How Payload Works

By: John Fuller

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.

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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.

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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 ClassGVWR
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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The data provided by HSW is provided as is without guarantee of any kind, and HSW disclaims all conditions of any kind, expressed or implied, with respect to such data, including the implied fitness for a particular purpose.
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Acura Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006

MDX-

RL-

RSX-

TL-

TSX-
2007

MDX1158

RL-

RDX870

TL-

TSX850
2008

MDX1158

RL-

RSX870

TL-

TSX850
2009

MDX1158

RL-

RSX870

TSX850

More Acura Specs:

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Audi Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006

A3-

A4-

A6-

A81213

S4-

TT728
2007

A3-

A4-

A6-

A8-

Q7-

RS4-

S4-

S6-

S81213
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:

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BMW Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006

3251058

3301058

5251102

5301102

5501102

650838

7501058

760-

M3-

M51058

M6941

X31025

X5-

Z4551

Z4M584
2007

328926

3351058

5251102

5301102

5501102

650838

7501058

7601058

Alpina B7-

M5-

M6-

X3-

X51113

Z4551

Z4M584

2008

128882

135882

328926

3351058

5281102

5351102

5501102

650838

7501058

7601058

Alpina B71213

M31014

M51058

X31036

X51113

X61190

Z4551

Z4M584
2009

128882

135882

3281058

3351058

5281102

5351102

5501102

750838

M31014

M51058

M6941

X31036

X51290

X6937

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Buick Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


LaCrosse-

Lucerne-

Rainier1069

Rendezvous-

Terraza-
2007


LaCrosse-

Lucerne-

Rainier1069

Rendezvous-
2008


Enclave-

LaCrosse-

Lucerne-
2009


Enclave-

LaCrosse-

Lucerne-

More Buick Specs:

Cadillac Payload

YearModel­Max Payload (lbs)­
2006


CTS-

CTS-V-

DTS-

Escalade1448

Escalade ESV1439

Escalade EXT1186

SRX6008

STS-

STS-V-

XLR-

XLR-V-
2007


CTS-

CTS-V-

DTS-

Escalade1541

Escalade ESV1534

Escalade EXT1362

SRX-

STS-

STS-V-

XLR-

XLR-V-
2008


CTS-

DTS-

Escalade1541

Escalade ESV1547

Escalade EXT1362

SRX-

STS-

STS-V-

XLR-

XLR-V-
2009


CTS-

DTS-

Escalade1541

Escalade ESV1547

Escalade EXT1362

Escalace Hybrid-

SRX-

STS-

STS-V-

XLR-

XLR-V-

More Cadillac Specs:

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Chevrolet Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)­
2006


