How much weight can I put in the back of a 2010 Highlander SE?

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Old 19 Mar 2014, 08:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default How much weight can I put in the back of a 2010 Highlander SE?

Is 1800 pounds of tile too much?































Our Highlander has the towing package.































Occupant weight is around 350 pounds.































We would be driving a distance of 72 miles.















According to the manual from toyota.com the vehicle capacity weight















(Occupant + luggage) is 1200 pounds. I am assuming this is purposely low to error on the side of safety/caution.
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Old 19 Mar 2014, 08:24 pm   #2 (permalink)
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To be sure look at the Vehicle loading label on the center pillar.































I looked at the label on 2010 Highlander without towing package it has a load limit of 1200 pounds.
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Old 19 Mar 2014, 08:39 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Psh do it! Put your tires at max psi. Don't drive wildly. I drove over a mountain pass with over 2000 lbs of wood pellets in my 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Like 200 total miles. Slow and steady (meaning the posted speed limit). Its got old cheap shocks and factory coils. You'll be golden in a newer Toyota.
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Old 19 Mar 2014, 08:54 pm   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think I would do it. That's a lot of rear-biased weight. It would definitely affect the handling and increase suspension wear. That's like putting a moderately large overhead truck camper onto the back. The Highlander is a mid-size, unibody platform similar to the Camry and isn't designed for that kind of use. That's an awfully nice vehicle to be abusing like that.































I recommend carrying most of the weight in a trailer instead. Rental chains like U-haul affordably rent utility and enclosed cargo trailers by the day.
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