Speaking of gear, payload capacities are often an overlooked spec. Being well under the payload capacity is vastly important for the safety and longevity of the vehicle.
This is my primary reason for seeking a beefier vehicle. I'm frequently above the limit of my Subaru Outback. Overloading a vehicle degrades suspension performance, making you more susceptible to roll over. And in crashes, it's far more dangerous because there's more inertia that can force objects through crumple zones. Also with overloaded vehicles, the transmission, brakes, suspension, and even the engine wear our faster.
As a weight benchmark for comparison, a common road trip configuration in my Outback:
5 people @ 150lbs....750 lbs Allie................42 lbs 10 gallons water.....83 lbs Firewood.............50 lbs Gear 75 lbs/person...375 lbs Total: 1300 lbs
Payload capacities: * Disclaimer payload capacities vary based on individual trims and equipment options. These are the advertised capacities I can find.
'19 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4x4..892 lbs '19 Tacoma Double Cab TRD 4x4..1175 lbs '12 Subaru Outback.............1196 lbs '19 4Runner 4x4 TRD............1550 lbs Our '19 Ford F150 Supercrew....1850 lbs '19 Ford F150 Supercrew Max....3270 lbs
I was overload the heck out of my outback. 😱😱😱😱😱
I was so disappointed and surprised that the Tacoma has an even lower payload capacity than my Outback. In my mind, the Tacoma is a less comfortable outback. The F150 far surpasses all other light truck and SUVs on the market.