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In a recent video Publisher Tim Esterdahl explained GCWR, GVWR and tongue weight in this towing primer, and it’s gotten a lot of attention and positive feedback. So, it only made sense he would address the overwhelming number of comments about the new Tundra and the people who are concerned about the 2022 Toyota Tundra payload limits.

What is payload?

While Esterdahl goes into great detail here, what it breaks down to is anything in the truck. Yes, that includes your body, your passengers, drinks, phone, tool bag, golf clubs and jerry cans. Anything that did not come factory installed counts toward your payload.

The 2022 Toyota Tundra payload limit is approximately 1,300 pounds

So, where’s the problem? While this number seems pretty big, it can easily affect the number of passengers you can haul if you’ve also got heavy cargo in the bed. But the biggest issue is towing because your tongue weight actually deducts from your payload. This is what most people don’t understand, and it’s how a lot of owners end up overloading their trucks.

Is the Tundra’s payload actually any worse than the Ford F-150’s?

This is the big whine we’re hearing. Folks are saying the F-150’s payload is so much higher. But they’re forgetting each truck has a unique payload limit and it varies based on the appearance packages on the truck. Esterdahl and Managing Editor Jill Ciminillo recently did some groundwork at the Chicago Auto Show. They discovered in real life, the numbers aren’t all that different and it’s going to be pretty hard to find a Ford that beats the Toyota by more than a couple hundred pounds.

Watch the video below and let us know if you were surprised by these findings and what kinds of concerns you have about payload.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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  1. Maribeth September 12, 2022

    Does ‘cargo’ include full tank of fuel ?


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