2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van

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2017 MODEL
$29,995 - $38,145 See Inventory Prices

5.6

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GMC's cargo van is that elderly person from your neighborhood who can seat more than the fit muscle-heads proved unable. Savana cargo is currently an accomplished contender, furnishing the best with not many overhauls. There is no uncertainty that there are greatly improved alternatives, yet dependability is one key factor that is keeping the GMC alive.

Starting at $30,745, Savana cargo is a cheap option and a reliable one too. Thirty years down the line and there is nothing new to observe in this van, not even a cosmetic facelift. There are some engine upgrades, Savana cargo is now available with a 4.8L V8, which can churn 285hp of power and 295ft-lbs of torque.


5.8/10
Features

 

5.6/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

4.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Not many recommend GMC’s cargo van but in our opinion, GMC’s van is quite tamable. With ample amount of cargo space and best-in-class towing capacity, this van is still in competition and practical at the same time.

2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van Features

5.8/10

Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van comes in two wheelbases 136 and 159 inches, both in the high roof only. As an optional equipment, you can opt for alloy wheels, fog lights. Power-folding/heated side view mirrors, an alarm system, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, cruise control, and an electronic parking brake.

Apart from this, there are some optional packages you can opt for which includes: the Premium Appearance package (chrome grille and fog lights), the Interior Convenience package (overhead shelf, under-seat storage tray, and locking glovebox), the Cargo Convenience group (cargo net and sidewall tie-down rings) and a towing package.

Trim Ram Promaster cargo 2500
MSRP $32,695
Key

 

Features

  • 3.6L 6Cylinder
  • Six-speed automatic
  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Passenger-side sliding door
  • Air-conditioning
  • Power front windows
  • Keyless entry
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Four-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs.

There is not much to choose as 2017 Ram Promaster 2500 comes in only one trim. However, you can choose optional interior Convenience package which adds an overhead shelf, under-seat storage tray, and locking glovebox.

If you are interested in loading your cargo truck with modern tech, you can also opt for Uconnect 5.0 touchscreen, which is a proven user-friendly system and will definitely add a touch of class on the dashboard

2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van Engine

5.6/10

"We like both of the available engines. The standard 3.6-liter gasoline V6 comes straight from Chrysler's car lineup, so it's smooth, quiet and much more refined than you'd expect of a commercial van. The four-cylinder turbodiesel engine's forte is efficiency and low-speed pulling power. It's noisier than the gasoline engine, especially until it warms up, and the transmission it's paired with is unusually clunky through the gears."-Edmunds

Engine & Transmission

The Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van comes standard with a 3.6L V6 engine that produces 260 ft-lbs. at 4175 rpm and a 280 hp at 6400 rpm. The engine feels peppy and carries the loaded van without breaking a sweat.

The 3.6L engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic. The transmission just gets the job done, to say the least. It feels sluggish at times, especially during the time when the van is loaded.

Models Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van Mercedes Benz Sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150  GMC Savana Cargo 2500
MSRP $32,695 $37,995 $31,760 $30,745
Engine 3.6L V6 3.0L V6 3.7L V6 4.8 V8
Transmission 6-Speed automatic 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6400 rpm 188 hp @ 3800 rpm 275 hp @ 6000 rpm 285 hp @ 5400 rpm
Torque produces 260 ft-lbs. @ 4175 rpm 325 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm

In the engine department, the GMC Savana cargo 2500 has a clear upper-hand over all its rivals. The GMC Savana comes with a gem of an engine with 4.8L V8 and even undercuts all its rival in terms of pricing.

Acceleration

Nobody buys a van for Drag Races. Still. Nobody said that even in a cargo van you must be the last one to move when the light turns green. Promaster 2500 takes just 7.7 seconds to reach 60MPH, which is pretty impressive.

Models Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 GMC Savana cargo 2500
0-60 MPH 7.7 sec 12.2 sec 7.5 sec 8.4 sec
Quarter mile 16.1 NA 15.9 sec 16.5 sec
Engine 3.6L 3.0L 3.7L 4.8L
Emission

 

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

NA NA NA NA

Ride and Handling

The Ram Promaster 2500 Cargo van gives us something unique, the short hood. Thanks to the short hood, you sit in a very confidence inspiring position and hence, maneuvering this van in city traffic becomes a piece of cake, especially due to the short turning radius.

