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
Passenger model is not advisable; few luxuries; feels like the utilitarian commercial vehicle that it is
Uconnect 3 with a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera are now standard.
Although we like the cargo van a lot, we'd steer clear of the passenger wagon. There are many other better passenger-van choices out there. For the extra $1,300, we'd opt for the 2018 Ram ProMaster City SLT with its power mirrors, cruise control and available option packages. Yes, it's a work van, but there's nothing wrong with a creature comfort or two.
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, named the ProMaster City Wagon, offers a second-row bench seat and second-row rear side windows. The ProMaster City Wagon is about $1,300 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 ($25,540 for the Tradesman; $26,840 for the Wagon) include only basic convenience features -- keyless entry, power windows, air conditioning, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth, a backup camera and Chrysler's Uconnect 3 with a 5-in touchscreen, 4-speaker stereo, USB and iPod connectivity among a few other frills.
Drivers who step up to the ProMaster City SLT ($27,190 for the Tradesman; $28,490 for the Wagon) get a few more features, such as body-color bumpers and power/heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control and Uconnect with navigation.
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: Rear parking sensors, remote start, satellite radio capability, Wi-Fi hotspot and a full-size spare tire. Other options include a rear wiper, 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|
2018 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.
2018 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.