2021 Ram Promaster City

MSRP range: $25,065 - $27,730
MSRP$27,375
Edmunds suggests you pay$26,127

What Should I Pay

2021 Ram ProMaster City Review

  • Higher payload rating than most rivals
  • Large and versatile cargo area
  • Engine provides respectable power and efficiency
  • Substantial body roll around corners
  • The transmission's shifting can be a bit clunky at times
  • Foglights are now an available option
  • Alloy wheels are offered on the base Tradesman cargo van
  • Part of the first ProMaster City generation introduced in 2015

For decades, a full-size van was the one-size solution for commercial cargo or passenger hauling regardless of how much stuff, or how many people, you needed to carry. But the advent of robust front-wheel-drive platforms able to carry moderate payloads has given rise to compact work/passenger vans like the 2021 Ram ProMaster City.

Based on a Fiat small-van platform designed for threading tight European streets, the ProMaster City is an affordable, fuel-efficient workhorse built for light-duty work. It's available as a two-passenger cargo van or a passenger van with seating for five. Both offer a roomy cabin with impressive cargo space and payload capacity. Although it's not available with a tall roof and you can't stand upright in it like you can in the full-size ProMaster (reviewed separately), the junior ProMaster still packs a solid utility punch.

The ProMaster City's price hovers around the middle of the class, and that class includes competitors from Ford, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, which helps explain some of the Ram's deficiencies. The cabin is noisy, the van can feel wobbly around corners, and it lacks some of today's more basic driver aids such as blind-spot warning or automatic emergency braking. It does offer rear parking sensors, but they're optional. Although it's tempting to consider the ProMaster City Wagon as an alternative to a minivan or crossover SUV, we can't recommend it.

Drivers seeking primarily a passenger van should also consider the Ford Transit Connect, which offers better amenities but lower payload limits, or the nicer Mercedes-Benz Metris. Overall, the ProMaster City is a capable, affordable choice that can handle light cargo and passenger duties with ease.

Which Promaster City does Edmunds recommend?

Whether you choose the ProMaster City Cargo or Wagon van will depend on whether you intend to carry boxes or people. With either choice, we recommend the SLT trim level. It makes the utility van more livable, with features such as upgraded seats, power-adjustable mirrors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Ram Promaster City models

The 2021 Ram ProMaster City is offered in two-passenger (Cargo) and five-passenger (Wagon) configurations in both Tradesman and SLT trim levels. The Tradesman covers the essentials, while the SLT offers more standard equipment, upgraded seats and, with the addition of body-colored mirrors and bumpers, a slightly more polished look.

Both vans use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (178 horsepower, 174 lb-ft of torque) paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Only front-wheel drive is available.

Standard features for the base-level Tradesman Cargo and Wagon include: 

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • 180-degree-opening rear doors
  • Tinted side glass

Interior, comfort and convenience features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver's seat armrest
  • Front overhead storage bin
  • 12-volt rear power outlet
  • Keyless entry
  • Bluetooth with voice controls
  • 5-inch touchscreen central display
  • Four-speaker audio system with USB input
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat (Wagon only)

Moving up to the SLT trim level adds:

  • Power-adjustable heated mirrors
  • Upgraded window tint
  • Upgraded cloth upholstery
  • Height and lumbar adjustments for driver's seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Cruise control

A comprehensive options list allows you to tailor the ProMaster City to specific business or personal needs. Notable packages and stand-alone options include:

  • Popular Entertainment package (Wagon SLT)
    • Second-row power windows
    • Heated front seats
    • Six-speaker audio system
  • Lights and Wheels package
    • 16-inch alloy wheels
    • Foglights
  • Heated front seats (SLT)
  • Premium vinyl seat upholstery (SLT)
  • Navigation system
  • Tow hitch
  • Cargo partition (window or solid panel)
  • Cargo area LED lighting (Cargo)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Telematics tracking and mapping system

Consumer reviews

There are no consumer reviews for the 2021 Ram Promaster City.



Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$25,065
MPG & Fuel
21 City / 28 Hwy / 24 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.1 gal. capacity
Seating
2 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 178 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 174 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 187.5 in. / Height: 74.0 in. / Width: 72.1 in.
Curb Weight: 3509 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: N/A

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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Promaster City safety features:

Electronic Stability Control
Helps maintain stability and traction in extreme situations.
Trailer Sway Control
Works to correct a swaying trailer and stabilize the vehicle.
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Alerts the driver via a light on the dashboard to a possible flat tire.


Ram ProMaster City vs. the competition

2021 Ram ProMaster City

2021 Ram ProMaster City

2021 Ford Transit Connect

2021 Ford Transit Connect

Ram ProMaster City vs. Ford Transit Connect

While the ProMaster City covers the basics and even adds a few smart touches in SLT trim (a leather-wrapped steering wheel, for example), the Transit Connect is more versatile. It offers two engines (one that can be converted to natural gas/propane), two different lengths, and some standard safety and tech features absent from the Ram. The Ford, however, is priced accordingly for these upgrades.

Compare Ram ProMaster City & Ford Transit Connect features 

Ram ProMaster City vs. Nissan NV200

Price remains the most compelling reason to consider Nissan's smallest van since it trails the ProMaster City in most other objective measures. The NV's engine isn't as strong, the van's hauling capabilities not as robust, and it's only available in a cargo configuration — there's no passenger version. Still, the NV has a few nifty tricks, including a flat-folding passenger seat, a 7-inch central touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connections.

Compare Ram ProMaster City & Nissan NV200 features 

Ram ProMaster City vs. Mercedes-Benz Metris

The Metris is the most expensive of the small vans, not surprising given its badge and pedigree. There's a big price gap between the ProMaster City and the Metris. But that extra cost gets you more cargo space, excellent payload and towing ratings, a smoother and more maneuverable ride, and an overall upgrade in refinement.

Compare Ram ProMaster City & Mercedes-Benz Metris features 

FAQ

Is the Ram Promaster City a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Promaster City both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Ram Promaster City fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Promaster City gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ram Promaster City. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Ram Promaster City?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Ram Promaster City:

  • Foglights are now an available option
  • Alloy wheels are offered on the base Tradesman cargo van
  • Part of the first ProMaster City generation introduced in 2015
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Is the Ram Promaster City reliable?

To determine whether the Ram Promaster City is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Promaster City. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Promaster City's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Ram Promaster City a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Ram Promaster City is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Promaster City is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Ram Promaster City?

The least-expensive 2021 Ram Promaster City is the 2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $25,065.

Other versions include:

  • Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) which starts at $25,065
  • Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) which starts at $27,730
  • Tradesman SLT Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) which starts at $26,380
  • Wagon 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) which starts at $26,130
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What are the different models of Ram Promaster City?

If you're interested in the Ram Promaster City, the next question is, which Promaster City model is right for you? Promaster City variants include Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Tradesman SLT Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), and Wagon 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A). For a full list of Promaster City models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Ram Promaster City

2021 Ram Promaster City Overview

The 2021 Ram Promaster City is offered in the following submodels: Promaster City Minivan. Available styles include Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Tradesman SLT Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), and Wagon 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A). Ram Promaster City models are available with a 2.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 178 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Ram Promaster City comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed automatic. The 2021 Ram Promaster City comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Ram Promaster City?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Ram Promaster City and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Promaster City.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Ram Promaster City and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Promaster City featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Ram Promaster City?

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A)

The 2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,375. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is trending $1,248 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,248 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,127.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is 4.6% below the MSRP.

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A)

The 2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,690. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is trending $2,284 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,284 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,406.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is 8% below the MSRP.

2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A)

The 2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,440. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is trending $1,253 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,253 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,187.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is 4.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 32 2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A)

The 2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $30,195. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is trending $2,417 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,417 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $27,778.

The average savings for the 2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) is 8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Ram Promaster Cities are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Ram Promaster City?

2021 Ram Promaster City Wagon SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), 9-speed automatic, regular unleaded
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), 9-speed automatic, regular unleaded
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

2021 Ram Promaster City Tradesman Cargo 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A), 9-speed automatic, regular unleaded
24 compined MPG,
21 city MPG/28 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG24
Transmission9-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.4 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase122.4 in.
Length187.5 in.
Width72.1 in.
Height74.0 in.
Curb Weight3509 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Ram Promaster City?

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