Is There a Difference Between Maximum Payload and Towing Capacity?

If you are planning on hauling heavy cargo or pulling trailers with your vehicle, then you need to know the difference between the maximum payload and towing capacity. Even though these two specs might be somewhat similar, they won't ever be identical. Here is a closer look at how these two numbers are calculated and why they are so important.

Both the towing capacity and maximum payload of your vehicle should be clearly listed in your owner’s manual. The towing capacity refers to how much weight can be attached to the hitch while the maximum payload is the amount of weight that you can store inside the cabin and bed. You will most likely need to lighten your payload if you are towing at maximum capacity.

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