Ram Announces ProMaster City Pricing and Fuel Economy
Compact Cargo Van to Get 24 MPG Combined
Ram announced the pricing and fuel economy information for the ProMaster City compact cargo van today, and it looks to be a very competitive offering.
Starting at $23,130 for the cargo model (plus a $995 destination charge), the ProMaster’s base price is higher than the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200, and the Chevrolet City Express. However, the ProMaster City provides more standard horsepower than any of those, with its 2.4L “Tigershark” I-4 pumping out 178 hp, compared to 169 hp from the Transit Connect’s 2.5L I-4 and a paltry 131 hp from the City Express and NV200.
The van formerly known as the Fiat Doblo also promises segment-competitive fuel economy with an EPA-estimated 21 city and 29 highway mpg, no doubt helped by the Ram’s standard 9-speed automatic. While the City Express/NV200 twins get an impressive 24 mpg city, freeway fuel economy isn’t as good as one might think at just 26 mpg. The Ford Transit Connect with either the 2.5L 1-4 or the 1.6L EcoBoost I-4 is rated similarly to the ProMaster City.
The compact Ram van has segment-best cargo capacity, with up to 131 cubic feet of space behind the front seats. That barely beats even the long-wheelbase Transit Connect van, and it obliterates the smaller Nissan and Chevy vans. The ProMaster City’s 1,883-pound payload capacity is also best in the small cargo van class. However, while it is offered as a passenger wagon (for $1,000 extra), it only seats five, while the Transit Connect seats seven. The cargo-only City Express and NV200 are limited to two passengers.
With Ram joining the compact van party, delivery fleets and small businesses are being spoiled for choice. If maximum capability is your concern, the ProMaster City might be the best choice. If pricing is your biggest motivator (and most of your work is done in town), then the Nissan NV200 and Chevrolet City Express should do the trick. And if you want a little of both, then the Transit Connect may be worth a look. Frankly, we wouldn’t mind rounding up all four and getting some head-to-head impressions.
What do you think? With compact cargo vans being able to haul almost as much as some 1/4-ton trucks, would you ever consider one for your work vehicle?
Source: Ram Truck