2018 Ram Promaster Window Van
- Uconnect 5.0 with optional navigation is now standard
- Rearview camera and Bluetooth are standard
- Part of the first generation of ProMaster introduced in 2014
- Space-efficient front-wheel-drive layout
- Good forward visibility
- Tight turning radius
- Can't tow as much as the competition
- Rear seats must be purchased through a third party
- The steering wheel is not adjustable for tilt
- Unrefined ride quality, even for a van
2018 Ram Promaster Window Van pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Promaster Window Van does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2018 Ram ProMaster Window Van is the people-carrying version of the ProMaster Cargo Van (reviewed separately). It's based on the Fiat Ducato from Europe, which means it's front-wheel-drive. That's unusual since full-size vans are traditionally rear-wheel-drive.
Because of its front-drive layout, Ram can maximize the ProMaster's cargo and passenger volume while keeping it lighter than the competition. The ProMaster also benefits from a short hood, which lends itself to improved forward visibility, and the inherent traction advantage, especially when unladen with cargo.
The downside to that front-wheel-drive architecture is the van's lower tow rating than its rear-wheel-drive competition. But another and possibly more important downside is the extra step buyers will need to take to outfit the ProMaster with rear passenger seats. This Ram is sold with front seats only (or just a driver's seat if you'd prefer) with no option of fitting rear seats from the factory. That means the buyer will need to find a third party from which to buy and install the seats.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Ram ProMaster Window Van comes in 2500 and 3500 versions. Both have a high roof, allowing adults to stand up inside the van, and a 159-inch wheelbase. The 3500 version, however, also has an extended-length body. (It's 250 inches long versus 236 inches for the 2500 van.) Only front seats are provided since Ram expects owners to outfit the van to their needs. Options and engine choices are available equally on both the 2500 and the 3500.
Standard on the Ram ProMaster Window Van is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Other standard features include 16-inch steel wheels, a passenger-side sliding side door, air conditioning, cloth bucket seats, power front windows, power locks, keyless entry, a telescoping but oddly not tilt-adjustable steering wheel, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touchscreen, and a four-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary audio inputs.
Available options include alloy wheels, foglights, daytime running lights, a driver-side sliding door, windows for the side and rear doors, power-folding and heated sideview mirrors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, a cargo partition (with or without a sliding window), heated seats, swivel seats, a suspension driver's seat, adjustable lumbar support, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, interior wall paneling, and various add-ons aimed at upfitters. You can also get satellite radio and a navigation system.
Properly equipped, the Ram can handle payloads of up to 3,930 pounds on the 2500 version and 4,280 pounds on the 3500. Both vans can tow up to 5,100 pounds. The ProMaster's payload capacity is competitive for the class, but its tow rating is significantly lower than rear-wheel-drive competitors' ratings.
Standard safety features for the 2018 Ram ProMaster Window Van include front, side and side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes, hill start assist, stability control with trailer sway control and rollover mitigation, and traction control.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Promaster Window Van safety features:
- Rear Park Assist
- Warns you if you get too close to an object you can't see while backing up.
- Rear Backup Camera
- Helps you navigate accurately while backing up, especially helpful in a large van.
- Driver and front passenger airbags including front and side curtain airbags.
Ram ProMaster Window Van vs. the competition
2018 Ram ProMaster Window Van
2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Ram ProMaster Window Van vs. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Don't let the luxury badge fool you: The Sprinter is here to work. It's just as configurable as the ProMaster, and the Sprinter can be fully equipped from the factory as a passenger van. It's hugely spacious, but it can be a bit slow on the highway and it commands a considerably higher price.
Ram ProMaster Window Van vs. Ford Transit Wagon
Imminently flexible, the Ford Transit can suit a variety of passenger-carrying needs with seating for up to 15 as well as three available engines to choose from. The Transit comes with Ford's much-liked Sync 3 infotainment system. But the standard engine can prove lethargic, necessitating the extra cost of a more powerful engine.
Ram ProMaster Window Van vs. Nissan NV Passenger
Much more of a van in the traditional sense, the NV sits on a truck chassis and offers an optional V8 engine. As a result, the NV can tow up to 8,700 pounds and isn't too bothered when loaded full of passengers. The downsides are a lack of a 15-passenger seating configuration and poor fuel economy.
Before Ram was Ram, it was Dodge. And Dodge's history of the commercial delivery vehicle goes back to 1919 when it introduced its first half-ton panel truck. But the 2018 ProMaster is actually based on the third-generation Fiat Ducato van, a European design introduced in 2006 that's also produced in countries around the world. The significant difference between the ProMaster and all its siblings is that, while the others are offered solely with four-cylinder diesel engines, the ProMaster only comes with a gas-burning V6.
In fact, the ProMaster's V6 is the same 3.6-liter V6 offered in many Ram, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. Rated at 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of peak torque in the ProMaster, it's hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The ProMaster Window Van 2500 starts at around $30,000, but that really only gets you an empty shell ready for customization. For the extended-length 3500 model, the base price goes up around $4,000. Options are varied and include such things as LED light bars for the cargo area, a spray-on floor liner and a driver suspension seat. You can even delete some standard features, such as the passenger seat and air conditioning, if you really want to go bare-bones and save some money.
But outfitting the ProMaster with what seem like minor options can quickly tack another $5,000 onto the cost. And while that's still very competitive for the class, it's important to remember that you cannot order rear passenger seating from the factory. That's something that will take a third-party provider more time and more money to achieve. But if you have very specific tastes, the ProMaster gives you the option of not paying for any more than you want.
Buying a commercial van is a business decision. It means making a hard-nosed choice about what's best for your needs and which vehicle can meet those needs as efficiently as possible. Edmunds is your partner in getting the perfect 2018 Ram ProMaster Window at the right price to boost your profits.
2018 Ram Promaster Window Van Overview
The 2018 Ram Promaster Window Van is offered in the following styles: 3500 High Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A), and 2500 High Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A).
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