Find Your Totoyta 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

There are a few towing capacity terms you might want to familiarize yourself with before setting out on a towing adventure.

  • Tongue Weight: A vehicle’s tongue weight is described as the downward force applied to a hitch by the tongue of a trailer. 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):  Is the maximum weight that can be applied to the front or rear axles.  Toyota truck axles have specific GAWRs specifications.
  • 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): Is the maximum weight of a loaded trailer (trailer + cargo).  Using a Truck/Car scale is the easiest way to determine weight.
  • Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): This measurement is a combination of Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) + Gross Trailer Weight (GTW).

Toyota Towing Capacity

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

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.

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. 

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