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 WeightsAs 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.
|2012 Toyota Camry||3,190 pounds|
|2012 Toyota Prius||3,042 pounds|
|2012 Toyota Avalon||3,572 pounds|
|2013 Toyota Matrix||2,888 pounds|
|2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS||3,777 pounds|
|2013 Chevrolet Corvette||3,208 pounds|
|2013 Chevrolet Malibu||3,393 pounds|
|2012 Chrysler Town and Country||4,652 pounds|
|2012 Subaru Outback||3,495 pounds|
|2014 Subaru Impreza||3,208 pounds|
|2013 BMW 740i Sedan||4,344 pounds|
|2012 Honda Civic LX Coupe||2,617 pounds|
|2012 Cadillac Escalade EXT||5,949 pounds|
|2012 MINI Cooper Hatchback||2.535 pounds|
|2013 Dodge Durango||4,756 pounds|
|2013 Hyundai Accent||2,396 pounds|
|2013 Hyundai Elantra||2,701 pounds|
|2012 Scion xB||3,084 pounds|
|2012 Scion TC||3,102 pounds|
|2013 Buick Regal||3,600 pounds|
|2014 Buick LaCrosse||3,756 pounds|
|2014 Buick Verano||3,300 pounds|
|2013 Kia Optima Hybrid||3,496 pounds|
|2014 Kia Cadenza||3,668 pounds|
|2012 Lexus IS-F||3,780 pounds|
|2013 Audi A6||3,682 pounds|
|2014 BMW 5-Series||3,814 pounds|
|2012 Nissan Cube||2,768 pounds|
|2012 Nissan Maxima||3,540 pounds|
|2014 Nissan Versa||2,354 pounds|
|2013 Ford Focus||2,935 pounds|
|2013 Ford Taurus||4,037 pounds|
|2012 Smart Fortwo||1,808 pounds|
|2013 Mazda MAZDA6||3,323 pounds|
|2014 Porsche Panamera||3,968 pounds|
Chart of Average Vehicle Curb Weight by ClassVehicle 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 Class||Curb Weight in Pounds||Curb Weight in Kilograms|
|Compact car||2,979 pounds||1,354 kilograms|
|Midsize car||3,497 pounds||1,590 kilograms|
|Large car||4,366 pounds||1,985 kilograms|
|Compact truck or SUV||3,470 pounds||1,577 kilograms|
|Midsize truck or SUV||4,259 pounds||1,936 kilograms|
|Large truck or SUV||5,411 pounds||2.460 kilograms|
List of Different Types of Vehicle WeightWhen 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 RoadwaysEach 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 VehicleThere 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 Weight||How to Find Vehicle Weight|
|Driver's side doorsill||Open the driver's side door of the vehicle, and look for the weight label or sticker on the sill.|
|Car manual||Locate your car manual, and look up the section on specifications for your vehicle.|
|Manufacturer||Write down the year, make, model, and vehicle identification number for your car, and then call the customer service number in your manual.|
|Vehicle scale||Load your vehicle as usual, and then weigh your car or truck at a nearby vehicle scale.|