The Dodge Ram 4500 is a class four truck introduced in 2008 along with the Dodge Ram 5500. Drivers who choose the 4500 do so for its extreme towing capacity, large size, and power. As with the 5500, the 4500 is available with a heavy duty chassis cab, but it's not an ideal truck for the average driver. The 4500 has a bit too much power and a respectively high price tag to make it a suitable recommendation for casual truck buyers, but commercial owners will appreciate the features and construction of this powerful truck.
Assembled in Coahuila, Mexico, the 4500 has a 7,000 pound capacity front axle axle and a 12,000 pound capacity back axle. It's powered by a Cummins 6.7 liter straight-six diesel engine that's said to be remarkably quiet. The engine produces 305 hp at 3,000 RPM. Torque is estimated at 610 lb-feet at 1600 RPM. Transmission options include an Aisin six-speed automatic and a six-speed 656 manual.
The 4500 and the 5500 were introduced in 2007 as high powered alternatives to the Dodge 1500 and 2500. The chassis cab was added as an option in 2009 and made it easier for truck owners to mount aftermarket beds to their vehicles. Dodge promotes the 4500 and 5500 as their answer for commercial truck drivers who have previously relied on GM and Ford trucks, and the 4500 in particular has been a resounding success in Dodge's intended market.
Interior options include a full navigation system, leather seats and a six CD changer. Other options include a power take-off option for both transmissions. The automatic transmission is a much more popular choice with the Ram 4500, as is the case with other options in the class four truck market. The 4500 has high safety ratings, due in part to multi-stage airbags and an energy absorbing steering column. Safety ratings are best for frontal impacts according to the NHTSA.
Compared to alternatives like the Ford F-450, the Dodge Ram has superior towing capacity and comparable interior features. For this reason, it's been a very popular class four truck and has beaten its competitors in the market since its introduction in 2007. The new chassis cab is the icing on the cake for many commercial truck drivers, as it allows for versatility behind a great, attractive design. The Dodge Ram 4500 isn't intended for the average driver, but anyone in the market for a class four truck will appreciate what the 4500 brings to the market.
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