Pickup trucks are categorized into weight classes such as Class 1, which weighs up to 6,000 lbs. and Class 2, which weighs from 6,001 to 10,000 lbs., notes PickupTrucks.com. Light-duty pickup trucks fall into either the Class 1 or Class 2 categories.
Each of the major pickup truck manufacturers has its own way of classifying its trucks by weight. Ford, for example has its F-150, F-250 and F-350 trucks, which fall into the half-, three quarter- and one-ton range, respectively. Chevrolet classifies its trucks of the same respective sizes into 1500, 2500 and 3500 categories.
According to federal law, every truck must have a weight classification based on its gross vehicle weight rating, or its maximum allowable weight per vehicle. When making this classification, things such as engine size are considered, and a truck with a V6 engine does not have the same GVWR as a truck with a V8. To find a particular vehicle's GVWR, look at the sticker on the driver's side doorjamb.
The weight classes for pickup trucks are listed below, as noted by PickupTrucks.com.
- Class 1: up to 6,000 lbs.
- Class 2: 6,001 to 10,000 lbs.
- Class 3: 10,001 to 14,000 lbs.
- Class 4: 14,001 to 16,000 lbs.
- Class 5: 16,001 to 19,500 lbs.
- Class 6: 19,501 to 26,000 lbs.
- Class 7: 26,001 to 33,000 lbs.
- Class 8: Any truck weighing more than 33,000 lbs.