2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon

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$25,945 - $27,595

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2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Amratya Nigam Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 13, 2019


If you have a big family and utility is the topmost priority for you, then the RAM ProMaster City is your answer. The ProMaster falls in the middle of the Goldilocks zone. It's big enough to have the best-in-class practicality and small enough to weave through city streets. The low floor and huge doors make it easy to get in and out, while the 5.0-inch infotainment provides you support throughout the drive. Despite offering all this, it still remains to be one of the most affordable vans in the segment.

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Pros

High payload capacity

Easy access to second and third row

Powerful and efficient engine

Cons

Considerable body roll creeps in

Chunky transmission

Plastic interiors

What's New?

Refreshed front grille


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25945

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

144 cu.in.

horsepower

178 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

174 lbs.-ft @ 3800 rpm

transmission

9-speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/heavy-duty anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60/60.9

dimensions

wheelbase

122.4 in.

length

187.1 in.

width

72.1 in.

height

74 in.

curb weight

3635 lbs.

ground clearance

5.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

101.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

1914 lbs.

payload capacity

1760 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/28 mpg

highway range

448 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon in Broom Yellow color  2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon in Bright Red color  2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon in Deep Red Metallic color  2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon in Smokey Quartz Metallic color  2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon in Silver Metallic color
Broom Yellow

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Ratings

Features

2.0

Engine And Performance

4.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

2.0

3.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Wagon

Wagon

power
178 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$25,945


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $25,945 MSRP (21/24/28) 178 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
9-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Bright White
  Bright Red
  Broom Yellow
  Blue Night Metallic
  Quartz Grey Metallic
  Deep Red Metallic
  Silver Metallic

 2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Wagon SLT

Wagon SLT

power
178 hp @ 6400 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$27,595


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr Minivan (2.4L 4cyl 9A) Starting at $27,595 MSRP (21/24/28) 178 hp @ 6400 rpm, 2.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
9-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Bright White
  Bright Red
  Broom Yellow
  Blue Night Metallic
  Quartz Grey Metallic
  Deep Red Metallic
  Silver Metallic

Expert Review

3.2

Overall Rating


Could you really ask for anything more at an unbelievable starting price of $23,495? With an all-American Chrysler-sourced 2.4L, inline-4 motor under the hood, power is delivered to the front wheels through a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Though not very exciting, it doesn't break a sweat to climb the steepest of terrains. To give a little more family-car touch, the SLT trim takes things up a notch as it brings along some essential features to keep the occupants engulfed in comfort.

But the real question is, can the Ram ProMaster compete against the newly introduced Mercedes Metris or the Chevy Express? With a boatload of competition to choose from, let’s see how the ProMaster fares against the rivals in this segment.

2019 RAM ProMaster City Wagon Front Three-quarter View
2019 RAM ProMaster City Wagon Front Three-quarter View
2019 RAM ProMaster City Wagon Rear Three-quarter View
2019 RAM ProMaster City Wagon Rear Three-quarter View

2.0/10
Features

 

4.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

2.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Features

2.0/10

The base level trim of the ProMaster Tradesman has a bare-bones interior, but offers a great value-for-money minivan. The higher SLT trim includes a few more optional features at a premium of about $2000. Apart from the Tradesman cargo version, the ProMaster City is also offered in a Wagon and Wagon SLT trim as a 7-seater.

Trim

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman

Ram ProMaster City Tradesman SLT

MSRP

$26,045

$28,192

Key Features

60/40 split rear doors.

Body colored front fascia and side mirrors

 

Low-Load floor height

5.0" touchscreen infotainment

 

 

Leather-wrapped steering

We Recommend

The SLT trim is the best bang for your buck, adding much needed features to your van if you're planning to spend your whole day at the driver's seat. The premium touch of leather seats and the 5-inch infotainment is highly recommended in the otherwise barebones minivan.

