2016 Chassis Cab Shootout

2016 Model Year Cab and Chassis Truck Guide

For those in need of a serious work truck but have no use for a pickup box, the commercial chassis cab or cab and chassis truck is your starting point. Chassis cab trucks meet a variety of business needs and often include specialized equipment and/or features optimized for specific goals that are not always met by standard pickup models. Ambulances, dump trucks, bucket trucks, contractors trucks, and flatbed trucks often start as a simple cab and chassis configuration before being up-fitted.

Note - All ratings and capacities for gasoline equipped trucks have been omitted from the following specs and comparisons. For more information on gasoline powered trucks, please refer to the manufacturer's model specific webpage.

2016 Chevrolet 3500 HD chassis cab

2016 GMC Sierra 3500HD Chassis Cab
2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Chassis Cab

Engine:

6.6L Duramax V-8 Turbodiesel

Peak Horsepower:

397 hp @ 3,000 rpm

Peak Torque:

765 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Transmission:

Allison 1000 six speed automatic

PTO Provisions:

Standard w/ Allison 1000 transmission

Max GVWR:

13,200 lbs

Max GCWR

31,100 lbs

Max FAWR:

5,600 lbs

Max RAWR:

9,750 lbs

Max Payload:

7,075 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

N/A

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

N/A

Max Fuel Capacity:

63.5 gallons w/ optional dual tanks

 

2016 Ram 4500 chassis cab

2016 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cab

Model:

Ram 3500

Ram 4500

Ram 5500

Engine:

6.7L Cummins I-6 Turbodiesel

6.7L Cummins I-6 Turbodiesel

6.7L Cummins I-6 Turbodiesel

Peak Horsepower:

320 hp @ 2,800 rpm (G56 manual)
325 hp @ 2,800 rpm (Aisin auto)

320 hp @ 2,800 rpm (G56 manual)
325 hp @ 2,800 rpm (Aisin auto)

320 hp @ 2,800 rpm (G56 manual)
325 hp @ 2,800 rpm (Aisin auto)

Peak Torque:

650 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm (G56 manual)
750 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm (Aisin auto)

650 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm (G56 manual)
750 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm (Aisin auto)

650 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm (G56 manual)
750 lb-ft @ 1,700 rpm (Aisin auto)

Transmission:

Aisin AS69RC six speed automatic
Mercedes G56 six speed manual

Aisin AS69RC six speed automatic
Mercedes G56 six speed manual

Aisin AS69RC six speed automatic
Mercedes G56 six speed manual

PTO Provisions:

Standard w/ Aisin transmission

Standard w/ Aisin transmission

Standard w/ Aisin transmission

Max GVWR:

14,000 lbs

16,500 lbs

19,500 lbs

Max GCWR

30,000 lbs

32,500 lbs

37,500 lbs

Max FAWR:

6,000 lbs

7,250 lbs

7,250 lbs

Max RAWR:

9,850 lbs

12,000 lbs

13,500 lbs

Max Payload:

6,990 lbs

8,800 lbs

11,790 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

N/A

N/A

N/A

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

22,770 lbs

24,650 lbs

29,600 lbs

Max Fuel Capacity:

74 gallons w/ optional dual tanks

74 gallons w/ optional dual tanks

74 gallons w/ optional dual tanks

 

2016 Ford Super Duty chassis cab

2016 Ford F-350/F-450/F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab

Model:

F-350

F-450

F-550

Engine:

6.7L Power Stroke V-8 Turbodiesel

6.7L Power Stroke V-8 Turbodiesel

6.7L Power Stroke V-8 Turbodiesel

Peak Horsepower:

300 hp @ 2,800 rpm

300 hp @ 2,800 rpm

300 hp @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

660 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

660 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

660 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

Transmission:

TorqShift 6 speed automatic

TorqShift 6 speed automatic

TorqShift 6 speed automatic

PTO Provisions:

Standard w/ TorqShift transmission

Standard w/ TorqShift transmission

Standard w/ TorqShift transmission

Max GVWR:

14,000 lbs

16,500 lbs

19,500 lbs

Max GCWR

24,500 lbs

30,000 lbs

35,000 lbs

Max FAWR:

