What is the difference between payload and towing capacity?

The confusion over what is payload capacity and what is towing capacity is easy to understand. After all, both of these measurements are included in the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. However, there is a vast difference in the meaning between the two terms.

Payload capacity is the limit of the weight you can carry. This limitation includes the people in the vehicle—the driver and all the passengers. Payload capacity also includes all the extras that people require—their smartphones, tablets, child safety seats, etc. Then there is the cargo you are carrying. Towing capacity is often defined as how much weight your vehicle is capable of pulling. In the instance of pulling, it does not matter if you are using a trailer hitch or a gooseneck to pull a trailer.

At Boyd Cars of Virginia, we point out the difference between payload and towing capacity before you buy.



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