2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Engine and Performance

4.0/10

"The engine has reasonable pep around town and on the highway, but it hesitates to downshift and seems even more confused at highway speeds." - Car Connection

Equipped with Chrysler's 2.4L inline-4 engine powering the front wheels, the minivan revs like a small hatchback. In the city, the 178 hp engine feels punchy and responsive, but it feels underpowered once you reach the highway. Unlike the Ford, there is no turbo diesel engine available for.

Models

Ram Promaster City Wagon

Ford Transit 150 XL Lowroof Passenger van

Mercedes Metris Worker passenger van

MSRP

$26,045

$37,325

$58,800

Engine

2.4L i4 Regular Unleaded

3.7L V6 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

9 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

Horsepower

178 hp@ 6400rpm

275 hp@ 6000rpm

208 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

174 ft-lbs@ 3800rpm

260 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1250 rpm

The 9-speed automatic transmission is nothing out of ordinary, it's functional and gets the job done. The Mercedes Metris is a powerful alternative to the Ram, while all other minivans have much lower horsepower than the Ram like the Chevrolet City Express.

Acceleration

High speed acceleration is not really a minivan's forte, the only time you'd feel the dearth thereof is when you pull away from a stop light. Getting to a 60 mph is quite a task for the fuel economy focused minivan. When the minivan is full with passengers, it gets even slower. However, the engine will get you going even if you put a 2000 lb trailer in the back.

Models

Ram Promaster City Wagon

Ford Transit 150 XL Lowroof Passenger van

Mercedes Metris Worker passenger van

0-60 MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

N/A

Engine

2.4L i4 Regular Unleaded

3.7L V6 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

Along with a hatchback-like engine, the driving dynamics of the minivan also mimic one. The nimble and swift handling in the city makes the ProMaster City Wagon a sensible choice as a fleet vehicle, and a better alternative to the hefty Mercedes-Benz Metris is competes with.

However, if you try taking a corner at speeds higher than 20 you will definitely notice the body roll which follows. The tall, narrow minivan is not designed to handle high speed corners and nor does the soft suspension support it. Aside from that, the minivan rides smooth in city and absorbs most of the bumps and jerks from rough roads, thanks to the bi-link coil suspension in the rear.

Braking

The Ram ProMaster still hasn't upgraded the rear drum brakes, but it really doesn't need to. For a minivan they work perfectly and you won't experience any brake fade up on continuous usage. However, the suspensions have a hard time keeping up with sudden braking and loading up the cargo bay makes the disc brakes feel like a necessary upgrade.

Model

Ram Promaster City Wagon

Ford Transit 150 XL Lowroof Passenger van

Mercedes Metris Worker passenger van

Brake Front (in.)

12

12.1

N/A

Brake Rear (in.)

10

12.1

N/A

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3635

5510

5048

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Fuel Economy

4.0/10

In terms of efficiency, the Ram ProMaster is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Chrysler has sacrificed a few mpgs to keep the engine powerful and ahead of other minivans. In the city the Ram manages 21 miles to the gallon while the highway mileage is much better at 28 miles to the gallon.

Model

Ram Promaster City Wagon

Ford Transit 150 XL Lowroof Passenger van

Mercedes Metris Worker passenger van

MPG (city)

21

14

19

MPG (highway)

28

18

23

MPG (combined)

24

15

21

Tank Capacity (gal)

16.0

25.0

18.5

In comparison, almost every minivan apart from the Merc manages a mileage of 24 in the city and about 26 mpg on highways. The Metris with the extra power has similar economy to the Ram ProMaster.

2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Interior

"Offered in two-seat cargo and five-seat passenger versions. The maximum payload of the cargo variant is 1,885 lbs (855 kg), while the cargo volume is rated at 131.7 cubic feet." - Motor1

Seating and Comfort

The high seating position aids the excellent visibility, essential for navigating and parking. The interior is bare-bones but spacious and well-laid out. Ram has prioritized functionality over luxury. For long journeys, the seating may not be the most comfortable place to be in. It is relatively easy to access the second row seats compared to the third row, being more spacious as well.