Avalanche 15001387

Avalanche 25002072

Aveo-

Cobalt-

Colorado1532

Corvette-

Equinox-

Express2306

HHR900

Impala-

Malibu-

Malibu MAXX-

Monte Carlo-

SSR-

Silverado 15001913

Silverado 1500 Hybrid1162

Silverado 1500 SS1253

Silverado 1500 HD3129

Silverado 2500 HD3606

Silverado 3500 HD5169

Suburban 15001731

Suburban 25002828

Tahoe1522

TrailBlazer1194

TrailBlazer EXT1429

Uplander-
2007


Avalanche 15001258

Aveo-

Aveo 5-

Cobalt-

Colorado1316

Corvette-

Equinox-

Express2306

HHR900

HHR Panel900

Impala-

Malibu-

Monte Carlo-

Silverado 15001658

Silverado 1500 Classic1913

Silverado 1500 Hybrid Classic1162

Silverado 1500 SS Classic1253

Silverado 1500 HD Classic3129

Silverado 2500 HD3458

Silverado 2500 HD Classic3606

Silverado 3500-

Silverado 3500 Classic5169

Suburban 15001593

Suburban 25002561

Tahoe1835

TrailBlazer1194

Uplander-
2008


Avalanche 15001444

Aveo-

Aaveo 5-

Cobalt-

Colorado1316

Corvette-

Equinox-

Express2306

HHR900

HHR Panel900

Impala-

Malibu-

Maibu Classic-

Malibu Hybrid-

Silverado 15001652

Silverado 2500 HD3458

Silverado 3500 HD3621

Suburban 15001593

Suburban 25002561

Tahoe1835

Tahoe Hybrid1830

TrailBlazer1194

Uplander-
2009


Avalanche 15001333

Aveo-

Cobalt-

Colorado1250

Corvette-

Equinox-

Express 15002306

Express 25003262

Express 35004147

HHR900

HHR Panel900

Impala-

Malibu-

Malibu Hybrid-

Silverado 15001652

Silverado 2500 HD3480

Silverado 3500 HD3873

Suburban 15001593

Suburban 25002561

Tahoe1835

Tahoe Hybrid1830

TrailBlazer1194

Traverse-

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Chrysler Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)­
2006


300-

300C-

Crossfire-

Pacifica-

PT Cruiser-

Sebring-

Town & Country-
2007


300-

300C-

Aspen1600

Crossfire-

PT Cruiser1907

Pacifica889

Sebring-

Town & Country1200
2008


300-

300C-

Aspen1600

Crossfire-

Pacifica865

PT Cruiser889

Sebring-

Town & Country1200
2009


300-

300C-

Aspen1600

Aspen Hybrid1500

PT Cruiser-

Sebring-

Town & Country-

More Chrysler Specs:

Dodge Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Caravan1682

Charger1270

Dakota1750

Durango1750

Grand Caravan1700

Magnum1270

Ram 15001750

Ram 25003020

Ram 35004660

Sprinter Van 25003950

Sprinter Van 35003950

Sprinter Wagon 25004824

Stratus-

Viper-
2007


Caliber-

Caravan1682

Charger1270

Dakota1710

Durango1750

Grand Caravan1700

Magnum1270

Nitro1150

Ram 15001750

Ram 25003130

Ram 35004780

Sprinter Van 25003766

Sprinter Van 35004350

Sprinter Wagon 25003074
2008


Avenger-

Caliber-

Challenger-

Charger1270

Dakota1630

Durango1780

Grand Caravan-

Magnum1270

Nitro1150

Ram 15001810

Ram 25003210

Ram 35004870

Sprinter Van 25003766

Sprinter Van 35004530

Sprinter Wagon 25003074

Viper-
2009


Avenger-

Caliber-

Challenger-

Charger1270

Dakota1630

Durango1780

Durango Hybrid1500

Grand Caravan-

Journey-

Nitro1150

Ram 15001490

Ram 25003260

Ram 35003560

Sprinter Van 25003766

Sprinter Van 35004530

Sprinter Wagon 25003074

Viper-

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Ford Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Crown Victoria-

E 1501930

E 2503435

E 350 Super Duty4165

Escape960

Escape Hybrid1040

Explorer1414

F 1501640

F 2503100

F 3504000

Five Hundred-

Focus990

Freestar1200

Freestyle-

Fusion-

GT-

Mustang-

Ranger1260

Taurus-
2007


Crown Victoria-

E 1503310

E 2503700

E 350 Super Duty4200

Edge1011

Escape960

Escape Hybrid1040

Expedition1822

Expedition EL1697

Explorer1520

Explorer Sport Trac1390

F 1501650

F 2503100

F 3504000

Five Hundred-

Focus-

Freestar1750

Freestyle-

Fusion-

Mustang-

Ranger1260
2008


E 1503314

E 2503624

E 350 Super Duty4110

Edge1011

Escape960

Escape Hybrid1040

Expedition1822

Expedition EL1697

Explorer1520

Explorer Sport Trac1390

F 1501650

F 2503030

F 3503900

F 4506120

Focus-

Fusion-

Mustang-

Ranger1260

Taurus-

Taurus X-
2009


E 1503220

E 2503530

E 350 Super Duty4060

Edge1011

Escape960

Escape Hybrid1040

Expedition1822

Explorer1520

Explorer Sport Trac1390

F 1503030

F 4503900

Flex-

Focus-

Fusion-

Mustang-

Ranger1260

Taurus-

Taurus X-

More Ford Specs:

