Subaru Forester: Consumer information and reporting safety defects / Vehicle load limit – how to determine

The load capacity of your vehicle is determined by weight, not by available cargo space. The load limit of your vehicle is shown on the vehicle placard attached to the driver’s side door pillar. Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs” on your vehicle’s placard.

The vehicle placard also shows seating capacity of your vehicle. The total load capacity includes the total weight of driver and all passengers and their belongings, any cargo, any optional equipment such as a trailer hitch, roof rack or bike carrier, etc., and the tongue load of a trailer. Therefore cargo capacity can be calculated by the following method.

Cargo capacity = Load limit − (total weight of occupants + total weight of optional equipment + tongue load of a trailer (if applicable))

For information about vehicle loading, refer to “Loading your vehicle”.

Calculating total and load capacities varying seating configurations

Calculate the available load capacity as shown in the following examples:

Example 1A

Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

Vehicle capacity weight of the vehicle is 900 lbs (408 kg), which is indicated on the vehicle placard with the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 900 lbs or 408 kg”.

For example, if the vehicle has one occupant weighing 154 lbs (70 kg) plus cargo weighing 662 lbs (300 kg).

  1. Calculate the total weight.

    Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

  2. Calculate the available load capacity by subtracting the total weight from the vehicle capacity weight of 900 lbs (408 kg).

    Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

  3. The result of step 2 shows that a further 84 lbs (38 kg) of cargo can be carried.

Example 1B

Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

For example, if a person weighing 176 lbs (80 kg) now enters the same vehicle (bringing the number of occupants to two), the calculations are as follows.

  1. Calculate the total weight.

    Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

  2. Calculate the available load capacity.

    Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

  3. The total weight now exceeds the capacity weight by 92 lbs (42 kg), so the cargo weight must be reduced by 92 lbs (42 kg) or more.

Example 2A

Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

Vehicle capacity weight of the vehicle is 900 lbs (408 kg), which is indicated on the vehicle placard with the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 408 kg or 900 lbs”.

For example, the vehicle has one occupant weighing 165 lbs (75 kg) plus cargo weighing 375 lbs (170 kg). In addition, the vehicle is fitted with a trailer hitch weighing 22 lbs (10 kg), to which is attached a trailer weighing 1,764 lbs (800 kg). 10% of the trailer weight is applied to the trailer tongue (i.e. Tongue load = 176 lbs (80 kg)).

  1. Calculate the total weight.

    Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

  2. Calculate the available load capacity.

    Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

  3. The result of step 2 shows that a further 162 lbs (73 kg) of cargo can be carried.

Example 2B

Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

For example, if a person weighing 143 lbs (65 kg) and a child weighing 40 lbs (18 kg) now enter the same vehicle (bringing the number of occupants to three), and a child restraint system weighing 11 lbs (5 kg) is installed in the vehicle for the child to use, the calculations are as follows.

  1. Calculate the total weight.

    Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

  2. Calculate the available load capacity.

    Subaru Forester. Vehicle load limit – how to determine

  3. The total weight now exceeds the capacity weight by 32 lbs (15 kg), so the cargo weight must be reduced by 32 lbs (15 kg) or more.

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