In the van world, there are really only two major competitors from American brands. And those would be the Ram ProMaster and the Ford Transit. Both vehicles are available in a variety of configurations, including vans, but how exactly do they compare?
What is the 2023 Ram ProMaster?
The Ram ProMaster is designed for delivery drivers, tradesmen and those hoping to make a living in the van life. It is powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine found in many FCA vehicles. The engine produces 276 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty of power for a vehicle of this size.
Unfortunately, unlike the Ford Transit, the ProMaster is not available with four-wheel drive. And that might be a downside for some. Especially those looking to convert the Ram ProMaster into an adventure van.
The 2023 ProMaster has serious cargo space
While the Ford Transit may best the ProMaster in terms of total cargo volume, the ProMaster still offers legitimate cargo space. When properly equipped, this van offers up to 520 cubic feet of cargo volume and has a cargo height of 86 inches.
That should be plenty of room for most uses, but you’ll need to go for the super high roof to get it. The standard roof configuration has a maximum of 304 cubic feet of cargo space and a maximum cargo height of 66 inches.
The Ram van has more safety equipment
When it comes to safety features, the Ram wins over the ProMaster Transit. According to Car and Driver, it has forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking as standard. You also get standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
If you’re going to convert a van into a camper, you’re probably going to be driving long distances. The optional adaptive cruise control can help with those pesky road trips, and it’s even equipped with stop-and-go technology.
How expensive is the Ram ProMaster?
The 2023 ProMaster has a starting price of $38,260. By comparison, the 2023 Ford Transit has an MSRP of $43,455, making it more expensive. Even the base model of the ProMaster 1500 has a whole range of standard equipment. And buyers can opt for a roll-up rear door, which can be more convenient than traditional hinged doors.
Because full-size vans are not subject to fuel economy standards, the EPA has not given it an estimated fuel economy. Needless to say, this vehicle’s mpg probably won’t be great. But people interested in a commercial vehicle probably won’t mind such a blow.
It’s worth noting that the ProMaster’s cabin doesn’t look as nice as the Transit’s. And it certainly can’t compete with the Mercedes Sprinter van. But with that in mind, the 2023 Ram ProMaster should be decent enough. Especially with its standard V6 engine and the safety equipment that comes with it.