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2017 Ram ProMaster

2017 Ram ProMaster

Spurred by the success of Ford’s Transit Connect and the various versions of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ram tapped its Fiat partner for a couple of commercial vans of its own. Both the big ProMaster and smaller ProMaster City were already being sold overseas when they adopted Ram badges a couple of years ago. Notable is that both are front-wheel drive, both are of unibody construction, and both are also offered in chassis-cab configurations “over there”; yet only the ProMaster’s has been sent stateside … so far.

2016 Ram ProMaster City

Ram’s ProMaster City competes with the popular Ford Transit Connect, the first of the modern compact commercial vans. Like others in the class, ProMaster City is front-wheel drive. It starts at $24,440 including destination.

2015 Audi Q52016 Ram ProMaster City

Class: Minivan

Miles Driven: 369

Fuel Used: 14.7

2015 Ram ProMaster City

Consumer Guide’s test ProMaster City arrived in Wagon SLT trim. Including the destination charge and a few options, our test truck came to $28,820.

2015 Audi Q52015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon SLT

Class: Minivan

Dates tested: 2/24/2015 to 3/02/2015

Miles Driven: 140

Fuel Used: 7.4 gallons

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.

Dodge A100

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.


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)

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.


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.

Rivian Prime, Amazon Hub Charging Stations

Rivian EDV delivery van

A little over a year ago, my neighbors and I lamented the construction of an Amazon delivery facility not more than three blocks from our homes. To our relief, the now-operational warehouse and delivery center has not diminished our quality of life in any meaningful manner. It’s a big sucker, though, boasting nearly 200 loading docks and serving as home to maybe 200 delivery vans. About those vans…