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2015 Ram ProMaster City

Cargo versions of the ProMaster City start at $24,125 including destination. Ram says they have best-in-class payload and cargo capacity.

Consumer Guide For a class that didn’t even exist six years ago, compact cargo vans have witnessed an explosion in growth of late. And that applies not only to sales, but also to the number of entries.

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Chrysler is back in the small-van business thanks to the 2015 Ram ProMaster City (right). How does it stack up to the company’s first small van, the 1964 Dodge A100? We compared the two.

This is all the Ram marketing folks’ fault. At the reveal event for the ProMaster City last month, sitting there in a corner of the tent was a meticulously restored Dodge A100. Though the Ram folks made no direct comparison between the two vehicles, the seeds were planted. How do the two diminutive, scrappy vans compare?

Ram ProMaster City SLT Wagon

The compact Ram ProMaster City goes on sale this fall. An SLT Wagon is shown here.

Again tapping Fiat’s European-market product lineup, Chrysler’s Ram brand will begin selling a small front-drive van beginning late this year.


The 2015 Ford Transit

Ford’s new for 2015 Ford Transit vans are hitting the streets soon. Check out our overview article here, and check out our pics of a few specially equipped workhorses below:

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2015 Ford Transit

Ford’s ubiquitous E-Series vans are a familiar sight on American roads, but that’s soon to change. The long-running E-Series is finally being retired, and the all-new Ford Transit van is being launched at dealerships in the U.S. and Canada this summer. The European look of the Transit is no accident. As a product of Ford’s “One Ford” plan to leverage the company’s global assets, the Transit’s design was a collaboration between Ford of North America and Ford of Europe. Though its looks might seem jarring to those accustomed to the old-school layout of the E-Series, the Transit offers a level of fuel economy, tractability, comfort, and configurability that the old van could never hope to match.

City Express

Without a small panel van since the HHR was discontinued in 2011, Chevrolet has tapped Nissan for an urban-friendly delivery vehicle.

CHICAGO — At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, Chevrolet pulled the wraps off a new compact light-commercial van and announced that availability of GM’s compressed-natural-gas (CNG) capable 6.0-liter V8 engine expands to all 2015 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD cab styles.


Our Test Ram ProMaster arrived just in time to feel the full brunt of a Chicago winter. As tested, the van above came to $37,175 on the window sticker.

2014 Ram ProMaster Cargo “High Roof” (159-inch wheelbase)

Dates tested: 12/30/2013-1/06/2014

Miles driven: 91

Fuel used: 7.4 gallons

Real-world fuel economy:  12.3 mpg*


The ProMaster is the Americanized cousin of the third-generation Fiat Ducato, the most popular full-size van in Europe.

When it comes to offering a commercial cargo van for 2014, Ram is dancing a familiar step but with a new partner. The ProMaster is based on an established design from Chrysler Group’s Italian parent Fiat. It fills a void left by the erstwhile Sprinter, another high-roof walk-in van that Ram’s predecessor, Dodge Truck, had been granted back when Chrysler was under the control of a certain German manufacturer known by its three-pointed star.

Nissan NV200 compared to Ford Transit Connect

The new Nissan NV200 (left) joins the Ford Transit Connect (right) in the small commercial market. While their cargo areas are about the same size in terms of cubic capacity, the Nissan’s is longer but shorter in height—like the vehicle itself.

Going on sale now at select Nissan dealers, the new 2013 NV200 compact cargo van joins a growing class of vehicles that was virtually nonexistent five years ago.

Ford broke the ice with its Transit Connect, a high-roof, compact van with front-wheel drive and a gas-sipping 4-cylinder engine. It had already been a success in Europe, where high gas prices made this type of vehicle a logical choice for small businesses. But it evidently wasn’t considered viable in the U.S. until this country saw some high gas prices of its own.


2014 Ram ProMaster

After a five-year hiatus, Chrysler returns to the large-van market with the 2014 Ram ProMaster. The ProMaster is based heavily on the European-market Fiat Ducato. It is similar in size and powertrain offerings to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which was itself available as a Dodge for the 2004-2009 model years.

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