6,000 lbs

7,000 lbs

7,000 lbs

Max RAWR:

9,750 lbs

12,000 lbs

14,706 lbs

Max Payload:

7,221 lbs

9,214 lbs

12,019 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

15,000 lbs

16,000 lbs

16,000 lbs

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

16,600 lbs

21,600 lbs

26,400 lbs

Max Fuel Capacity:

68 gallons w/ optional dual tanks

68 gallons w/ optional dual tanks

68 gallons w/ optional dual tanks

 

2016 Class 3 Chassis Cab Comparison

Highlighted field denotes best-in-class* for 2016 model year

Model:

GMC Sierra 3500HD
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

Ford F-350 Super Duty

Ram 3500

Peak Horsepower:

397 hp @ 3,000 rpm

300 hp @ 2,800 rpm

325 @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

765 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

660 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

765 @ 1,700 rpm

Max GVWR:

13,200 lbs

14,000 lbs

14,000 lbs

Max GCWR

31,100 lbs

24,500 lbs

30,000 lbs

Max FAWR:

5,600 lbs

6,000 lbs

6,000 lbs

Max RAWR:

9,750 lbs

9,750 lbs

9,850 lbs

Max Payload:

7,075 lbs

7,221 lbs

6,990 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

N/A

15,000 lbs

N/A

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

N/A

16,600 lbs

22,770 lbs

Max Fuel Capacity:

63.5 gallons

68 gallons

74 gallons

* "Class" herein recognized as class 3 light diesel cab and chassis truck (NOT pickup) with GVWR between 10,001 and 14,000 lbs. All ratings and capacities for gasoline engine equipped trucks have been omitted. If no single Best-in-Class title holder for a particular category, the title has been withheld altogether.

 

2016 Class 4 Chassis Cab Comparison

Highlighted field denotes best-in-class* for 2016 model year

Model:

Ford F-450

Ram 4500

Peak Horsepower:

300 hp @ 2,800 rpm

325 @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

660 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

765 @ 1,700 rpm

Max GVWR:

16,500 lbs

16,500 lbs

Max GCWR

30,000 lbs

32,500 lbs

Max FAWR:

7,000 lbs

7,250 lbs

Max RAWR:

12,000 lbs

12,000 lbs

Max Payload:

9,214 lbs

8,800 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

16,000 lbs

N/A**

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

21,600 lbs

24,650 lbs

Max Fuel Capacity:

68 gallons

74 gallons

* "Class" herein recognized as class 4 light diesel cab and chassis truck (NOT pickup) with GVWR between 14,001 and 16,000 lbs. All ratings and capacities for gasoline equipped trucks have been omitted. If no single Best-in-Class title holder for a particular category, the title has been withheld altogether.
** Actual conventional tow rating for Ram 4500 is dependent on up-fit equipment and therefore not rated by the manufacturer.

 

2016 Class 5 Chassis Cab Comparison

Highlighted field denotes best-in-class* for 2016 model year

Model:

Ford F-550

Ram 5500

Peak Horsepower:

300 hp @ 2,800 rpm

325 @ 2,800 rpm

Peak Torque:

660 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

765 @ 1,700 rpm

Max GVWR:

19,500 lbs

19,500 lbs

Max GCWR

35,000 lbs

37,500 lbs

Max FAWR:

7,000 lbs

7,250 lbs

Max RAWR:

14,706 lbs

13,500 lbs

Max Payload:

12,019 lbs

11,790 lbs

Max Conventional Tow:

16,000 lbs

N/A**

Max 5th Wheel Tow:

26,400 lbs

29,600 lbs

Max Fuel Capacity:

68 gallons

74 gallons

* "Class" herein recognized as class 5 light diesel cab and chassis truck (NOT pickup) with GVWR between 16,001 and 19,500 lbs. All ratings and capacities for gasoline equipped trucks have been omitted. If no single Best-in-Class title holder for a particular category, the title has been withheld altogether.
** Actual conventional tow rating for Ram 5500 is dependent on up-fit equipment and therefore not rated by the manufacturer.