Find Your Toyota Truck's Towing Capacity by VIN

Are you looking for your Toyota Truck or SUV's Towing Capacity? Well, we have you covered. 

We have included Towing Capacity terms to help you understand what everything means and some basic towing capacity information for your vehicle. 

We also have included a link to Toyota's VIN lookup for those wishing even more information for their vehicles.


Towing Capacity For Your Toyota Truck

Towing is the pulling of a weight behind a tow vehicle, usually on a “towing-on-the-ball” hitch trailer or other similar wheeled devices.  Here are a few towing terms that you should know before your next towing adventure.

  • Tongue Weight: Tongue weight is simply the downward force that the tongue of the trailer exerts on the hitch that is connected to the vehicle. It’s important to know since tongue weight can affect a vehicle's driving performance.  If the tongue weight is too high, your truck will sit low and can lift the back of your truck.  A good rule of thumb is to have a tongue weight of around 9-15% of your trailer’s gross weight.
  • Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR):  The gross axle weight rating (GAWR) is the maximum distributed weight that may be supported by an axle of a road vehicle. Typically, GAWR is followed by either the letters FR or RR, which indicate front or rear axles respectively.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle mass (GVM): Is the maximum weight of a loaded vehicle (vehicle + passengers + cargo).  The GVWR is provided explicitly by Toyota for their trucks.
  • Gross Trailer Weight (GTW): The gross trailer weight rating (GTWR) is the total mass of a road trailer that is loaded to capacity, including the weight of the trailer itself, plus fluids, and cargo, that a vehicle is rated to tow by the manufacturer.
  • Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): This measurement is a combination of Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) + Gross Trailer Weight (GTW).

Toyota Towing Capacities

  • 4Runner: The 2019 4Runner has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. and is SAE J2807 compliant. The 4Runner has a GVWR of 6,300 lbs and comes with an integrated towing hitch receiver and wiring harness with 4- and 7-pin connectors.
  • Highlander: The 2019 Highlander has a towing capacity of 1,500 – 5,000 lbs. depending on trim level. See the table below for a full list of trim levels and their corresponding towing
  • Land Cruiser: With a GVWR of 7,385 lbs., the 2019 Land Cruiser has a towing capacity of 8,100 lbs. and comes with an integrated towing hitch receiver and wiring harness with 4-/7-pin connectors.
  • RAV4: With many trim level options available, the 2019 RAV4 can haul up to 1,500 lbs and has a GVWR of 4,525 lbs.
  • Sequoia: The rugged 2019 Sequoia has a GCWR of 13,600 lbs. and can tow between 7,100 – 7,400 lbs depending on trim level. See the table below for a full list of trim levels.

Toyota Towing Capacity Table

Year Model Max Towing Capacity (lbs)
2019 4Runner 5000 lbs
2019 Highlander 1,500 to 5,000 lbs
2019 Land Cruiser 8,100 lbs
2019 RAV4 1,500 lbs
2019 Sienna 7,100 – 7,400 lbs

Important Toyota Towing Capacity Information

Note: When in doubt of actual towing capacity, check your owner's manual and/or ask your dealer.   

The Toyota towing capacity should also be located on the driver's side front door's Toyota manufacturer's ID tag.  There should be the acronym "GCWR" meaning Gross Combined Weight Rating.  The GCWR weight rating represents the maximum combined weight (Truck + Trailer).

Quick Tip: 
You can use a truck scale to measure a vehicle (loaded - passengers and luggage that will be traveling while towing).  The value will be the "GVW" Meaning Gross Vehicle Weight.  Subtracting (GCWR - 
GVW) will give you the maximum weight that can be towed.  

Find Toyota Truck’s Towing Capacity by VIN Number

The Toyota’s website contains a vehicle lookup by VIN number for those owners wishing to get more information pertaining to their Toyota vehicles.

Entering your VIN in the Toyota Owners vehicle specification page will bring up lots of information on your Toyota truck or SUV. This includes towing information such as Gross Axle Weight Rating (GCWR) and Max Towing Capacity numbers.

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