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CAR WEIGHTS

Understanding your vehicle's weight is an essential part of automotive safety. It can also be fascinating to see how your car or truck compares to other vehicles on the road. Depending on the materials used during production, the engine size of the vehicle, and the vehicle class, there can be significant variation in automobile weights.

 

List of Car Curb Weights

As you can see by this list, car weight can vary a lot, depending on the type of vehicle, the engine, and many other factors. These weights are for the car only and do not include cargo, passengers, or any other items.
ModelCurb Weight
2012 Toyota Camry3,190 pounds
2012 Toyota Prius3,042 pounds
2012 Toyota Avalon3,572 pounds
2013 Toyota Matrix2,888 pounds
2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS3,777 pounds
2013 Chevrolet Corvette3,208 pounds
2013 Chevrolet Malibu3,393 pounds
2012 Chrysler Town and Country4,652 pounds
2012 Subaru Outback3,495 pounds
2014 Subaru Impreza3,208 pounds
2013 BMW 740i Sedan4,344 pounds
2012 Honda Civic LX Coupe2,617 pounds
2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT5,949 pounds
2012 MINI Cooper Hatchback2.535 pounds
2013 Dodge Durango4,756 pounds
2013 Hyundai Accent2,396 pounds
2013 Hyundai Elantra2,701 pounds
2012 Scion xB3,084 pounds
2012 Scion TC3,102 pounds
2013 Buick Regal3,600 pounds
2014 Buick LaCrosse3,756 pounds
2014 Buick Verano3,300 pounds
2013 Kia Optima Hybrid3,496 pounds
2014 Kia Cadenza3,668 pounds
2012 Lexus IS-F3,780 pounds
2013 Audi A63,682 pounds
2014 BMW 5-Series3,814 pounds
2012 Nissan Cube2,768 pounds
2012 Nissan Maxima3,540 pounds
2014 Nissan Versa2,354 pounds
2013 Ford Focus2,935 pounds
2013 Ford Taurus4,037 pounds
2012 Smart Fortwo1,808 pounds
2013 Mazda MAZDA63,323 pounds
2014 Porsche Panamera3,968 pounds


Chart of Average Vehicle Curb Weight by Class

Vehicle weight can vary significantly by the model and even the year of the car or truck, so your own vehicle's manual or driver's side doorsill is your best resource for finding out its weight. However, many people wonder how their vehicle compares to others in its class.
Below, you'll find a chart depicting the average weight for various classes of vehicles, according to USA Today:
Vehicle ClassCurb Weight in PoundsCurb Weight in Kilograms
Compact car2,979 pounds1,354 kilograms
Midsize car3,497 pounds1,590 kilograms
Large car4,366 pounds1,985 kilograms
Compact truck or SUV3,470 pounds1,577 kilograms
Midsize truck or SUV4,259 pounds1,936 kilograms
Large truck or SUV5,411 pounds2.460 kilograms

List of Different Types of Vehicle Weight

When you're comparing vehicle weights, it's very important to understand the different ways weight is measured. The chart below can help you understand which measurement you want to use when comparing vehicles or deciding on how much cargo your vehicle can carry.
  • Gross vehicle weight (GVW) - This weight includes all your cargo, extra added equipment, and passengers aboard.
  • Curb weight - This is the weight of your vehicle with all fluids and components but without the drivers, passengers, and cargo.
  • Payload - The payload is the weight including passengers, equipment, cargo, and anything being towed.
  • Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) - This is the maximum total weight of your vehicle, passengers, and cargo in order for you to avoid damaging the vehicle or compromising your safety.
  • Gross combined weight - This weight includes the vehicle and a trailer, if you are pulling one. The gross combined weight should be determined while the trailer is attached to the vehicle.
  • Maximum loaded trailer weight - This amount is much like the gross combined weight, however, it includes a fully loaded trailer.
  • Gross axle weight - The gross axle weight is the amount of weight that is supported by each axle, both front and rear.
  • Gross axle weight rating - The gross axle weight rating is the total weight each axle is capable of hauling.

Maximum Vehicle Weights for Roadways

Each state establishes the maximum size vehicles that can travel on the highways and smaller roads throughout the state. Most U.S. states established a weight limit of about 80,000 pounds, and many Canadian Provinces allow over 90,000 pounds. If you are concerned about the weight of your vehicle exceeding the road limits, it's a good idea to consult a weight chart for the state or province where you'll be traveling. Some examples of state weight charts include the following:


If you drive a large vehicle and you're concerned that your cargo may place it over the legal weight limits, check the DOT website for your particular state to determine the legal limits for your specific vehicle.

How to Find the Weight of Your Vehicle

There are many websites that offer information on vehicle weights, but these are not the most reliable sources of information. If you're wondering how much weight you should carry in your car or whether your vehicle is too heavy for a bridge or road, you need to be able to trust the information you find.
Source for Vehicle WeightHow to Find Vehicle Weight
Driver's side doorsillOpen the driver's side door of the vehicle, and look for the weight label or sticker on the sill.
Car manualLocate your car manual, and look up the section on specifications for your vehicle.
ManufacturerWrite down the year, make, model, and vehicle identification number for your car, and then call the customer service number in your manual.
Vehicle scaleLoad your vehicle as usual, and then weigh your car or truck at a nearby vehicle scale.


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