Review: 2018 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

Review: 2018 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

Boston area drivers who need a cargo van for professional use should come to McGovern in Newton today to see the 2018Ram ProMaster Cargo Van.

The ProMaster was rated best-in-class for cargo height and width, as well as turning diameter, so it's both spacious and easy to drive – a rare combination for cargo vans. Plus, it's the only vehicle in its class with front-wheel drive, which gives you better traction on the road and lighter weight.

In our full review below, we’ll tell you everything you can expect from the ProMaster Cargo Van so you can come armed with knowledge when you take one for a test drive:

Interior Space and Cargo Features

ProMaster Cargo Van models include the 1500, 2500, and 3500. The 1500 comes with a Standard Roof that’s 65.4 inches or a High Roof that’s 76 inches. The ProMaster 2500 and 3500 have High Roofs only. Models with a standard roof have 303.7 cubic feet of cargo area, while high roof models have 462.8 cubes, though cargo area varies depending on the wheelbase you choose.

All models have a load floor height of 21 inches, with rear doors measuring 61 inches high and 59.8 inches wide. Standard-roof models have side doors that measure 58.5 inches high and 49.2 inches wide, while high-roof models’ side doors are 69 inches high.

Available interior features include LED Cargo Area Lighting, rear door assist handle, cargo partitions with or without sliding windows, floor and side-wall cargo tie-downs, a high headliner, and a  rear door storage net. You can also add a shelf above roof trim, spray-on floor liner, Upfit Interface Connectors, Upper and Lower Wall Panels, and a rear wood floor. Talk to your McGovern dealer about all the options available from the Mopar Custom Shop.

Performance and Capability

The 2018 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van gets its power from a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. When properly equipped with the Trailer Tow Group (class IV hitch receiver and 4/7-pin wiring harness) the ProMaster can tow up to 5,100 pounds. Maximum payload is 4,340 pounds.

The Ram cargo van has a best-in-class turning diameter of 36.3 feet, so it's easy to maneuver in tight spots. Plus, it has high-performance Brembo brakes and a MacPherson strut front suspension for a smooth, controlled ride. The ProMaster is also available with an auxiliary power connector, cruise control, Electronic Stability Control, an Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, Engine Block Heater, and full-size spare tire.

Comfort and Entertainment

Your cargo van is available with power-adjustable seating, heated front seats, and Rear Heater/Air Conditioning. Standard features include rear-speaker wiring prep and Uconnect 3 infotainment with a 5-inch display, Media Hub, and USB and auxiliary input. Available features include Mopar Web Wi-Fi Hotspot, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and Uconnect 3 with Navigation.

Driver assistance technology includes ParkSense Rear Park Assist, ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera, and a rear back-up camera kit. Remote start and a security alarm are also available.

Pricing

Starting at $32,495 MSRP