How much weight can a car carry?

I’m planning a move soon, and I want to take some boxes in my car that I’m afraid may get lost. How much weight can a car carry safely?

Great question! And it’s a good thing you asked because the actual weight your vehicle can handle may be lower than you think. Smaller cars and sedans have a weight limit of 400-500 pounds.
Of course, this limit depends on the type and size of vehicle you have. Some higher-seating capacity vehicles will reach their limit if every seat is occupied. You can find the weight limit of your vehicle by referencing the tire pressure sticker in the driver’s door jam or your owner’s manual. Your weight and carrying capacity will be limited if your tires do not have enough air, since low pressure allows the tires to heat up quickly and could lead to tire failure.
Staying within the weight limit of your vehicle is not only safer but will also result in better fuel economy because your engine is under less strain and resistance to power the vehicle. Every 100 pounds of weight in your car will reduce its fuel economy by 1%.
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Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 10, 2021

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