2002 Tow Ratings

For SUV's and Light Trucks

(From various sources)


Make/Model              Engine Size     Tow Limit
Acura  
MDX                     V6 (3.5L)       4500
RL                      V6 (3.5L)       2000

AM General
Hummer                  Diesel (6.5L)   8510
Hummer (Turbo)          Diesel (6.5L)   8440

Buick
Rendezvous              V6 (3.4L)       3500

BWM
x5                      V8 (4.6L)       6000
X5                      I6 (3.0L)       6000

Cadilac
Escalade (AWD)          V8 (6.0L)       8200

Chevrolet/GMC
Astro/Safari            V6 (4.3L)       5800
Astro/Safari (AWD)      V6 (4.3L)       5100
Blazer/Jimmy (2WD)      V6 (4.3L)       5500
Express/Savanah G1500   V6 (4.3L)       5200
Express/Savanah G1500   V8 (5.0L)       5600
Express/Savanah G1500   V8 (5.7L)       6100
Express/Savanah G2500   V8 (5.0L)       5400
Express/Savanah G2500   V8 (5.7L)       7900
Express/Savanah G3500   V8 (5.7L)       7900
Suburban 1/2 ton        V8 (5300)  2WD  7400  4x4  7500 (3.73 Gear)
Suburban 1/2 ton        V8 (5300)  2WD  8400  4x4  8100 (4.10 Gear)
Suburban 3/4 ton        V8 (6000)  2WD  7800  4x4  7500 (3.73 Gear)
Suburban 3/4 ton        V8 (6000)  2WD  9800  4x4  9500 (4.10 Gear)
Suburban 3/4 ton        V8 (8100)  2WD 10500  4x4 10100 (3.73 Gear)
Suburban 3/4 ton        V8 (8100)  2WD 12000  4x4 12000 (4.10 Gear)
K1500 (4x4)             V8 (4.8L)       8000
S-Series/Sonoma         V6 (4.3L)       6000
Silverado/Sierra 1500   V6 (4.3L)       5200

Chrysler
Town & Country          V6 (3.3L)       3800
Town & Country          V6 (3.8L)       3800

Dodge
Caravan                 V6 (3.3L)       3800
Caravan                 V6 (3.8L)       3500
Dakota                  I4 (2.5L)       2200
Dakota                  V6 (3.9L)       5400
Dakota                  V8 (4.7L)       6650
Dakota (Club Cab)       V6 (3.9L)       5150
Dakota (Club Cab)       V8 (4.7L)       6450
Dakota (4x4)            V6 (3.9L)       5100
Dakota (4x4)            V8 (4.7L)       6400
Dakota (4x4 Club Cab)   V6 (3.9L)       4900
Dakota (4x4 Club Cab)   V8 (4.7L)       6150
Dakota (Quad Cab)       V8 (4.7L)       4800
Dakota (Quad Cab)       V8 (5.9L)       
Durango (4x4)           V8 (4.7L)       6150
Durango (4x4)           V8 (5.2L)       7700
Ram 1500 (all cabs)     V8 (4.7L)       7400
Ram 1500 (all cabs)     V8 (5.9L)       8350
Ram 2500                V8
Ram 3500                V8
Ram 3500 (dually)       V8
Ram 3500 (dually)       V10
Ram Wagon B1500         V6 (3.9L)       4050
Ram Wagon B2500         V8 (5.2L)       7700

Ford
E150 Van                V6 (4.2L)       5000
E150 Van                V8 (4.6L)       6400
E150 Van                V8 (5.4L)       6800
Expedition              V8 (5.4L)       8200
Expedition (4x4)        V8 (4.6L)       6000
Expedition (4x4)        V8 (5.4L)       7900
Explorer                V6 (4.0L)       5940
Explorer (4x4)          V6 (4.0L)       5500
Explorer                V8
F150                    V6 (4.2L)       3500
F150                    V8 (4.6L)       3500
F250                    V8              8800
F350                    V8              9900
F350 (dually)           V8
F350 (dually)           V10
Ranger                  I4 (2.3L)       2240
Ranger                  V6 (4.0L)       3560
Ranger (4x4)            V6 (3.6L)       2360
Windstar                V6 (3.8L)       3500

Honda
Passport                V6 (3.2L)       4500
Odyssey                 V6 (3.5L)       3500

Hyundai
Santa Fe                V6 (2.7L)       2700
Santa Fe (4x4)          V6 (2.7L)       2200

Isuzu
Rodeo                   I4 (2.2L)       2500
Rodeo Sport             I4 (2.6L)       2500
Rodeo                   V6 (3.2L)       4500
Trooper                 V6 (3.5L)       5000
Axiom                   V6 (3.5L)       4500

