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It is no secret that cars, trucks, and SUVs have increased in size, especially in the last few years. These sport utility vehicles from popular brands like Ford, Jeep, and Toyota can carry many passengers and plenty of cargo, but that does come at a heavier weight. How heavy is an SUV? Though the weight of any vehicle will vary, some average SUV weights are listed below.

How heavy an SUV is depends on the type of vehicle

SUVs come in all sorts of sizes these days, from subcompact options on the smaller side all the way up to large and full-size vehicles that have room for nine passengers. J.D. Power says that some features of a sport utility vehicle include a shared platform with light-duty pickup trucks, body-on-frame construction, and off-road capability.

While SUVs are popular for families and comfort, these vehicles were primarily made to handle off-road terrain. That might mean decreased fuel economy and other negatives, but SUVs have a lot more to offer than a sedan in many cases. There aren’t many other options besides an SUV for drivers who need to seat seven passengers or more regularly.

There are a few different types of SUVs, and this helps determine how much it might weigh. These are:

  • Subcompact (mini, extra-small)
  • Compact
  • Midsize
  • Full-size
  • Extended length (XL)

How much does a midsize SUV weigh?

Manufacturers are not necessarily held to any weight restrictions when building SUVs. There are restrictions on vehicles for commercial use, but the general weights of different sport utility vehicle sizes are below. Midsize SUVs are one of the most popular types on the market and generally weigh around 5,000 pounds.

SUV typeTypical minimum weightTypical maximum weight
Subcompact2,000+ pounds
Compact 3,000 pounds3,500 pounds
Midsize3,500 pounds6,000 pounds
Full-size5,300 pounds6,000 pounds
Extended-length5,400 pounds6,000 pounds

The SUV weights above are just a general guideline, as each vehicle varies greatly. Even things like tires and a full tank of gas can change the weight of a vehicle.

Honda HR-VKia SportageHyundai Santa FeCadillac EscaladeChevrolet Suburban
Nissan KicksToyota RAV4Kia TellurideToyota Land CruiserLincoln Navigator
Jeep RenegadeHonda CR-VJeep WranglerChevrolet TahoeGMC Yukon XL

Typically, most SUVs you come across will be under 6,000 pounds. Vehicles over 6,000 pounds are sometimes restricted from driving on certain roadways.

Sport utility vehicles are built to last

A Jeep Wrangler SUV is not as heavy as others, under 5,000 pounds
A 2013 Jeep Wrangler | Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

Most SUVs on the road are going to weigh between 2,000 and 6,000 pounds. The average midsize SUV will clock in around 5,000 pounds. Since these automobiles are built to last a long time, many SUVs can go 200,000 miles or more.

The Toyota Sequoia is a durable SUV aiming to go 300,000 miles or more. iSeeCars looked at cars, trucks, and SUVs sold for at least 10 out of the last 20 years. Over the previous two decades, one percent of vehicles on the road had between 230,000 and 297,000 miles on the odometer. One percent of Toyota Sequoia SUVs have 296,509 miles on the odometer.

Unsurprisingly, the Toyota Land Cruiser is the second vehicle on the list providing the most significant potential lifespan of 280,236 miles or more. Toyota built the SUV to be essentially indestructible and made for heavy use in terrains that other vehicles couldn’t traverse. The Chevrolet Suburban follows these with a potential lifespan of 265,732 miles or more.


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