Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

A gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the estimated total weight of a road vehicle that is loaded to capacity, including the weight of the vehicle itself plus fuel, passengers, cargo, and other miscellaneous items such as extra aftermarket parts. In the United States, two important GVWR numbers are 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) and 8,500 pounds (3,856 kg). Vehicles over 6,000 pounds are restricted from many city roadways (though there is some dispute about whether this restriction is for actual weight or GVWR). Vehicles over 8,500 pounds do not have to display EPA estimated fuel mileage or a Monroney sticker, nor are they subject to state emissions testing.