If you’re like most people, the weight of your car is probably something you rarely think about

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However, knowing the weight of your car can be very beneficial if you are about to tow it or drive over a weak bridge

Weighing the car can also help you make decisions about modifications and other changes

### But how much does your car really weigh?

### And what factors influence the weight of a car?

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the average car weight by make and model, and discuss some of the reasons why you might find different weights in your car’s specs

We’ll also see where you can find the weight of your car without weighing it on a scale

## How much does a car weigh?

## How much does a car weigh?

The average car weighs 4,094 pounds, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency

The average small car (eg Nissan Micra) weighs 2600 lbs, while the average large car (eg Audi A8) weighs 4400 lbs

Average car weight has generally come down over time, although newer models have a larger average size

One of the reasons cars weigh less now than they did a few decades ago is that newer car models are designed to be as light as possible

The lighter weight reduces the amount of force required to stop and start, improving safety and handling

## Weights by type of car:

## Weights by type of car:

Cars come in different sizes and shapes

Even though cars are built with different materials and in different ways, they tend to have an average weight in the same type range

### Here are some of the average weights for the most common types of cars on the market:

Weight by car model

Weight by car model

To be even more specific about average car weight by car model and not just car type, here is a list of average car weights for some popular car models

The weight of these car models may vary depending on the model year, engine type and accessories installed on the car

Car model YearsWeight (kg)Pws (lbs)Ford Mustang15-1917003700 Honda Accord94-9712952854 Honda Civic96-0011432519 Toyota Camry90-9412602770 Toyota Corolla201913012807013012018067013010201806000100000 0000000000000000000000000000000000000 e87-0215233357 Jeep Grand Cherokee93-1523005100 Jeep Wrangler17-1817703900 Ford Explorer18-22154900 Mercedes Benz E-class16- 1817233800 Honda CR-V18-15233358 Mercedes Benz C-class15-1815503417 Nissan Altima12-1814303153 Chevrolet Malibu15-1815263366 Chevrolet Silverado14-1822004000000000000000000000 Toyota -062600580 0 Chevrolet Tahoe92-0020004500 Toyota Highlander13-1820454508 Subaru Outback18-16503642 Mercedes Benz GLC-class15-1817903950 Ford Fusion13 -1815543427 Toyota Tacoma95-0414513200

Different types of car weights

Different types of car weights

If you look at your car’s weight specs in your owner’s manual or search by VIN, you may notice that you’ll see a lot of different weights, so which one should you be looking at and what do all those different weights mean?

### Here are the most common types of weight and a brief explanation of each:

Curb weight: the weight without the driver, passengers or any cargo

Gross weight: The weight of a car with maximum load and the driver and all passengers

Combined Gross Weight – This is a unit to consider if you have a trailer

The weight of both the trailer and the car together

Payload: The weight of the car, cargo, passengers (gross weight), plus anything you’re towing behind the car

Gross Weight Rating: The maximum total weight your car can carry with driver, passengers and cargo

Gross Axle Weight – The weight load on each axle of the car

Maximum Cargo Trailer Weight: Very similar to combined gross rate

But that also includes the weight of a fully loaded trailer

Gross Axle Weight Rating: The maximum weight a car axle can support

RELATED: Average Car Length – List of Car Lengths

### Where can I find the exact weight of my car?

### Where can I find the exact weight of my car?

So, if you can’t find your car model in the list above, there are some even better methods to find it without weighing it on a scale

Here are some simple ways to find your car’s weight quickly with accurate results

## 1 VIN decoder

## 1 VIN decoder

The easiest and fastest way to find your car’s weight is probably using a decoder or VIN lookup

VIN decoders can be found as paid or free versions

We have a free VIN decoder here at Mechanicbase and you can use it as many times as you like

The VIN code is located in several locations on your car

On many car models, there is also a VIN sticker around the area where the car door lock closes

The owner’s manual you received when you bought your car is another good place to find your car’s weight

The owner’s manual is often found in the glove box, so if you still have your car’s manual, look in it to find your car’s weight

Finding the weight of your car on Wikipedia is also an easy option as most car models are listed with the specs

But the disadvantage of this method is that cars are available in so many different types with different engines and other accessories, so you may not find the right result

However, if you don’t need to find the exact weight, but just need to get a rough idea of the weight, it can be a good choice

There is a sticker with VIN and other different specifications such as tire pressure, tire size and car weight on almost every car model

This sticker can often be found on the car body behind the driver’s door

Open the driver’s door and check for a tag near the center lock bracket

If you have your registration number or VIN, you can call your authorized dealer and ask them if they can find any specifications for your particular car model

Of course, the best way to get the exact weight of the car is to weigh it on a scale

But finding a scale big enough to weigh a car is probably easier said than done

If you really want to weigh your car on a scale, you can often find them at junkyards and car inspection sites

Weighing the car on a scale may be necessary if you have installed many heavy accessories in the car, such as a large sound system or dog cages

## What is the lightest car?

## What is the lightest car?

The weight of this small car is 2018 pounds or 917 kg

There are lighter cars out there, but not if you’re looking for a new purchase fresh from the factory

The Ford F450 Super Duty Crew Cab is the heaviest car you can buy if you’re looking for a modern car in the US market

This Ford weighs 8600 lbs or 3900 kg

### What is the average car weight in kg (kilogram)?

### What is the average car weight in kg (kilogram)?

The average weight of a car in kg is 1857 kg

The average weight of a small car (eg Nissan Micra) in kg is 1200 kg and the average weight of a large car (eg Audi A8) in kg is 2000 kg