What Does GVWR Mean?

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If you’ve been searching through our new truck inventory, you may have noticed the “Gross Vehicle Weight Rating” listed on the specs sheet. So, what is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and why is it so important for South Phoenix drivers? In this guide, Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram will walk you through the GVWR meaning and legal importance, so you can drive with total peace of mind.

GVWR Meaning and Regulations

So, what is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating? The GVWR is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or the most weight that your vehicle can safely handle. In the past, you may have seen “Gross Axle Weight Ratings” or GAWR, but the modern gross vehicle weight rating is more precise. What does GVWR mean for you on the Glendale roads?

  • Vehicles Over 6,000 Pounds GVWR: These vehicles are not allowed on every road, so be sure to do your research on your area’s regulations.
  • Vehicles Over 8,500 Pounds GVWR: Since 1980, vehicles of this size and weight have had to carry public liability coverage.
  • Vehicles Between 8,500-26,000 Pounds GVWR: Many vehicles with this GVWR require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate, or a non-commercial Class A or B license (e.g. large passenger vans and trucks that carry hazardous materials.)
  • Vehicles Over 26,00 GVWR: Vehicles of this size and weight generally require a CDL or a Class A/B driver’s license to legally operate.

GVWR for Jeep and RAM Vehicles

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating can also help you differentiate between light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles while you shop for your next commercial or consumer truck. Here are some of the GVWR ratings for popular models in Laveen:

  • GVWR Between 6,000-10,000 Pounds (Light-Duty): This popular segment includes models like the RAM 1500 on the lighter side and the 2500 on the heavier side. The Jeep Gladiator pickup also can get up to this category with the right equipment.
  • GVWR Between 10,001-26,000 Pounds (Medium-Duty): Within the RAM lineup, the robust RAM 3500 has a GVWR in this range.
  • GVWR Between 26,001-33,000 Pounds (Heavy Duty): Heavy-duty options include some RAM Chassis Cab models, as well as many commercial trucks like sleeper cabs, dump trucks, and more.

Find Your Next Vehicle at Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram

Now you know what gross vehicle weight rating is, but what GVWR is right for you? Contact us at Bill Luke Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram with any questions about our inventory or visit our dealership in Phoenix to get up close with the latest models. We’d love to take you on a test drive, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

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