The average SUV weighs about 40% more than the average car. The average SUV weighs around 5000 pounds. The heaviest SUV in 2018 was Mercedes-Benz G Class with curb weight of 6.825 pounds (around 3.100 kg).
Some people would consider this question a silly one ? why is it even important to know the weight of your car? However, most people who have cars know that there are several variables, which can be affected by your car?s weight. Knowing them before you buy a new car is as important as when doing routine maintenance with your current one. Also, not many people know there are many different categories when discussing the weight of cars. We will focus on the SUV weight as they are currently the largest automotive segment in the world and they accounted for more than a third of all new cars that were sold in 2018. There is a rough estimation they will make up for 50% of US car sales by 2020.
Weight Affects Safety
It is a known fact that heavier cars tend to be safer for the driver and passengers if a collision happens. Also, it is riskier for another vehicle to be hit by a heavier car ? 1,000 pounds heavier car increases a chance of fatality probability by 47%. This percentage is even higher if another vehicle is a light truck like SUV. There is a growing opinion that SUVs are a much safer option compared to other cars. Midsize cars weigh between 3000 and 4000 Ib while a midsize SUV weighs between 3700 and 5000 Ibs, and a large one can go up to 7100 Ibs. The heavier the car the wider the difference between a light car accident and a car crash.