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2019 RAM Promaster Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: August 31, 2019


The RAM ProMaster a cargo van that was made to rival the Ford Transit 150. With massive hauling power and cargo capacity, stemming from either a gasoline V6 or a turbo-diesel inline-4 engine, the ProMaster is the ideal van for all your cargo carrying needs. However, the van is best suited for fleets and not as comfortable as you'd need from a daily driver.

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Pros

Classy interiors

Cons

Body roll through corners

Chunky transmission

Plastic interiors

What's New?

New front grille

No substantial mechanical changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$30895

bodystyle

3dr Cargo Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

220

horsepower

280 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lbs.-ft @ 4175 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

71.3/70.5

dimensions

wheelbase

118 in.

length

195.4 in.

width

82.7 in.

height

88.7 in.

curb weight

4554 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

116.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

259 cu ft.

towing capacity

5100 lbs.

payload capacity

4000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60,000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 RAM Promaster in Black Clear Coat color  2019 RAM Promaster in Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat color  2019 RAM Promaster in Colorado Red Clear Coat color  2019 RAM Promaster in White Clear Coat color  2019 RAM Promaster in Solar Yellow Clear Coat color
Black Clear Coat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 RAM Promaster 1500 Low Roof

1500 Low Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$30,895 - $32,995



 2019 RAM Promaster 1500 High Roof

1500 High Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$33,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1500 High Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $33,595 MSRP TBD 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2   Black Clear Coat
  Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
  Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  Broom Yellow Clear Coat
  Bright White Clear Coat

 2019 RAM Promaster 2500 Low Roof

2500 Low Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$34,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2500 Low Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,145 MSRP TBD 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2   Black Clear Coat
  Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
  Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  Broom Yellow Clear Coat
  Bright White Clear Coat

 2019 RAM Promaster 2500 High Roof

2500 High Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$34,595 - $36,395



 2019 RAM Promaster 3500 Low Roof

3500 Low Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$35,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 Low Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,495 MSRP TBD 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2   Black Clear Coat
  Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat
  Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  Broom Yellow Clear Coat
  Bright White Clear Coat

 2019 RAM Promaster 3500 High Roof

3500 High Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
TBD

$35,795 - $40,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 High Roof 3dr Ext Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $40,395 MSRP TBD 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2

 2019 RAM Promaster High Roof

High Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$36,645


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
High Roof 3dr Cargo Van SB (3.6L 6cyl 6AM) Starting at $36,645 MSRP TBD 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6,
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6-speed automated manual front wheel drive 2

Expert Review


Starting at $34,345, the cargo van gets you the best-in-class turning radius, the lowest load floor height, highest standard cargo height and widest cargo width in its class. The van is easy to load and unload. ParkView Rear Back Up Camera displays the area behind your van on your Uconnect touchscreen to help you navigate when backing up. Lets see how well the ProMaster performs in the real world

2019 RAM Promaster Features

The RAM ProMaster comes in 1500, 2500 and 3500 variants which in turn are available as either high or low roof options. As you move from 1500 to 3500 vans, the respective payload capacity also increases.

Model ProMaster 1500 ProMaster 2500 ProMaster 3500
MSRP $30,645 $34,345 $40,145
Key Features Over 259 Cubic Feet of Cargo Capacity with Upfitter-Friendly Near-Vertical Side Walls 8,900-Pound GVWR 9,350-Pound GVWR
  Sliding Side Doors And Rear Cargo Doors Accommodate Standard Size Pallets Heavy-Duty Four-Wheel Disc Antilock Brakes Heavy-Duty Suspension with Rear Sway Bar
  3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine with 280 Horsepower and 260 Pound-Feet of Torque Heavy-Duty Suspension Over 462 Cubic Feet Of Cargo Volume
  Six-Speed Automatic Transmission (Front-Wheel Drive) and ParkView Rear Back Up Camera ParkView Rear Back Up Camera Accommodates Materials Up To 13 Feet In Length
      ParkView Rear Back Up Camera

We Recommend

You should choose the payload capacity based on your usage and choose the 2500 or 3500 if you're planning on carrying heavy cargo. The high roof is highly recommended as you'd be able to stand up straight in the cargo bay and thus aid the van's accessibility.

