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2015 Ram ProMaster

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/13/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

New in the U.S. for the 2014 model year, the Ram ProMaster enters 2015 unchanged.

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Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Ram ProMaster is a full-size commercial vehicle based on a Fiat van sold in Europe. It's offered with two engines choices, three wheelbase lengths, and two roof heights.

Overview

The 2015 Ram ProMaster is available with a 174-hp turbodiesel 3.0-liter I-4 with 295 lb-ft, mated to a six-speed automated manual transmission. Also available is a gas-powered 3.6-liter V-6 with 280 hp and 260 lb-ft mated to a six-speed automatic, which provides good acceleration for its size. The ride is "fairly comfortable for a commercial van," with little roughness entering the cabin. The van's small turning radius and low load floor are strong points thanks to its front-drive layout.

Inside, the 2015 ProMaster's biggest problem is the awkward driving position with a flat steering wheel that's "placed fairly far away from the driver" and pedals that are extremely close to one another. While the infotainment is easy to use, the small screen is hard to read and far from the driver's reach, "making it difficult to read without being distracted from the road." Additionally, the rearview camera isn't standard equipment and is bundled together with the navigation system.

The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested the 2015 Ram ProMaster.

What We Think

The 2015 Ram ProMaster is a good choice among commercial vehicles since it offers a high level of convenience such as a low load height, small turning radius, and powerful engines. In a 2014 First Test, we said that the vans was "legitimately quick" when equipped with the 3.6-liter V-6, giving it good acceleration for a vehicle its size. Its interior ergonomics, however, are poor as we noted in a 2014 First Drive with controls that are far away from the driver and poorly spaced pedals. Additionally, its exterior styling may put off buyers due to its odd looks that favor functionality and utilitarianism over style.

You'll Like

  • Small turning radius
  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Low load floor

You Won't Like

  • Poor cabin ergonomics
  • Rearview camera not standard
  • Odd exterior styling

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Express
  • Ford Transit Cargo/Wagon
  • GMC Savana
  • Nissan NV Series
  • Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Rating

3 star

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