/*]]>*/

Reviews

2015 Ram ProMaster City Walk Around


ProMaster City is a sharp edged box with rounded nose, typical of vehicles where function drives design. Most cargo is angular so the working part is very close to box like, and taller than it is wide, while the front is designed for aerodynamics, visibility and serviced-ability.

The hood is low for a 6-foot-plus high vehicle, in profile appearing much like the steel-toe of a work boot. Painted bumpers of the SLT versions improve visual appeal considerably, while the standard pieces won’t show scuffs from close calls and errant delivery trolleys as easily.

At the back, offset 60/40 barn doors open easily with a vertical handle like the side doors. The wider door is driver side so there’s some cargo area access without standing toward traffic, and better access in tight confines. Vertical tail lights are located high where they are better protected from impact and provide good situational awareness.

Cargo vans come with closed panel doors but may be optioned with glass like the Wagons use. A rear wipe/wash/defrost package is optional and wipes the left window, defrosts both, and all doors open to 90 degrees, or by a simple manual release, to 180 degrees for walk-up loading from a platform. A rear camera and parking sensors enable you to back within millimeters of any wall or platform.

Front windows begin low like the hood and taper up rearward, as does the character line that defines rear side door windows. Those doors are 26 inches wide and 46 inches high, allowing easy access to cargo or the three-person bench seat, and you can open them fully even if parked within a foot of an adjacent vehicle or wall. Doors slide rearward and use a positive latch stop so you must press a release button to close them; a steep hill or gently nudge will not accidentally close them. The step-in height is less than 19 inches, lower than many crossovers and SUVs.

Wagons have side windows with pop-out ventilation, and Cargo vans may be fitted with side door windows. All PM City are prepared for an optional roof rack, rated for 154-pound roof load.

Interior

ProMaster City’s interior is simple, easy to operate and neither austere nor shows any signs of luxury. By intended mission, Wagon is nicer than Tradesman and SLT makes either more car-like.

Cloth seats are easy to slide in and out of, though we can’t speak to comfort if you empty the fuel tank in one trip. The driving position is more car-like than van, so you’ll feel more like you’re in a big Dodge Dart or Transit Connect than a Nissan NV200, Chevy City Express or the full-size Ram ProMaster. Legroom is good in both rows, although your correspondent’s 75-inch frame felt about the limit ahead of the Tradesman available cargo partition wall, and headroom exceeds anything except some other vans.

The Wagon’s 60/40-split rear bench is contoured as three equal seats, and with nearly five feet of hip room we’d have to consider it a strong contender if you deal with three child seats regularly. The seat is higher than the front affording rear passengers a better view than average, and it folds and tumbles forward to increase cargo area.

Cargo area on the Wagon is 45 inches long behind rear seats in use, nearly 69 if they’re tumbled forward, while width and height approximate four feet. The rear-door opening is more than four feet square, the load deck 21.5 inches so your big dogs will hop right in and capacity approaches 75 cubic feet. A Wagon can carry close to 1700 pounds, eclipsing most mid-size and some full-size wagons, crossovers and SUVs.

Although the ProMaster City is approximately the size of the long-wheelbase Transit Connect there is no third-row seat option at this time.

Tradesman cargo area is 131.7 cubic feet, the longest piece 87 inches long and height nearly 52 inches. A four-foot wide pallet will fit flat on the floor between the wheels, there are six D-ring tie-downs in the floor and a flush-fit non-slip vinyl mat is available, as are a variety of shelves, racks, and a driver compartment partition with or without a window. Tradesman can carry more than 1800 pounds of cargo, more than most half-ton pickup configurations.

A tilt/telescoping wheel eases gauge viewing, as do big digits in the trip computer display. Simple analog instruments include temperature and fuel, so if your hired driver runs out of gas it’s purely operator error.

Everything inside is easy to work, even in gloved hands, from integrated door handle/locks to climate and driving controls. You may need to remove gloves for some of the steering wheel buttons or the touchscreen, but the control layout here feels easier to operate than the competition. Storage bins are variously sized and placed for all the junk you have, door cupholders large enough for commercial-grade beverage containers.

There are only two obvious ergonomic nuisances. One is the mirror controls, primarily if more than one person drives it regularly: The standard manual remote means a reach across for the right side and forward for the left, and the power mirror switch is also a reach, so you can’t set either in your regular deriving position. The second is the overhead storage bin which has generous volume, because things may slide forward where you can’t see them, or to the other side. I quickly learned to make my last hard turn a right so my phone, wallet and so on slid back to the driver side.

Air conditioning, USB/auxiliary in ports and 12-volt outlets clearly labeled powered with the key on are standard. The optional touchscreen is quick and effective, and either ProMaster City can be equipped with navigation, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, vehicle tracking and UConnect Web access.

* The advertised price does not include sales tax, vehicle registration fees, other fees required by law, finance charges and any documentation charges.

* Images, prices, and options shown, including vehicle color, trim, options, pricing and other specifications are subject to availability, incentive offerings, current pricing and credit worthiness.

Request More Info

By submitting your contact information, you consent to be contacted by telephone about purchasing a vehicle or obtaining vehicle financing. Clicking on the Submit button above is your electronic signature.