Highly useful; surprisingly pleasant driving dynamics; excellent fuel economy (for a van)
Passenger model is not advisable; few luxuries; feels like the utilitarian commercial vehicle that it is
After making its debut last year, the ProMaster City's sole change for 2016 is the addition of standard Bluetooth. See the 2016 Ram ProMaster City models for sale near you
This one is easy: We'd go with an SLT model, and we'd get the Tradesman version. We'd skip the Wagon because virtually every other van is better if you want to carry passengers, and we'd skip the base model because it lacks some of today's most basic automotive necessities such as power mirrors and cruise control. Find a Ram Promaster City for sale
The ProMaster City is offered in two versions: a cargo van, dubbed the ProMaster City Tradesman, features only two front seats and no rear side windows, while a passenger model, dubbed the ProMaster City Wagon, offers a second-row bench seat and second-row rear side windows. The ProMaster City Wagon is exactly $1,000 more expensive than its Tradesman counterpart. Both the Wagon and the Tradesman offer two trim levels -- a base model and an upscale SLT trim -- which share roughly the same equipment.
Base-level ProMaster City models ($24,100 for the Tradesman; $25,000 for the Wagon) include only the basics -- keyless entry, power windows, a 4-speaker stereo with USB and iPod connectivity, air conditioning and new-for-2016 Bluetooth, among few other frills.
Drivers who step up to the ProMaster City SLT ($25,400 for the Tradesman; $27,100 for the Wagon) get a few more features such as body-color mirrors and bumpers, power mirrors, heated mirrors, cruise control and Chrysler's Uconnect system with a 5-inch touchscreen.
The van only offers three major packages: the popular equipment group (an improved stereo, power rear windows, and heated front seats), the rear back-up camera group (rear parking sensors and a backup camera) and the lights and wheels group, which adds 16-in alloy wheels and fog lights. Other options include a remote starter, a rear wiper, satellite radio and partitions that separate the front seats from the cargo area.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
2016 Ford Transit Connect -- The Transit Connect is the ProMaster City's chief rival. It offers similar pricing, fuel economy, engine power and sizing. You'll want to drive the Ford before you sign the papers on a Ram.
2016 Nissan NV200 -- Also sold as the Chevrolet City Express, the NV200 is another major competitor to the ProMaster City. Pricing is lower, but the NV200 is also smaller than the Transit Connect.
Used RAM C/V Tradesman -- If you need something a little bigger than the ProMaster City, consider a used C/V Tradesman -- a larger cargo van based on the Dodge Grand Caravan. It has more power and more room than the ProMaster City, though it lacks certain cargo van basics, like side-hinged rear doors.
Used Chevrolet Express -- If you want something larger still, consider the Chevrolet Express and twin GMC Savana, which offer V8 power and dimensions that only just stretch the boundaries of the term "city friendly." You'll want to consider a used model, though, as new prices are several thousand dollars more than the ProMaster City's base MSRP.