More compact and maneuverable than full-size vans; more cargo space than other compact vans; surprisingly pleasant driving dynamics; excellent fuel economy for a van
What We Don't
Passenger model is not advisable; few luxuries; feels like the utilitarian commercial vehicle that it is
There were no changes made for 2017. See the 2017 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. The cargo van, dubbed the ProMaster City Tradesman, features only two front seats and no rear side windows. The passenger model, dubbed the ProMaster City Wagon, offers a second-row bench seat and second-row rear side windows. The ProMaster City Wagon is about $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 ($23,500 for the Tradesman; $24,600 for the Wagon) include only the basics -- keyless entry, power windows, a 4-speaker stereo with USB and iPod connectivity, air conditioning and Bluetooth, among few other frills.
Drivers who step up to the ProMaster City SLT ($25,100 for the Tradesman; $26,200 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-in touchscreen.
The SLT offers two major packages: the Popular Equipment Group (power rear windows, and heated front seats) and the Lights and Wheels Group, which adds 16-in alloy wheels and fog lights. Available on all trims, the Rear Back-up Camera group adds rear parking sensors and a backup camera. Other options include a remote starter, a rear wiper, satellite radio, various roof rack and rail configurations, 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/60,000 Miles|
2017 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.
2017 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.