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Ram Promaster Cargo Van Review

Sometimes things aren't always what they seem. Take the Ram ProMaster, for instance. The ProMaster is a relatively new American entry into the full-size commercial van market, albeit one with deep European roots.

In fact, the ProMaster is based on the popular European delivery vehicle known as the Fiat Ducato. That's definitely not a bad thing since this front-wheel-drive Italian workhorse has proven itself both capable and reliable.

Of course, when Ram engineers got their hands on it, they immediately recognized that it required its own unique tuning to help it adapt to American roadways. So they set about tweaking nearly everything on the ProMaster, from the suspension and steering calibration to the addition of Ram's 3.6-liter V6 engine. For those interested in maximizing fuel economy, a 3.0-liter diesel-powered engine is also available.

Current Ram ProMaster Cargo Van
Ram offers the ProMaster Cargo in three payload capacities (1500, 2500 and 3500) and two roof heights (standard and high). After that, though, choosing the right ProMaster for your business is a relatively simple task since there is essentially just one trim level.

Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, a passenger-side sliding door, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, power front windows, power locks, keyless entry, a telescoping (but sadly not tilt-adjustable) steering wheel, and a four-speaker sound system with USB and auxiliary audio inputs.

Of course, you'll find no shortage of options, including a driver-side sliding side door, a cargo partition, side and rear door windows, a suspension driver seat, heated seats, a towing package and cruise control. Technology-oriented options include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a navigation system, satellite radio, and an upgraded audio system with a Uconnect 5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth.

Moving the Ram ProMaster Cargo down the road is one of two engines. A standard 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional is a turbocharged 3.0-liter four-cylinder diesel rated at 174 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It's connected to a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. All Ram ProMaster Cargo models are front-wheel-drive, a quality that sets them apart from their exclusively rear-wheel-drive rivals.

The ProMaster earns high marks for outward visibility, and driving it is a breeze thanks to its light steering effort and tight turning circle. The standard 3.6-liter engine is a good match thanks to its high degree of refinement, though the optional diesel four-cylinder is an attractive alternative for buyers looking to keep fuel costs down.

Used Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Models
The Ram ProMaster Cargo has undergone no major changes since its 2014 debut.

Read the most recent 2018 Ram Promaster Cargo Van review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Ram Promaster Cargo Van page.

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