The steering is light and effortless to use. There is quite a lot vertical moment when the van is unloaded, but that is something you'll expect from a cargo van. Apart from this, the van handles good and you'll comfortable doing daily delivering duties.

Braking

In the 2017 Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van, you get a 4-wheel disc brake setup. The brake feels progressive and inspires confidence. However, if the van is loaded then it tends to wobble a bit which can be unnerving.

Model Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150  GMC Savana cargo 2500
Brake Front (in.) 11.8 NA 12.1 12.8
Brake Rear (in.) 11.0 NA 12.1 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4,773 5,037 4,998 5,345
60-0 MPH (ft.) NA NA NA NA

Again, the GMC Savana 2500 cargo van triumphs everyone In the brake and feel department. It gives you the largest discs all around. Even after being the heaviest of the lot, the savanna cargo stops steadily.

Towing Capacity

If equipped like-wise the Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van can tow up to a 5100lbs. However, the real beast in towing is the GMC Savana cargo 2500 which tows 10000lbs.

Model Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo van Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130" GMC Savana cargo 2500
Maximum Towing Capacity 5100lbs 5000lbs 4500lbs 10000lbs

The towing capacity of the Savana cargo 2500 can put a lot of pickup trucks from higher segments to shame.

2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Commercial vans like the 2017 Ram Promaster cargo van are not subject to the conventional fuel economy testing by the Environmental Protection Agency and do not have published EPA mpg rating. However, you can expect the Promaster 2500 to return a combined MPG of 17.

Model Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150  GMC Savana cargo 2500
MPG (city) Na 14 14 11
MPG (highway) Na NA 18 17
MPG (combined) 17 NA 16 16

2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van Interior

"A big commercial van is for work boots and old gloves, but the 2017 Ram ProMaster still delivers on comfort and convenience. An available suspension-enhanced driver’s seat provides long-haul comfort, and available swiveling seats ease access to the rear."-KelleyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

FUNCTIONAL! That sums up the interiors of the 2017 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo van. Getting in and out is a breeze, especially with the optional sliding doors. The all back dashboard is laid out nicely keeping ergonomics in mind.

Model Ram Promaster cargo 2500 Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150  GMC Savana cargo 2500
Passenger capacity 2 2 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) NA/74.8/38.8 47.1/67.7/38.9 40.8/67.9/39.7 39.8/68.8/41.3

There are a lot of cubby holes to keep your things. The gear-lever is placed on the dashboard right next to climate control. The gauges are large and clear and you do get a multi-information display placed in the center of the console.

Other Seating options include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Cloth bucket seats
  • Power front windows, power locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Four-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs.

Infotainment

In the Ram Promaster cargo 2500, you get a 4-speaker audio system with USB and Auxiliary inputs. This basic system is best for those who like no-nonsense things. However, if you are into modern tech, you can upgrade to the Uconnect 5.0 touchscreen system.

Other infotainment features include (for Uconnect 5.0)

  • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
  • Voice commands
  • Steering-wheel controls
  • GPS navigation
  • Internet connectivity
  • Reverse camera

Cargo Volume

The department where the Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van outshines every van in competition is the cargo volume. At 406 cubic ft., the cargo volume of the Promaster 2500 is almost double what its competitors offer.

Model Ram Promaster 2500 cargo van Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130" GMC Savana cargo 2500
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 406.0 319.1 246.0 239.7

2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van Exterior

4.0/10

"Ram ProMaster lineup offers good utility, as long as you're not looking for any semblance of style." -TheCarConnection

Dimension and Weight

The Ram ProMaster cargo looks comical, to say the least. The face looks like an Anime character. The slanted front with large bumper looks odd. At the rear, the things do get better as it looks like a conventional van.

Model Ram Promaster cargo 2500 Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 GMC Savana cargo 2500
Curb weight (lbs.) 4,773 5,037 4,998 5,345
Length(in) 213.1 233.3 217.8 224.1
Width(in) 82.7 79.7 81.3 79.2
Height(in) 101.0 94.7 100.8 84.6
Ground clearance (in) F/R 6.9/6.9 7.9/7.9 NA 7.1
Wheelbase (in) 136.0 144.3 129.9 135.0
Track width (in) F/R N/A 67.9/68.1 68.2/68.6 68.1/70.0

The ProMaster 2500 cargo definitely has the weight advantage over its rivals at 4,773 lbs. This cargo van is not only the lightest but also the widest. So, if only practicality is your need, then this is the right van for you. 