GMC Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Canyon1547

Envoy1146

Envoy XL1416

Savana 15002306

Savana 25003262

Savana 35004147

Sierra 15001889

Sierra 25004058

Sierra 35004658

Yukon1522

Yukon XL1731
2007


Acadia-

Canyon1547

Envoy1146

Savana 15002306

Savana 25003262

Savana 35004147

Sierra 15001952

Sierra 25003892

Sierra 3500-

Yukon1835

Yukon XL1593
2008


Acadia-

Canyon1547

Envoy1146

Savana 15002306

Savana 25003262

Savana 35004147

Sierra 15001947

Sierra 25003892

Sierra 3500-

Yukon1830

Yukon Hybrid1830

Yukon XL1592
2009


Acadia-

Canyon1422

Envoy1146

Savana 15002306

Savana 25003262

Savana 35004147

Sierra 15001842

Sierra 25003924

Sierra 35004812

Sierra Hybrid-

Yukon1830

Yukon Hybrid1830

Yukon XL1592

More GMC Specs:

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Honda Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Accord-

Accord Hybrid-

Civic-

Civic Hybrid-

CR-V-

Element-

Insight400

Odyssey1349

Pilot-

Ridgeline1549

S2000-
2007


Accord-

Accord Hybrid-

Civic385

Civic Hybrid-

CR-V-

Element675

Fit-

Odyssey1349

Pilot1322

Ridgeline1549

S2000-
2008


Accord-

Civic385

Civic Hybrid-

CR-V-

Element675

Fit-

Odyssey1349

Pilot1322

Ridgeline1549

S2000-
2009


Accord-

Civic-

Civic Hybrid-

Fit-

Odyssey1349

Pilot1322

More Honda Specs:

HUMMER Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


H1 Alpha3087

H2-

H31150
2007


H2-

H31150
2008


H22200

H31150
2009


H22200

H31312

H3T1090

More HUMMER Specs:

Hyundai Payload

YearModelMax 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

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


FX351183

FX451091

G35886

M35-

M45-

Q45979

QX561440
2007


FX351183

FX451091

G35-

M35-

M45-

QX56-
2008


EX35-

FX351183

FX451091

G35-

G371040

M35996

M451010

QX561553
2009


FX 351213

FX 501185

QX561553

More Infiniti Specs:

Isuzu Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Ascender1133

i-2801532

i-3501190
2007


Ascender1133

i-2901532

i-3701516
2008


Ascender1133

i-2901512

i-3701260

More Isuzu Specs:

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Jaguar Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


S-Type-

X-Type1058

XJ8-

XJR-

XK8-

XKR-
2007


S-Type-

X-Type1058

XJ8-

XJR-

XK-

XKR-
2008


S-Type-

X-Type1058

XJ8-

XJR-

XK815

XKR772
2009


XF-

XJ8-

XKR772

XK Coupe815

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Jeep Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Commander1620

Grand Cherokee1100

Liberty1150

Wrangler800
2007


Commander1310

Compass925

Grand Cherokee1050

Liberty1150

Patriot-

Wrangler1000
2008


Commander1300

Compass925

Grand Cherokee1180

Liberty1150

Patriot925

Wrangler1000

Wrangler Unlimited1000
2009


Commander1300

Compass925

Grand Cherokee1180

Liberty1150

Patriot925

Wrangler1000

Wrangler Unlimited1150

More Jeep Specs:

