2019 Ram Promaster Cargo Van
- Three new variants: 2500 (136-inch wheelbase, low roof); 3500 (136-inch wheelbase, low roof); 3500 (136-inch wheelbase, high roof)
- Increase in towing and payload capacities
- Mild front-end styling updates
- Part of the first ProMaster Cargo generation introduced for 2014
- Good low-traction performance and tight turning radius
- Variety of body styles to suit a range of business needs
- Available onboard internet connection
- Unrefined ride quality, even for a van
- Less towing capacity than other full-size vans
- Strange and uncomfortable driving position
2019 Ram Promaster Cargo Van pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Promaster Cargo Van does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Few vehicles have changed as dramatically in the last few years as the full-size cargo van. Traditional models based on heavy-duty pickup frames and components have largely given way to lighter, narrower and taller vans that are safer, more efficient and easier to drive.
Several models, including the Chevrolet Express, the GMC Savana and the Nissan NV, still use a truck frame as a base, while the Ford Transit used carlike unibody construction for reduced weight and improved ride comfort. The 2019 Ram ProMaster Cargo takes it a step further: Not only does it have a unibody, but it's also driven by its front wheels. All rivals are rear-wheel-drive.
Front-wheel drive offers benefits such as a lower floor height, which makes cargo loading and entry and exit easier. And extra engine weight over the front wheels can offer better traction on slippery roads. A tight turning circle also helps with low-speed maneuverability. Front-wheel drive, however, limits towing capacity, and while the ProMaster offers increased capacity for 2019 — it can now tow up to 6,800 pounds, 30 percent more than before — it still falls short of the more than 7,000-pound maximums of its Ford, Nissan and Mercedes Sprinter rivals.
But the ProMaster remains strong where it counts for cargo vans: Its maximum payload capacity of 4,680 pounds ranks near the top of its field.
The Ram ProMaster is a good pick for commercial use if you can overlook its unconventional style (slightly updated for 2019), strange buslike driving position and mediocre towing ability. If you can, the payoff is a cargo van with excellent city mobility and easy cargo loading and unloading.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 Ram ProMaster Cargo is a large van with two seats and a large cargo area designed for storing gear and upfitting. There are no traditional trim levels. Instead, its 1500, 2500 and 3500 levels indicate the size of the vehicle (higher numbers translate to longer available wheelbases and taller roofs) as well as increasing payload ratings.
All ProMaster models come with a 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine (280 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque) that drives the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 1500 carries a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR, or maximum allowable weight of the vehicle and its contents) of 8,550 pounds, with a payload rating of 3,770 to 3,990 pounds, depending on configuration. A 118-inch wheelbase and a low cargo roof are standard, while a 136-inch wheelbase model is available with either a low or high cargo roof.
The 2500's GVWR is listed at 8,900 pounds, with a payload rating of 3,700 to 4,130 pounds. It's available in a 136-inch wheelbase with a high or low roof (late availability for the latter) or a 159-inch wheelbase with a high cargo roof.
Lastly, the GVWR for the 3500 is listed at 9,350 pounds, with a payload rating of 4,020 to 4,430 pounds. New for 2019, but listed as late availability, are 3500 models in a 136-inch wheelbase with either a low or high roof. The 159-inch wheelbase models return with a high roof only, and you can even order an extended version with a longer cargo area.
Standard features on the Ram ProMaster 1500 include 16-inch steel wheels, split-opening rear doors, manually adjustable mirrors, remote locking and unlocking, a full-size spare tire, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, a telescoping-only steering wheel, cargo lights, tie-down rings in the cargo area, a 5-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, and a four-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio jack and a media player interface.
The 2500 and 3500 versions come with the same equipment as the 1500, but they feature a heavy-duty suspension to deal with the higher payloads.
Optional features include alloy wheels, power-folding and heated mirrors, windows for the sliding rear doors, rear windows, daytime running lights, rear parking sensors, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, vinyl upholstery, heated seats, lumbar adjustment for one or both seats, a double passenger seat, swivel seats, a suspended driver's seat, cargo-area climate control, satellite radio, a navigation system and a tow hitch.
A few options are also available through Mopar, including remote engine start, electronic vehicle tracking, carpeted or rubberized floor mats, LED cargo lighting, a spray-in bedliner and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Promaster Cargo Van safety features:
- ParkSense Rear Park Assist
- Description: Sounds an alert if an object is in close proximity to the rear bumper.
- ParkView Rear Backup Camera
- Provides a view directly behind the van to prevent collisions while reversing.
- Cargo Tie-Downs
- Keeps items from slipping and sliding around the cargo area.
Ram ProMaster Cargo Van vs. the competition
2019 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van
2018 Ford Transit
Ram ProMaster Cargo Van vs. Ford Transit
Like the ProMaster, the Ford Transit is a full-size cargo van sold in a variety of body styles. Its rear-wheel-drive architecture allows for a much higher tow rating than the front-wheel-drive ProMaster. It has a more traditional seating position, too, and can load more weight in the cargo area when you specify the dual rear-wheel option. On the downside, the Transit is more expensive than the ProMaster.
Ram ProMaster Cargo Van vs. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker
Just because it's a Mercedes doesn't mean the Sprinter is a luxury commercial cargo van. However, it is built to a higher standard and offers some extra niceties such as advanced safety systems, heated seats and even a sunroof. And make no mistake, the Sprinter is a highly capable workhorse and offers a similar variety of body styles as its competitors.
Ram ProMaster Cargo Van vs. Ford Transit Connect
The Ford Transit Connect is smaller than the standard Transit and Ram ProMaster, in both size and price. It's more maneuverable around tight city streets and back alleys than the larger Transit, but as you might expect, the Transit Connect's cargo area is much smaller and its payload capacity is about half of the ProMaster's.
2019 Ram Promaster Cargo Van Overview
The 2019 Ram Promaster Cargo Van is offered in the following styles: 1500 Low Roof w/136" WB 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), 3500 High Roof w/Extended Length 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), 3500 High Roof w/136" WB 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), 3500 Low Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), 2500 High Roof w/159" WB 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), 1500 High Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), 2500 High Roof w/136" WB 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), 1500 Low Roof w/118" WB 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), 3500 High Roof w/159" WB 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and 2500 Low Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2019 Ram Promaster Cargo Van?
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