The average new car weighed 3,221 pounds in 1987 but 4,009 pounds in 2010.
Even small-size sedans have packed on the pounds, thanks to more-powerful—if more-efficient—engines, as well as features like nicer seats, more safety features, and more legroom.
We pay a hidden cost for our fat cars.
How do I know the weight of my car?
You can find the weight of your vehicle by looking in a few places, as the location varies.
- Check the “Tire and Loading Information” plate located inside the frame of the driver’s side door. Many manufacturers will stamp the weight of the vehicle on this plate.
- Lift your hood and locate the plate affixed to your engine.
What is the empty weight of my car?
The gross weight of a vehicle (GVW) is the weight of the empty vehicle plus the weight of the maximum payload that the vehicle was designed to carry. In cars and small light trucks, the difference between the empty weight of the vehicle and the GVW is not significantly different (1,000 to 1,500 lbs).
What is the heaviest passenger vehicle?
At 5,712 pounds, the heaviest American-produced car (excluding trucks and SUVs) is the 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible.
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