Payload Capacity

Q: I am looking at purchasing a Ford pickup. How much can I haul with an F-150?

A: Traditionally, a Ford F-150 was considered a ½ ton pickup. The technical term, payload, is the weight of the passengers and cargo. The payload capacity varies depending on the engine, wheelbase, body type, and suspension system. Automotive manufacturers offer many options including “Heavy Duty Payload Packages”. Adding this option can increase the payload capacity 1000 pounds on some models. Go to to find more information about the specific truck you are researching.