Kia Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Amanti-

Optima-

Rio1273

Rio 51200

Sedona-

Sorento1202

Spectra-

Spectra 5-

Sportage1195
2007


Amanti-

Optima-

Rio1273

Rio 51200

Rondo-

Sedona1532

Sorento1318

Spectra-

Spectra 5-

Sportage1289
2008


Amanti-

Optima-

Rio1273

Rio 51200

Rondo-

Sedona1532

Sorento1277

Spectra-

Spectra 5-

Sportage1195
2009


Borrego1815

Spectra-

Spectra 5-

More Kia Specs:

Land Rover Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


LR31806

Range Rover1360

Range Rover Sport1301
2007


LR31695

Range Rover1360

Range Rover Sport1301
2008


LR21100

LR31325

Range Rover1136

Range Rover Sport1301
2009


LR21100

LR31325

Range Rover1136

Range Rover Sport1067

More Land Rover Specs:

Lexus Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


ES 3301068

GS 3001005

GS 430929

GX 4701329

IS 250976

IS 350970

LS 4301110

LX 4701270

RX 3301385

RX 4000h926

SC 430690
2007


ES 3501099

GS 350837

GS 430926

GS 450h1066

GX 4701329

IS 250976

IS 350970

LS 4601201

LX 4701270

RX 3501395

RX 400h926

SC 430690
2008


ES 3501099

GS 350746

GS 450h1066

GS 460729

GX 4701329

IS 250976

IS 350970

IS-F878

LS 4601201

LS 600h1026

LX 5701411

RX 350925

RX 400h926

SC 430690
2009


ES 350-

GX 4701329

IS-F-

IS 350-

IS 250-

LX 5701411

RX 350925

SC 430-

More Lexus Specs:

Lincoln Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


LS-

Mark LT1620

Navigator1540

Town Car900

Zephyr-
2007


MKX958

MKZ-

Mark LT1680

Navigator1650

Town Car900
2008


MKX958

MKZ-

Mark LT1680

Navigator1650

Town Car900
2009


MKS1123

MKX958

MKZ-

Navigator1650

Town Car900

More Lincoln Specs:

Mazda Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


B23001260

B30001680

B40001260

Mazda3-

Mazda51239

Mazda61319

MazdaSpeed6963

MPV1506

MX-5637

RX-8779

Tribute988
2007


B23001260

B30001680

B40001260

CX-7-

CX-91493

Mazda3-

Mazda51239

Mazda61080

MazdaSpeed3-

MazdaSpeed6963

MX-5637

RX-8765
2008


B23001260

B40001260

CX-7-

CX-9-

Mazda3-

Mazda51191

Mazda61087

MazdaSpeed3-

MX-5633

RX-8765

Tribute1057

TributeHybrid1083
2009


B23001200

B40001260

CX-7-

CX-9-

Mazda3-

Mazda51191

Mazda61082

MazdaSpeed3-

RX-8754

Tribute-

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Mercedes-Benz Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


C-Class-

CL-Class-

CLK-Class-

CLS-Class-

E-Class-

ML3501616

ML5001496

R-Class2000

S-Class-

SL-Class-

SLK-Class-

SLR McLaren-
2007


C-Class-

CL-Class-

CLK-Class-

CLS-Class-

E-Class1157

G5001289

GL3201086

GL4501620

ML3501635

ML3201422

ML5001620

ML63 AMG1257

R-Class1635

S-Class-

SL-Class-

SLK-Class-

SLR McLaren626
2008


C-Class-

CL-Class-

CLK-Class-

CLS-Class-

E-Class1157

G5001764

G551433

GL320-

GL4501620

GL5501620

ML3201422

ML3501635

ML5501620

ML63 AMG-

R-Class-

S-Class-

SL-Class-

SLK-Class-

SLR McLaren342
2009


C-Class-

CL-Class-

CLK-Class-

CLS 550-

E-Class1157

GL4501620

GL5501620

ML3501635

ML3201422

ML5501620

ML63 AMG1300

R-Class1365

S-Class-

SL-Class-

SLK-Class-

More Mercedes-Benz Specs:

