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What does your curb weight say about towing capacity in your Mercedes-Benz?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Mercedes-Benz GLE on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 8:38 pm
2016 Mercedes-Benz SUV Towing Capacity

2016 Mercedes-Benz SUV Towing Capacities

For many, one of the most important numbers to look at when buying a new Mercedes-Benz SUV is towing capacity. If you are going to be pulling a boat or a trailer of any kind, it is important you know how much you need and how much is available before making an investment. Here is a complete list of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz towing capacities. If any are left blank, it is because we are still waiting for Mercedes-Benz to release the numbers and we will update them once the information is available.

Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)

Gross vehicle weight is refers to the amount a vehicle will weigh at its maximum capacity. To estimate this, you can add the curb weight to the payload. Although this is not 100% accurate, it is enough to get a good idea.

2016 GLA


Curb Weight


3,296 lbs.


3,428 lbs.


3,457 lbs.

2016 GLC

Curb Weight


Towing Capaciy


3,891 lbs. 1,467 lbs. 3,500 lbs.


4,091 lbs. 1,467 lbs. 3,500 lbs.

2016 GLE

Curb Weight


Towing Capacity


6,600 lbs.


6,600 lbs.


7,200 lbs.


7,200 lbs.


7,200 lbs.


7,200 lbs.

2016 GL-Class

Curb Weight


Towing Capacity

GL350 BlueTEC

5,467 lbs. 7,500 lbs.


5,371 lbs. 7,500 lbs.


5,578 lbs. 7,500 lbs.


5,757 lbs. 7,500 lbs.

2016 G-Class

Curb Weight


Towing Capacity


5,820 lbs. 7,000 lbs.


5,833 lbs. 7,000 lbs.


5,913 lbs. 7,000 lbs.

Does horsepower influence towing capacity?

Horsepower is a good indication of a car’s 0-60 or top speed performance, but it has virtually no effect on how much a vehicle can pull. Curb weight has more of an influence, but most of it depends on vehicle size, strength of frame, and overall balance of the vehicle. This is why the G-Class is beat by the newly designed GLE.
Mercedes-Benz SUV Curb Weights

Mercedes-Benz With Highest Towing Capacity

The most you can pull with a Mercedes-Benz passenger SUV is 7,500 with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV. Regardless of which trim you decide on, the towing capacity will not change. What is interesting though is the curb weight. They differ between each model and trim, but how do they get them so close? It must be a rigorous progress trying to make each trim handle the same on the open road with different parts in each one. If you have any questions about Mercedes-Benz SUV towing capacities, let us know in the comments.

22 Responses to “What does your curb weight say about towing capacity in your Mercedes-Benz?”

  1. Mike says:

    How much can you tow with an E63 wagon? In Europe, I’ve seen them pulling trailers, but can’t find any info here.

  2. Dinu Cretu says:

    Hello Mike,

    Unfortunately in the US Mercedes-Benz doesn’t offer towing capabilities on passenger cars ( trailer hitch option not available on CLA,GLA,C-Class, E-Class, CLS-Class or S-Class. Only vehicles to come with trailer hitches are the GLC, GLE, GLS and G-Wagon).

    Thank you,

    Dinu Cretu
    Internet Sales Manager
    Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale

  3. Charles Thompson says:

    I am planning on purchasing a new GLA. I see curb weight on this site but I don’t see towing capacity. What is the towing capacity of the three GLA models?

    • blogsadmin says:

      Unfortunately, the GLA is not available in the United States with a tow package, but in other countries, the optional towing package allows the GLA to pull up to 3,500 pounds.

  4. jennifer chung says:

    I’ve read that there are differences in class 3 trailer hitches as far as how much one can tow. For how much towing weight is the hitch installed on the GLE350 4 matic rated to tow?

  5. John Q. Powers says:

    Critical components are trailer brakes and transmission. Brakes are required if trailer exceeds 50% of weight of tow vehicle but you ought to have them anyway to avoid jackknifing in a wet panic stop. Transmissions die when overheated, tranny fluids get thin, clutch pressures drop, friction surfaces glaze and the death spiral ensues. I’ve been towing 4,000 #s with my ’99 ML over the passes since I bought it new 275,000 miles ago. I put a temp sensor down the dipstick hole and an override switch on the AC compressor fans. When my own dash gauge says it’s getting hot, I downshift, open the windows, turn off the AC, and turn on the compressor fans. I’ve seen a tranny temp fault code but never any detritus in the tranny pan when I change the filter. Obviously, you’re better off with a tranny built to cope with a bigger vehicle. My mechanic says I don’t need a gauge as a MB tranny will protect itself by going into “limp home” but towing in that mode doesn’t sound attractive.