Jeep
Grand Cherokee          I6 (4.0L)       5000
Grand Cherokee          V8 (4.7L)       6500
Liberty                 I4 (2.4L)       2000
Liberty                 V6 (3.7L)       5000
Wrangler                I6 (4.0L)       2000

Kia
Sportage                I4 (2.0L)       2000

Land Rover
Discovery               All Engines     5500
Range Rover             All Engines     6500

Lexus
RX300                   V6 (3.0L)       3500
LX470                   V8 (4.7L)       6500

Lincoln
Blackwood               V8 (5.4L)       8700
Navigator               V8 (5.4L)       8800

Mazda
B3000                   V6 (3.0L)       4000
B3000 (4x4)             V6 (3.0L)       4360
B4000                   V6 (4.0L)       5900
B4000 (4x4)             V6 (4.0L)       5700
Tribute                 V6 (3.0L)       3500

Mercedes
G-500                   V8 (5.0L)       7000
ML-320                  V6 (3.2L)       5000
ML-430                  V8 (4.3L)       5000
ML-55AMG                V8 (5.5L)       5000

Mercury
Mountaineer             V6 (4.0L)       5460
Mountaineer             V6 (4.6L)       7300
Villager                V6 (3.3L)       3500

Mitsubishi
Montero Limited XLS     V6 (3.5L)       5500
Montero Sport (ES & LS) V6 (3.0L)       5000
Montero Sport XLS & Lmt)V6 (3.5L)       5000

Nissan
Frontier                I4 (2.4L)       3500
Frontier                V6 (3._L)       5000
Pathfinder              V6 (3.5L)       5000
Quest                   V6 (3.3L)       3500
X-terra                 V6 (3.3L)       5000

Oldsmobile
Bravada                 I6 (4.2L)       6300
Silhouete               V6 (3.4L)       3500

Pontiac
Aztec                   V6 (3.4L)       3500
Montana                 V6 (3.4L)       3500

Subaru
Forester                I4 (2.5L)       2000
Legacy                  I4 (2.5L)       2000
Outback                 I4 (2.5L)       2000

Toyota
4 Runner                V6 (3.4L)       5000
Land Cruiser            V8 (4.7L)       6500
Sienna                  V6 (3.0L)       3500
Tacoma                  V6 (3.4L)       5000
Tundra                  V8 (4.7L)       7200






Terminology is important!

Just knowing your tow rating isn't enough

By Cliff Maurand

There is more to than just knowing what the tow rating for a particular vehicle is. For instance, the tow ratings on the left list the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) for those vehicles. This is total allowable weight the towed vehicle can weigh, including all options, equipment and supplies. There may other limitations that we have not covered, such as total of both vehicles. The list provides only tow ratings that are specified by the manufacturer of the particular vehicles.

Also, use of such devices as Weight Distributing Hitch (WDH) does not alter the specified weight of either the tow or towed vehicles in any way. It does alter the tongue/hitch weight, by distributing that weight back down the frame of both tow vehicle and trailer.

Below is a quick glossary of tow rating terminology. It is up to you to know what you're towing, and whether or not you're within the proper and legal specifications. Be careful, some sales rep's will tell you that what ever you're driving can tow just about anything. Do your homework, and check everything carefully.

One last item, use the 75% rule. While there is no law or mandate that you follow this, it is a good rule of thumb to never exceed 75% of the tow vehicles weight limit when determining how much trailer you can pull. This gives you a little room to stretch, as well a margin for error. The last thing you want to do is max the load on you're tow vehicle. And if yours didn't come equipped with a factory tow package, check with you're dealer for additional information on what will be required before towing. Items such as transmission coolers for Automatics are going to be required.

Towing laws vary by state also, and what may be legal in one state, is not in another. Some states do allow passengers to travel in a trailer, but most of them do not! Towing a second trailer behind the first one is allowed in a few states too, but not in most. Some states require the use of special tow mirrors, but most do not regulate this.

Below is a quick guide to tow rating terminology...

GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) This is the total maximum allowable weight of the fully loaded trailer, and is not to be exceeded. This includes the unit's base weight, all cargo, all fluids, and all optional equipment. In a word, EVERYTHING! If you do not know what this weight limit of your trailer is, it's easy to find. All trailers in the U.S. have a "Safety Compliance Label" located on the left front exterior of the trailer, either on the frame or the side of the unit itself.

Base Unit Dry Weight This is the actual weight of the trailer, before adding any equipment, cargo, or fluids. This is the empty weight of the unit itself. It is comprised of combining the axle weight and the tongue/hitch weight.

Axle Weight This is the percentage of the trailers dry weight that is supported by the axle, wheels, and tires.

Tongue/Hitch Weight This is the percentage of the trailers dry weight that is supported at the tongue on the tow vehicle's trailer hitch.





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