Exterior Features

Exterior features include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Passenger-side sliding door
  • Alloy wheels(optional)
  • Fog lights and daytime running lights(optional)
  • power-folding/heated side view mirrors(optional)

2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van Safety

Commercial cargo vans like the ProMaster 2500 are not tested by NHSTA or IIHSA. Although, the Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo comes with a host of safety features to keep safety in check under almost all circumstances.

On the reliability front, the Ram offers 3 year-36000 miles overall warranty on their cargo van.

Safety features

  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Front Head Airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist

 

2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van Competition

Ram ProMaster cargo 2500 vs Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo 2500

If you buy something with a Mercedes-Benz badge on it, then expect it to be reliable, and built-to-last. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cargo 2500 is just that. The plastics qualities are best in class, and so is the refinement levels and equipment quality.

However, the Sprinter cargo 2500 comes at a premium price than the ProMaster cargo 2500, but has almost 90hp less, smaller cargo, even the acceleration feels dull. So, move over the badge and buy a Promaster 2500 cargo.

Ram Promaster cargo 2500 Vs Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150

With 150 cubic ft. cargo space, better towing capacity, and better overall fuel economy, the ProMaster 2500 cargo is a better van than the Ford Transit Cargo. However, the wide service network of the Ford do makes a difference.

Ram ProMaster cargo 2500 vs GMC Savana cargo 2500

The GMC Savana is the only car in this competition to offer a V8, despite having the bigger engine the car is priced cheaper than the ProMaster Cargo 2500. The pulling capacity of the Savana cargo 2500 is 10000lbs which is double of what you get in the ProMaster.

The Savana even looks better than the ProMaster but the plastic quality might feel built-to-cost. The front-wheel-drive ProMaster drives better than the rear-wheel drive Savana. But still, if towing and commercial work is your need, then the GMC Savana 2500 cargo is the van for you.

2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van Final Verdict

The 2017 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo might look out of the world (in a bad way), but still, it offers tons and tons of practicality at a pretty reasonable price. The add-on packages are good, which means you can customize the van the way you want.

Although, if only practicality is not your thing, and you are buying a commercial van for daily use then the Mercedes Sprinter looks decent, and GMC Savana cargo offers the best engine and power.

Pros

Payload capacity of 5,160 pounds

An array of bosy styles

Internet connection availability

FWD configuration offers better performance

Cons

Not so comfortable driving position

Less towing capacity than its peers

Unresponsive automatic transmission on diesel trims

What's New?

No significant Change for this year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29995

bodystyle

3dr Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

220 cu. in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 4175 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

front independent suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in./11.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

118 in.

length

195 in.

width

80.7 in.

height

88.7 in.

curb weight

4560 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

283 cu ft.

towing capacity

5100 lbs.

payload capacity

3990 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.1 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van in Bright White Clear Coat color  2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van in Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat color  2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van in Black Clear Coat color
Bright White 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.

Ratings

Features

5.8

Engine

5.6

Fuel Economy

7.1

Exterior

4.0

5.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van 1500 Low Roof

1500 Low Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
N/A

$29,995 - $30,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1500 Low Roof 3dr Van w/118" Wheelbase (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $29,995 MSRP N/A 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
1500 Low Roof 3dr Van w/136" Wheelbase (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $30,795 MSRP N/A 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA

 2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van 2500 High Roof

2500 High Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
N/A

$32,695 - $34,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2500 High Roof 3dr Van w/136" Wheelbase (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $32,695 MSRP N/A 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
2500 High Roof 3dr Van w/159" Wheelbase (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,295 MSRP N/A 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA

 2017 RAM Promaster Cargo Van 3500 High Roof

3500 High Roof

power
280 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
N/A

$35,495 - $38,145


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3500 High Roof 3dr Van (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,495 MSRP N/A 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA
3500 High Roof 3dr Van w/Extended Length (3.6L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $38,145 MSRP N/A 280 hp @ 6400 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic front wheel drive 2 NA

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