    • James Freudenburg says:

      I’m interested in your situation. We are told it is “impossible” to wire an electronic trailer brake control to my daughter’s GL550 but I infer that you have gotten this done somewhere. Could you give us details? Thanks! Jim

  6. Jim says:

    Can you tell me if you have air bags on your Mercedes? I have a 2012 ML350 4Matic and it pulls just fine but has issues with the tongue weight bottoming out the suspension. Any tips on how to get this more level? Thanks!

  7. Mark D Forte says:

    Does the GLE COUPE come with an optional trailer hitch and if so what is its towing capacity?

  8. alex says:

    Can you please tell me what the towing capacity of the GLE Coupe is? And if it differs between specs (AMG/Non-AMG).


    • Jan Nasser says:

      Is the GLE 350 4 MATIC Mercedes Benz safe to pull a horse trailer with two horses in it? Is this vehicle considered a small or medium size suv.

  9. James Freudenburg says:

    I am fascinated that, although my daughter’s GL550 is rated to tow 7,500 pounds, she is told it is NOT POSSIBLE to wire a trailer brake controller to it. Something to do with the electronics being complicated. It is not legal, in Colorado at least, to tow over 3,500 pounds without brakes on the trailer. I am flabbergasted that my GMC pickup and Toyota Tundra come with brake controllers standard! There “must” be some way to fit this GL550 with a brake controller! Or do we need to ship it back to Germany for that?

  10. John Murray-Wilcox says:

    Can anyone tell me the towing capacity of a 2006 MI320 CDI Auto please

  11. Edwardio says:

    I am thinking about using my AMG 63 ML to tow a caravan !!!! I am not that comfortable about this. The options are , sell the AMG to purchase a Diesel 200 series Toyota Land Cruiser to do the around Australia trip. Any thoughts?

  12. I really do not know too many people that buy a Mercedes and are worried about its ability to tow a trailer. a couple kids and some luggage are all I really see being hauled around.

    • Jan says:

      My husband and I definitely interested in the towing capacity because we are looking for a vehicle that is capable of hauling a large horse to the vet in an emergency.

  13. steve leth says:

    Safe Towing is about weight distribution. Currently have 2014 ML 350 4matic with class III tow package . I tow a 3500 lb 23 foot boat/trailer on a 2 inch ball. Tongue weight around 350 lbs. No issues but rear end suspension will drop (since you always have stuff in cargo area as well that adds to tongue weight) and highway speed is limited to 70 mph before you get sway . However, I also have a 5900 lb dry weight Rv trailer ( 2018 Grand Design 2500 RL) and added a weight distribution / sway bar set up. Very comfortable at highway speed of 60 mph in traffic and 65 open road. Note the trailer tandem set up with 75 mph tire rating and quality of build helps the towing performance . The RV suspension dealer used a electronic blue tooth brake system (no hard wiring) which you can adjust the brakes of trailer electronically. You can also transfer the system to your next vehicle ( hard wiring is vehicle specific) . Electronic brakes are easy to dial in and balance trailer with ml 350. Technician owns a dually Ford 2500 and could not believe how easy driving the Mercedes was with the RV. He literally drove it for about 15 minutes test drive because he was skeptical a V6 could handle the set up. Then he simply said , amazing a luxury car can also be utilitarian in so many ways. So far my towing the RV has been within 3 hours of destination. I get avg 10 mpg highway ( a little better in normal city lower speeds) . You must have a WDS and sway bar set up for higher towing from my experience .

  14. Jessie says:

    I really appreciate this article this very detailed all my question are answered

  15. Ive been towing 2 horses in my Danish Brenderup for 10 years….its really quite wonderful…a light tongue weight and independent suspension on that trailer and i have a diesel ML320 cdi with 400 lbs torgque

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  17. j r says:

    Contact MB of Lancaster PA. They have a way to install electrical braking on MBs that others will not touch (including Sun Motors MB, Mechanicsburg PA.

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