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2014 RAM ProMaster: Overview

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author photo by Doug DeMuro August 2013

Pros: Huge size; new styling; new interiors; refined powertrain

Cons: Unproven record; some buyers will prefer all- or rear-wheel drive

What's New: Completely new for the 2014 model year.

The 2014 RAM ProMaster is a full-size van offered in passenger or cargo configurations. It's larger than Chrysler's other cargo van, the RAM Cargo, a midsize Dodge Grand Caravan without rear seats or windows. The RAM ProMaster marks Chrysler's return to the full-size van market after the Mercedes Sprinter dropped its Dodge badging for the 2010 model year.

The RAM ProMaster is offered in three configurations -- a base-level 1500 model, a mid-level 2500 and a top-line 3500. The numbers don't refer to equipment, but rather capability, just like many full-size pickups. That means the ProMaster 3500 offers the most payload and hauling capacity.

Based on the European-market FIAT Ducato, the RAM ProMaster offers a few unique features among cargo vans. For one, it's only available with front-wheel drive. That's contrary to all other full-size vans, which are offered in either rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations.

The Promaster also features a standard V6, rather than a V8 like many rivals. The V6 is Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar motor, which makes 280 horsepower. It's mated to Chrysler's standard 6-speed automatic transmission. A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel 4-cylinder is optional. While it boasts just 175 hp, it produces a whopping 300 lb-ft of torque. That helps to boost fuel economy and towing capacity.

Owing to its new design, the RAM ProMaster offers many advanced new features. They include a ParkView backup camera, ParkSense rear-parking assist, Bluetooth and even an available touchscreen navigation system. That's a cut above many rivals, which rarely offer such cutting-edge items in full-size vans.

According to Chrysler, the 2014 RAM ProMaster 1500 starts around $29,500 with shipping. That price increases for drivers who choose the longer 136-inch wheelbase or the "high-roof" version. The ProMaster 2500 starts around $32,500, while the ProMaster 3500 is just over $36,000 before options.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
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