Mercury Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Grand Marquis-

Mariner1075

Mariner Hybrid920

Milan-

Montego-

Monterey1320

Mountaineer1549
2007


Grand Marquis-

Mariner1075

Mariner Hybrid920

Milan-

Montego-

Monterey1320

Mountaineer1443
2008


Grand Marquis-

Mariner1059

Mariner Hybrid920

Milan-

Mountaineer1443

Sable-
2009


Grand Marquis-

Mariner1059

Mariner Hybrid920

Milan-

Mountaineer1443

Sable-

More Mercury Specs:

MINI Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Cooper Convertible771

Cooper Hardtop816
2007


Cooper Convertible771

Cooper Hardtop816
2008


Cooper Clubman816

Cooper Convertible771

Cooper Hardtop816
2009


John Cooper Works Hardtop816

John Cooper Works Clubman816

More MINI Specs:

Mitsubishi Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Eclipse794

Endeavor1055

Galant969

Lancer981

Montero1165

Outlander904

Raider1590
2007


Eclipse794

Endeavor1055

Galant937

Outlander1538

Raider1580
2008


Eclipse794

Endeavor1055

Galant937

Lancer1157

Outlander1169

Raider1580
2009


Eclipse827

Galant981

Lancer1157

More Mitsubishi Specs:

Nissan Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


350Z553

Altima1199

Armada1693

Frontier1464

Maxima1073

Murano1050

Pathfinder1424

Quest1204

Sentra1036

Titan1549

Xterra1138
2007


350Z553

Altima1240

Altima Hybrid1053

Armada1693

Frontier1464

Maxima999

Murano1050

Pathfinder1424

Quest1203

Sentra696

Titan1490

Versa-

Xterra1138
2008


350Z553

Altima-

Altima Hybrid1053

Armada1453

Frontier1464

Maxima999

Pathfinder1554

Quest1203

Rogue953

Sentra652

Titan2063

Versa-

Xterra1138
2009


Altima-

Altima Hybrid1065

Armada1453

Frontier1464

GT-R-

Maxima-

Murano1188

Pathfinder1554

Quest1203

Rogue953

Titan2063

Versa-

Xterra1138

More Nissan Specs:

Pontiac Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


G63117

GTO-

Grand Prix-

Montana SV61246

Solstice-

Torrent1468

Vibe-
2007


G5-

G6-

Grand Prix-

Solstice-

Torrent1468

Vibe-
2008


G5-

G6-

G8-

Grand Prix-

Solstice-

Torrent1410

Vibe-
2009


G5-

G6-

G8-

Solstice-

Torrent1410

Vibe-

More Pontiac Specs:

Porsche Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Cayenne1731
2008


911-

Boxter-

Cayenne1731

Cayman-
2009


911 Carrera915

Boxter694

Cayenne1841

Cayman705

More Porsche Specs:

Saab Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


9-2X-

9-31170

9-5920

9-7X1230
2007


9-3940

9-5920

9-7X1230
2008


9-3940

9-5920

9-7X1230
2009


9-3850

9-5920

9-7X1230

More Saab Specs:

Saturn Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Ion-

Relay1350

VUE1331
2007


Aura1009

Aura Hybrid-

Ion-

Outlook1678

Relay1354

Sky-

VUE1331

VUE Hybrid1511
2008


Astra893

Aura1009

Aura Hybrid

Outlook1678

Sky-

VUE1000

VUE Hybrid1111
2009


Astra-

Aura1009

Aura Hybrid-

Outlook1709

Sky-

VUE1000

VUE Hybrid1111

More Saturn Specs:

