ram 3500 vs 4500 truck

What’s The Difference Between RAM 3500 and 4500 Trucks?

RAM builds a range of highly capable trucks fit for both personal and commercial use. The RAM 3500 and 4500 are two popular models from the brand, each offering some slightly different features for drivers. 

Both trucks come in chassis cab configurations, while the 3500 is also available as a heavy-duty pickup. For the purposes of this comparison, we’ll look at the specs of the 3500 pickup (Regular Cab) and Chassis Cab configurations against the 4500, each with their base configuration of the Tradesman trim level.

RAM 3500 vs. 4500: What are the Key Differences?

Deciding between the RAM 3500 and 4500 can be a challenge because they appear very similar on the surface. However, there are some key differences that can help you determine which one might be better for your work needs.


The RAM 3500 and 4500 each come with a standard 6.4L V8 Heavy Duty HEMI MDS engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission, but there are several other notable differences between them:

RAM 3500 Regular Cab

  • GVWR: 10,700 lbs.
    • Payload: 4,640 lbs.
    • Towing capacity: 14,970 lbs.
  • Axle ratio: 3.73 
    • Drive type: Rear-wheel
    • Horsepower: 410
  • Fuel tank capacity: 32 gallons
  • Wheels: 18-inch steel wheels
  • Tires: LT275/70R18E BSW All-Season Tires
  • Sound: Uconnect® 3 with 5-Inch Display w/ 4 speakers

RAM 3500 Chassis Cab

  • GVWR: 10,700 lbs.
    • Payload: 4,930 lbs.
    • Towing capacity: 16,080 lbs.
  • Axle ratio: 4.10 
    • Drive type: Rear-wheel
    • Horsepower: 410
  • Fuel tank capacity: 52 gallons
  • Wheels: 18-inch steel wheels
  • Tires: LT275/70R18E BSW On/Off Road Tires
  • Sound: Uconnect® 3.0 w/ 4 speakers

RAM 4500 Chassis Cab

  • GVWR: 16,500 lbs.
    • Payload: 9,690 lbs.
    • Towing capacity: 19,040 lbs.
    • Axle ratio: 4.44 
    • Drive type: Rear-wheel
    • Horsepower: 370
  • Fuel tank capacity: 52 gallons
  • Wheels: 19.5-inch steel wheels
  • Tires: 225/70R19.5G All Position Tires
  • Sound: Uconnect® 3.0 w/ 4 speakers

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Performance and Capability

The RAM 3500 and 4500, with their standard engines, are comparable in many aspects, but the 4500 far outshines the 3500 Regular Cab pickup in GVWR, payload, and towing capacity. These trucks are built for movement, despite a lower horsepower. 

The 3500 Chassis Cab makes for an excellent mid-tier option for those who don’t need as much hauling and towing power but want a slightly lower price tag. Both Chassis Cabs get the same amount of torque from the standard engine and available diesel option. When specifically equipped, the 3500’s max towing capacity hits almost 26,000 lbs, while the 4500 reaches almost 30,000 lbs.


The packages RAM offers for the 3500 pickup are generally focused more on appearance and convenience than those offered for the 3500 and 4500 Chassis Cab. For example, drivers can opt for an Chrome Appearance Group with exclusive chrome exterior styling elements and an equipment group with heated mirrors, front floor mats, and a rear sliding window.

The 3500 and 4500 Chassis Cabs can get the Heavy-Duty Snow Plow Prep Group, Towing Technology Group, and an Ambulance Prep Group with a 220-amp alternator and rear air conditioning and heating.


Pricing for the 3500 Regular Cab pickup starts at $35,545 and can hit over $63,000 with high-end configurations. The 3500 Chassis Cab starts at $34,925, while the 4500 Chassis Cab pricing begins at $38,920. Higher-tier configurations of either Chassis Cab can bring the price close to $80,000.

Find Your New RAM Truck at Sherry Chrysler

At Sherry Chrysler, we offer both the RAM 3500 and RAM 4500 trucks. You can browse our inventory online or stop into our Piqua, Ohio dealership to see our trucks in person. 

If you’re looking for a custom fleet of trucks for your business, we can help you order your desired configurations, too. Just let us know what you need, and we’ll order RAM 3500 or 4500 trucks built to your exact specifications, including adding service bodies from Knapheide, Warner, and other top upfitting companies.

Our flexible financing options help almost every customer get their new truck with an affordable payment that fits their budget, so don’t hesitate to reach out, even if you have less than perfect credit. Give us a call at (937)778-0830 to see how we can help. 


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