2019 RAM Promaster Engine and Performance

Rated to tow up to 6,800 pounds. Ram says the V-6 can travel 10,000 miles between oil changes, which is important to fleet buyers. - Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

With a 3.6L V6 engine powering the hauler, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Ram ProMaster is a very effective and efficient fleet vehicle. It maintains the perfect balance between thrifty and power delivery. on highways, the van may seem restrictive as you push the throttle, but in the city, the V6 gives plenty of torque to pull away from intersections and stop lights.

Models

Ram ProMaster cargo

GMC Savana regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV HD S cargo van

MSRP

$30,645

 

$32,490

$33,790

$34,530

$29,340

Engine

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

4.3L V6

4.3L V6

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.7L V6 Regular Unleaded

4.0L V6 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

9-G Tronic

6 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Horsepower

280 hp@ 6400rpm

276 hp@ 5200rpm

276 hp@ 5200rpm

188 hp@ 5000rpm

275 hp@6000rpm

261 hp@ 5600rpm

Torque

260 ft-lbs@ 4400rpm

298 ft-lbs@ 3900rpm

298 ft-lbs@ 3900rpm

258 ft-lbs@ rpm

260 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

281 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

The GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express vans are essentially rebadged twins from General Motors, have the same engine and powertrain. The Ford Transit van isn't far behind with just 1 horsepower less than the GMC and Chevy. The Nissan NV comes with a 261 hp V6, while the Mercedes Sprinter lags behind with 2.0L inline-4 engine making merely 188 hp.

Acceleration

There practically isn't any test conducted to measure the van's acceleration figures yet; who in their right mind would? The RAM's 3.6L engine is potent enough to haul the fully laden van to 60 from a stop light, but not powerful enough for you to consider taking it to a drag strip - well, you wouldn't if you're sane.

Models

Ram ProMaster cargo

GMC Savana regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV HD S cargo van

0-60 MPH

N/A

7.8 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

4.3L V6

4.3L V6

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.7L V6 Regular Unleaded

4.0L V6 Regular Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

The Ram ProMaster's agility can be equated to that of a boat. Parking and maneuvering tight spaces, may not be the easiest task at hand. The boat-like handling roots from the outdated 2-stage multi-leaf spring mounted at the back. Take a corner at a higher speed and you'd feel van wanting to tip over, due to the body roll.

The antiquated van is not meant to speed around corners, but neither is it made to be comfortable. The suspension deserves better damping, and every undulation in the road is carried through to the cabin. The competition, such as the Ford Transit has a more modern approach to driving dynamics.

Braking

Weighing over 5000 pounds, stopping this mammoth van is not an easy task once the speed builds up. With 11.8 inch discs up front and 11 inches at the back, the brakes work well enough to stop the van even when it's loaded up, and you won't face issues like brake fade after continuous usage.

Model

Ram ProMaster cargo

GMC Savana regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV HD S cargo van

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

12.8

12.8

N/A

12.1

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

11

13.0

13

N/A

12.1

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4644

5158

5225

4696

2788

5819

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The smooth and linear brake pedal works great in conjunction with the in-built trailer braking to keep the hauler in control even on inclines. The Nissan NV van has the largest brakes in the segment which aid its stopping power even while carrying heavy loads.

2019 RAM Promaster Fuel Economy

Model

Ram ProMaster cargo

GMC Savana regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV HD S cargo van

MPG (city)

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (highway)

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

MPG (combined)

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Range (miles) (city/highway)

 

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 RAM Promaster Interior

An impressively low cargo floor makes loading large, heavy items easy. - Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The utility-focussed van has basic and functional cabin starting with plastic interiors to cloth upholstery, and no sign of premium materials. The high seating position means great visibility through the huge front windshield as well as easier parking and maneuvering. However, a few issues like a low roofline and lack of a door behind the driver plague the practicality aspect of the van.

Model

Ram ProMaster cargo

GMC Savana regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV HD S cargo van

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.8/74.8

39.8/68.8/41/3

39.8/68.8/41/3

 

40.8/67.9/41.3

42.8/65.7/42.0

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

 

-

-

In contrast, the new Sprinter has much better headroom and legroom compared to the Chevy Express, with an ergonomically better designed interior. Even the Ford has added a plethora of features to make the Transit relevant for 2019.