Scion Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


tC-

xA-

xB-
2007


tC-
2008


tC-

xB-

xD-
2009


tC-

xB-

xD-

More Scion Specs:

smart Payload

Subaru Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


B9 Tribeca1560

Baja1070

Forester1060

Impreza Sedan955

Impreza Wagon995

Impreza Outback Sport1132

Impreza WRX Sti794

Legacy Sedan1200

Legacy Wagon1300

Outback1245
2007


B9 Tribeca1560

Forester1010

Impreza Sedan955

Impreza Wagon995

Impreza Outback Sport1132

Legacy Sedan1055

Legacy Wagon1290

Outback995
2008


Forester1010

Impreza Wagon976

Impreza Sedan856

Impreza Outback Sport1082

Impreza WRX Sti1080

Legacy1055

Outback1085

Tribeca660
2009


Forester1230

Legacy1055

Outback1078

Tribeca660

More Subaru Specs:

Suzuki Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Aerio955

Forenza981

Grand Vitara1175

Reno941

Verona-

XL71168
2007


Aerio-

Forenza-

Grand Vitara-

Reno-

SX4-

XL71626
2008


Forenza926

Grand Vitara1178

Reno926

SX4893

XL71626
2009


Equator-

Grand Vitara-

SX4893

XL7-

More Suzuki Specs:

Toyota Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


4Runner1285

Avalon1075

Camry1059

Camry Solara-

Corolla1055

Highlander1840

Highlander Hybrid1605

Land Cruiser1500

Matrix1166

Prius1085

RAV41130

Sequoia1510

Sienna1570

Tacoma1540

Tundra1835
2007


4Runner1285

Avalon1070

Camry-

Camry Hybrid-

Camry Solara-

Corolla1055

FJ Cruiser1280

Highlander1844

Highlander Hybrid1605

Land Cruiser1500

Matrix1166

Prius863

RAV41130

Sequoia1510

Sienna1420

Tacoma1540

Tundra1470

Yaris-
2008


4Runner1285

Avalon1075

Camry-

Camry Hybrid-

Camry Solara-

Corolla1055

FJ Cruiser1280

Highlander1821

Highlander Hybrid1427

Land Cruiser1585

Matrix1166

Prius863

RAV41130

Sequoia1280

Sienna1420

Tacoma1415

Tundra1470

Yaris-
2009


4Runner1285

Avalon1075

Camry-

Camry Hybrid-

Corolla1113

FJ Cruiser1325

Highlander1821

Highlander Hybrid1427

Land Cruiser1585

Matrix-

Prius-

RAV41130

Sienna1513

Tacoma1540

Yaris-

Venza-

More Toyota Specs:

Volkswagen Payload

YearModelMax Payload (lbs)
2006


Golf947

GTI1024

Jetta1094

Beetle Convertible772

Beetle Coupe772

Passat Sedan1140

Phaeton1002

Rabbit994

Touareg1400
2007


Eos893

GTI968

Jetta1094

Beetle Convertible772

Beetle Coupe772

Passat Sedan1140

Passat Wagon1272

Rabbit972

Touareg1325
2008


Eos893

GLI955

GTI968

Jetta1094

Beetle Convertible772

Beetle Coupe772

Passat Sedan997

Passat Wagon1063

R32-

Rabbit972

Touareg 21400
2009


Eos893

GLI955

GTI968

Jetta Sedan1094

Jetta Sport Wagon981

Beetle Convertible772

Beetle Coupe772

Passat Sedan1144

Passat Wagon1228

Rabbit972

Routan1199

Tiguan1562

Touareg 21407

More Volkswagen Specs:

Volvo Payload

YearModelMax 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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  • Encyclopedia Britannica. "Gross vehicle weight rating." 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. (Nov. 3, 2008)
    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/246680/gross-vehicle-weight-rating
  • Kurczewski, Nick. "Cargo weight and rollovers: know the limits of your SUV." Edmunds.com. Oct. 7, 2007. (Nov. 3, 2008)
    http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/driving/articles/46586/article.html

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