300

Outback 1245
2007


B9 Tribeca 1560

Forester 1010

Impreza Sedan 955

Impreza Wagon 995

Impreza Outback Sport 1132

Legacy Sedan 1055

Legacy Wagon 1290

Outback 995
2008


Forester 1010

Impreza Wagon 976

Impreza Sedan 856

Impreza Outback Sport 1082

Impreza WRX Sti 1080

Legacy 1055

Outback 1085

Tribeca 660
2009


Forester 1230

Legacy 1055

Outback 1078

Tribeca 660

More Subaru Specs:

Suzuki Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Aerio 955

Forenza 981

Grand Vitara 1175

Reno 941

Verona -

XL7 1168
2007


Aerio -

Forenza -

Grand Vitara -

Reno -

SX4 -

XL7 1626
2008


Forenza 926

Grand Vitara 1178

Reno 926

SX4 893

XL7 1626
2009


Equator -

Grand Vitara -

SX4 893

XL7 -

More Suzuki Specs:

Toyota Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


4Runner 1285

Avalon 1075

Camry 1059

Camry Solara -

Corolla 1055

Highlander 1840

Highlander Hybrid 1605

Land Cruiser 1500

Matrix 1166

Prius 1085

RAV4 1130

Sequoia 1510

Sienna 1570

Tacoma 1540

Tundra 1835
2007


4Runner 1285

Avalon 1070

Camry -

Camry Hybrid -

Camry Solara -

Corolla 1055

FJ Cruiser 1280

Highlander 1844

Highlander Hybrid 1605

Land Cruiser 1500

Matrix 1166

Prius 863

RAV4 1130

Sequoia 1510

Sienna 1420

Tacoma 1540

Tundra 1470

Yaris -
2008


4Runner 1285

Avalon 1075

Camry -

Camry Hybrid -

Camry Solara -

Corolla 1055

FJ Cruiser 1280

Highlander 1821

Highlander Hybrid 1427

Land Cruiser 1585

Matrix 1166

Prius 863

RAV4 1130

Sequoia 1280

Sienna 1420

Tacoma 1415

Tundra 1470

Yaris -
2009


4Runner 1285

Avalon 1075

Camry -

Camry Hybrid -

Corolla 1113

FJ Cruiser 1325

Highlander 1821

Highlander Hybrid 1427

Land Cruiser 1585

Matrix -

Prius -

RAV4 1130

Sienna 1513

Tacoma 1540

Yaris -

Venza -

More Toyota Specs:

Volkswagen Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


Golf 947

GTI 1024

Jetta 1094

Beetle Convertible 772

Beetle Coupe 772

Passat Sedan 1140

Phaeton 1002

Rabbit 994

Touareg 1400
2007


Eos 893

GTI 968

Jetta 1094

Beetle Convertible 772

Beetle Coupe 772

Passat Sedan 1140

Passat Wagon 1272

Rabbit 972

Touareg 1325
2008


Eos 893

GLI 955

GTI 968

Jetta 1094

Beetle Convertible 772

Beetle Coupe 772

Passat Sedan 997

Passat Wagon 1063

R32 -

Rabbit 972

Touareg 2 1400
2009


Eos 893

GLI 955

GTI 968

Jetta Sedan 1094

Jetta Sport Wagon 981

Beetle Convertible 772

Beetle Coupe 772

Passat Sedan 1144

Passat Wagon 1228

Rabbit 972

Routan 1199

Tiguan 1562

Touareg 2 1407

More Volkswagen Specs:

Volvo Payload

Year Model Max Payload (lbs)
2006


C70 -

S40 -

S60 -

S80 -

V50 -

V70 -

XC70 -

XC90 -
2007


C70 -

S40 -

S60 -

S80 -

V50 -

V70 -

XC70 -

XC90 -
2008


C30 -

C70 -

S40 -

S60 -

S80 -

V50 -

V70 -

XC70 -

XC90 -
2009


C30 -

C70 -

S40 -

S60 -

S80 -

V50 -

V70 -

XC70 -

XC90 -

More Volvo Specs:

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