Infotainment

The ProMaster minivan, surprisingly, has a quite a responsive and crisp 5.0-inch touchscreen, in the SLT trim, available with Uconnect and integrated voice command, although navigation system is an optional extra. The 4-speaker setup is mediocre at best.

Cargo volume

The RAM ProMaster surpasses any of the other vans my a mile when it comes to cargo capacity, At 353 cu.ft, the capacity is almost a 100 cubic feet more than the competitors like the Ford, Nissan and the GMC. The closest next is the Sprinter from Mercedes with is just a few 30 cu.ft smaller than the RAM.

Model

Ram ProMaster cargo

GMC Savana regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV HD S cargo van

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

353.0

239.7

239.7

319

246.7

234.1

2019 RAM Promaster Exterior

Function inhibits form in the ProMaster and the low, awkward nose offers a good view out front. Ram says the flat face is cheap to fix and we believe them. - Edmunds

Design and Dimensions

The Ram ProMaster van is nowhere near as aggressively styled as its pickup truck brethren. With the generic Ram style front grille either with black plastic bumper or in body paint, the Ram ProMaster looks functional and utilitarian much like the GMC Savana. However, the wedge shaped boxy van is best designed for optimizing the internal storage space.

Model

Ram ProMaster cargo

GMC Savana regular wheelbase cargo van

Chevrolet Express Cargo van

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 150 standard roof van

Ford Transit 150 low roof cargo van

Nissan NV HD S cargo van

Curb weight (lbs.)

4644

5158

5225

4696

2788

5819

Length(in)

213.1

224.1

224.1

233.5

219.9

240.6

Width(in)

80.7

79.2

79.2

92.3

81.3

99.5

Height(in)

88.7

84.6

84.6

96.3

83.6

83.9

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

7.1

7.1

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

136

135.0

135.0

144

129.9

146.1

Track width (in) F/R

71.3/70.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

68.7/68.9

Although the NV is the longest van in the segment it doesn't translate over to a larger cargo bay, and it is also the heaviest van among the competition. Also, the low roof height is the real issue. It makes the van difficult to stand up straight in, for taller users.

2019 RAM Promaster Safety

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control...
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height...
  • ParkView Back-Up Camera
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control...
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height...
  • ParkView Back-Up Camera

2019 RAM Promaster Competition

RAM ProMaster vs Mercedes Sprinter

Sprinter was revived from the dead with a new face, power, and interior. The van manages to ferry cargo in style, it's literally the Mercedes Benz of cargo vans. Its price is a little bit higher than the ProMaster but that's justified. Mercedes delivers you a fine boxy van, they infused their luxury accent to a bit and also keep the utilitarian factor alive. Sprinter has everything to become the next big thing and it will be if Ford didn't do anything. The only place where Sprinter fails to perform is power, else it's a fine option. Sprinter was revived from the dead with a new face, power, and interior. The van manages to ferry cargo in style, it's literally the Mercedes Benz of cargo vans. Its price is a little bit higher than the Transit but that's justified. Mercedes delivers you a fine boxy van, they infused their luxury accent to a bit and also keep the utilitarian factor alive. Sprinter has everything to become the next big thing and it will be if Ford didn't do anything. The only place where Sprinter fails to perform is power, else it's a fine option.

RAM ProMaster vs Nissan NV2500

Nissan NV is a strong offering in the boxy van category but its not enough to beat RAM. RAM's reliability is one thing plus the ProMaster's package as a whole is too savvy to miss. Nissan tries to match the ProMster and puts up a good fight though not enough to overcome RAM. Power on the Nissan is lower than the ProMaster and so is the cargo volume. What the NV offers is low price and that is the only thing which makes a difference. People who run on a budget will like the Nissan NV more, the latter will go for the ProMaster.

2019 RAM Promaster Final Verdict

The RAM ProMaster is a very capable and effective hauler in the van segment, with best in class stats ranging from turning radius to load floor height. Even the cargo capacity is more than any other competitor. However, compared to the Sprinter the interiors are archaic and need an update. As a fleet vehicle, this won't matter to the majority of buyers but still a contributing factor for a few.