Model

Ram Promaster City Wagon

Ford Transit 150 XL Lowroof Passenger van

Mercedes Metris Worker passenger van

Passenger capacity

5

8

7

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

46/59.3/40.8

40.8/67.9/41.3

39.6/NA/NA

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

44/58/38.1

41.1/71.4/33.7

41.4/NA/NA

The plastic-clad interior is far from premium, but you can't expect premium at the price point. Getting the SLT variant adds cloth-bucket seats, leather-wrapped steering to your interior.

Infotainment System

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 Capacity

Contrary to what you might think, the smaller footprint of the ProMaster does not translate to a smaller cargo bay. After the Metris, the ProMaster boasts the biggest cargo storage in its class. The seats stow away and the low loading floor with 60/40 split rear door make it easy to load and unload.

Model

Ram Promaster City Wagon

Ford Transit 150 XL Lowroof Passenger van

Mercedes Metris Worker passenger van

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

101.7

94.2

78.6

With the smaller door on the curb-side, 180-degree door can swing open even in cramped spaces. The seats fold down flat in the cargo bay, which includes six tie-down anchors to prevent your stuff from moving around.

2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Exterior

2.0/10

"ProMaster City gets a grille more in line with the rest of the Ram brand. A "RAM" badge is emblazoned across the small van's face instead of the Dodge-esque crosshair grille." - Car Connection

Design and Dimensions

For 2019 Ram has revised the front grille replacing the cross with huge letters RAM, making the awkward minivan slightly more bearable to look at. The bulging headlights on a duck-like snout followed a boxy compact minivan is a departure from the aggressive styling on the Ram pickup trucks.

Model

Ram Promaster City Wagon

Ford Transit 150 XL Lowroof Passenger van

Mercedes Metris Worker passenger van

Curb weight (lbs.)

3635

5510

5048

Length(in)

187.1

219.8

202.4

Width(in)

72.1

81.3

88.3

Height(in)

74.2

82.2

74.4

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

7.1

3.8

Wheelbase (in)

122.4

129.9

126

Track width (in) F/R

60/60.9

68.2/68.6

N/A

The longer, wider and heavier Metris carries the inherent bulkiness of a large van, which the ProMaster has decidedly tried to avoid. The minivans from Nissan and Ford follow suit with a small footprint rather than the orthodox approach.

2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Safety

There are plenty of features in the RAM and a few of them are listed below:

  • 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
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height...
  • Back-Up Camera

2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Competition

Ram ProMaster City Wagon vs Ford Transit 150

The Ram ProMaster is the toughest rival the Ford Transit faces, it comes with more power and a larger passenger bay, the basic necessities of an effective hauler. However, the Ford makes up for that with a better cabin and a high-tech infotainment. Ram also lacks a diesel engine which Ford introduced for 2019. The turbodiesel adds punchy torque to the lower rvs and increases the payload capacity significantly, making it a better choice for you.

Ram ProMaster City Wagon vs Mercedes Metris

The Mercedes Metris is larger than a common minivan but not up to full size van standards. Compared to the Ram ProMaster City Wagon, the Metris is a much more expensive option, but for that price, you get a better drivetrain, bigger passenger bay and more facilities in the cabin. At a tighter budget the Ram is a perfectly viable alternative with a smaller hauling capacity.

2019 RAM Promaster City Wagon Final Verdict

The Ram ProMaster City Wagon is a dependable minivan with comfortable interiors and a tech-rich cabin. However, in terms of practicality i.e. passenger capacity, the Ram lags behind the rival minivans. Apart from that, the Ram is a very modern and powerful minivan which can handle any obstacle you throw at it. The prime highlight of the ProMaster is the amazing ride quality and handling in the city.