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2016 Chevrolet Express 2500 Towing Capacity

How much can a 2016 Chevrolet Express 2500 pull? Compare 5 trim levels.

What will it tow?

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2016 Chevrolet Express 2500 Trims
Towing capacity by engine

Choose a towing vehicle wisely. Make sure the engine has enough power, the gearbox is capable of withstanding heavy loads, and the axle ratio is optimal for hauling.

  • 6.6L V-8, 3.54 axle ratio, 260 hp, 525 lb/ft - 10,000 lbs
  • 4.8L V-8, 3.42 axle ratio, 285 hp, 295 lb/ft - 9,000 lbs

Work Van Rear-wheel Drive Cargo Van

Maximum Towing Capacity - 10000 lb

The maximum weight that Chevrolet Express 2500 is allowed to tow. The maximum trailer weights listed are only applicable for altitudes up to 3280 ft (1,000 m) above sea level. With increasing altitude the engine power and therefore the car's climbing ability are impaired because of the reduced air density, so the maximum trailer weight has to be reduced accordingly. The weight of the car and trailer must be reduced by 10% for every further 3280 ft (1,000 m) (or part thereof).

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - 8600 lb

It is the same for all trims.

This is the maximum amount of weight Chevrolet Express 2500 is rated to carry (engine, chassis, fluids, passengers, cargo, load - everything). It is often determined by the manufacturer and is indicated in the owner's manual or on the inside of the drive's door panel.

Curb Weight - 5331 lb

This is how much Chevrolet Express 2500 weighs sitting on the curb with no driver, passengers, no cargo and no load with all standard options.

Payload Capacity - 3269 lb

Payload is considered all the extra stuff you put inside your vehicle, whether it be passengers or a pile of rocks, that weight is all considered payload. You can increase it by:

  1. Upgrading the Rear Springs.
  2. Adding Coil-Over Shock Absorbers.
  3. Installing a Longer Truck Bed.
  4. Attaching a Trailer.
  5. Adding Bed Racks.

Horsepower - 285 hp

The higher the power of your engine, the more weight your car can pull.

Torque - 295 Lb-Ft

High torque is essential for towing because it allows you to pull the trailer at a lower RPM, reducing the strain on the engine.

Axle Ratio - 3.42

The higher the axle ratio, the more power your vehicle produces, and as a result, the more weight this car can tow.

Drive Type - rear-wheel

It is the same for all trims.

All-wheel or rear-wheel drive vehicles are best suited for towing, while front-wheel drive vehicles can haul much less weight.

Transmission - 6-spd auto w/OD

It is the same for all trims.

Do not overload your vehicle while towing, as this can cause the transmission to overheat and fail. If your transmission has "Towing mode" - be sure to turn it on.

Turbocharger - N/A

Turbocharged engines produce more power, so if you need a vehicle for towing, choose the one equipped with a turbo.

Wheelbase - 135

The longer your vehicle's wheelbase, the less likely the trailer you tow will push down on the rear axle and lift the front end.

Front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a front axle of your Chevrolet Express 2500.

Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) - no data

It is the maximum allowable weight that can be placed on a rear axle of your Chevrolet Express 2500.

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LS Rear-wheel Drive Passenger Van

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Trailers that Your Vehicle Can Tow



Inside the RV, you will find everything you need for a comfortable stay, even away from civilization.

Car Trailers

If you need to transport your car over a long distance - use a car trailer - this method is much safer and more reliable than towing with a rope.

Choose the car you want to haul:


Boat Trailers

If you need to transport a boat, make sure you choose the right size trailer.

Boat trailer

Typical Trailers

Whatever your needs, you can find a trailer that's perfect for you.

Boat trailer

What is a 2016 Chevrolet Express 2500 maximum towing capacity?

When preparing much-awaited trips outside, you will need to remember the 2016 Chevrolet Express 2500 towing capacity, that is the key feature for such adventure. The towing capacity is really the vehicle's maximum amount of weight that it can safely pull. This data can generally be seen on a sticker located within the driver's front door next to the door latch. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) will be the maximum operating weight (that includes freight and passengers) and should not be exceeded. Usually, the mass of a trailer being pulled is usually recommended to be kept within 10-15 % of the GVWR.

In this section, we provide the info about the towing capacity of the 2016 Chevrolet Express 2500 with all trims and generations. Please note that the maximum towing weight can vary greatly according to the braking system of what is being pulled. In case a trailer is equipped with its own brakes then it is "braked capacity". Otherwise, it is unbraked capacity. When buying the future RV, you have to remember that its weight and ranking is provided by the the trailer's manufacturer plus all of the additional payload you are likely to put in it should never surpass the 2016 Chevrolet Express 2500 towing capacity. Violating this important rule will have an effect on what you can do to control and stop just in time and will someday bring about permanent problems for your automobile or even lead to crashes on the roads.


Drivers must not exceed the Chevrolet Express 2500 towing capacity as it can have serious consequences such as interfering with your car's braking ability

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has developed the J2807 set of recommended practices. The tow test procedures designed by the big brains at the SAE consist of a series of rigorous real-world challenges to determine the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of a vehicle and trailer combination.