General Buying Information

Vehicle Weight Averages for Certain Models


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If weight is a consideration in your new car purchase, then it’s important to know the average vehicle weight of different models of vehicles. Here are the figures on what the average weight should be for some of the more common classes of cars:

  • Compact cars (Honda Civic) should weigh between 3,000 to 4,500 pounds.
  • Midsize cars (Ford Taurus) usually weigh between 4,500 pounds to 5,500 pounds.
  • Full size cars (Mercedes S Class) average between 5000 and 6000 pounds.
  • Minivans or Crossovers (Dodge Caravan) mostly fall between 5500 and 6500 pounds.
  • Light trucks and SUV’s (Ford Explorer) between 5000 and 7000 pounds.
  • Full size pickups and SUV’s (Toyota Tundra) can weigh between 7,500 to 12,000 pounds.

Remember these are just vehicle weights, not gross weight ratings. There is a difference between a vehicle weight and a gross weight rating. The vehicle weight is the car by itself. The gross weight rating is the car’s weight plus the weight of whatever is in it: like fuel, passengers and cargo. Your car’s weight can be an important thing to consider for one of a few reasons. Some neighborhoods have limited access to heavier vehicles for a variety of reasons, like road wear or the weight capacity of bridges in the area. Heavier vehicles may not be able to pass without damaging the road or causing danger to passengers. For people that access their homes or business using ferry boats, weight is also an important consideration. If your ferry charges vehicles by weight, just a few pounds may save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year.

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