Used 2015 Ram ProMaster City Van/Minivan
Ram ProMaster City Van/Minivan
Based on Fiat’s Doblo, the new ProMaster City enters the escalating Class 1 van wars to challenge the Ford Transit Connect and Nissan NV200.
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The 2015 Ram ProMaster City expands a steadily growing influx of all-purpose metropolitan haulers, a breed of vans with a long history in Europe but new to North America. Tall and spacious with a smallish footprint, they’re ideal for urban commercial applications. An adaptation of the 3rd-generation Fiat Doblo and offered in cargo and passenger editions, the newest Ram van brings several best-in-class credentials to the division’s 2300 dealers: best power (178 horsepower from Chrysler’s 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder); best cargo capacity; best payload rating. Smooth ride quality, an exceptionally tight turning circle, and Chrysler’s excellent 9-speed automatic transmission all conspire to distinguish the ProMaster City from its competition – the Ford Transit Connect, Nissan NV200 and the City Express, a Chevrolet version of the NV200.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you’re in a business that involves deliveries or service activities such as plumbing, locksmithing or home improvement in a metro area, the Ram ProMaster City deserves a look. With its best-in-class cargo capacity, best-in-class payload, solid comfort quotient and respectable performance, the ProMaster City is ideal for a small business owner.
You May Not Like This Car If...
The new ProMaster City is not for you if minimum price is the top priority – usually the case for fleet buyers, for instance. The Nissan NV200 commands the low end of the purchase spectrum among vans of this type.
What's New for 2015
The Ram ProMaster City is based on Fiat’s Doblo, which has just embarked on its third generation in European markets, where it has had a long and successful run. This is its first appearance in North America.
Ram Truck spokesmen describe the 2015 ProMaster City as “urban nimble,” a characterization that depends on one’s definition of nimble. With its lofty aspect ratio (width to height), there’s rock and roll in rapid maneuvers, a dynamic trait common to all vans of this type. On the other hand, ride quality is smooth, the driver’s forward sightlines are very good, the turning radius is exceptionally tight (32 feet), and acceleration is reasonably brisk for this type of van (the company claims 0-to-30 mph in 3.7 seconds). There are two keys to this van’s deportment: the design and tuning of its independent rear suspension system; and the exceptionally smooth operation of the 9-speed automatic transmission, which keeps the 2.4-liter engine in the sweet spot of its powerband.
9-SPEED AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Manufactured under license from ZF, this transmission is smooth, responsive and makes the most of the engine’s power, for acceleration and/or fuel economy. Operating in manual mode, the transmission will hold the selected gear, without upshifting on its own.
INTEGRATED DOOR LATCH AND LOCK
Built into the front-door armrests, this clever design combines the locking and door opening functions in one fixture. Push down, and the doors lock. Pull up, and they unlock. Pull all the way up, and the door opens.
Materials inside the 2015 ProMaster City measure up well against the Ford Transit Connect, and distinctly upscale versus Nissan’s NV200. The upholstery is first-rate, and the seats are well designed for comfort as well as ingress-egress, important for delivery services. An overhead shelf at the top of the windshield is handy for stowing loose papers and small objects (Ford’s Transit Connect also has this feature), and the combination lock/latch in the front door armrests is a clever design feature. SL trims are well equipped, though rear-seat legroom is tight in Wagon models.
Aside from front fascias (which differ slightly between cargo and passenger versions) and Ram badges, the ProMaster City’s appearance is similar to its competition: tall profile (74 inches); droopy snoot, affording good forward vision; sliding rear side doors (no power option); vertical rear doors split 60/40 and are capable of opening 180 degrees; low step-in and load floor. The van rolls on 16-inch wheels, backed by disc brakes at the front, drums at the rear. Two-seat Tradesman models offer choices of no rear side or rear windows, rear windows only, or windows all around.
Notable Standard Equipment
While the basic ProMaster City feels a little Spartan, it is not a stripper. Standard features include halogen headlamps, air conditioning, tilt/telescope steering wheel, power door locks, keyless remote entry, cargo area tie-down loops, and a limited version of Chrysler’s Uconnect (3.0) infotainment system with 4-speaker AM/FM audio, USB port and auxiliary input. All the vans come with front airbags, a driver’s inflatable knee bolster, front side-curtain airbags, front and rear curtain airbags (Wagon), and stability control.
Notable Optional Equipment
Like its Class 1 competition, the ProMaster City can’t be accused of hedonism, but does offer options that make the going a little easier. Tops under this heading is Uconnect 5.0, which includes a 5-inch color touch-screen media hub, TomTom navigation, USB port and auxiliary input. Opting for Uconnect 5.0 allows buyers to also add Internet connectivity and satellite radio. The Popular Equipment group includes heated front seats and six speakers (Wagon only), the rearview camera group is a must for vans lacking rear windows, and a rear wiper/washer/defroster option is a must for those that do have rear windows.
Under the Hood
The ProMaster City is propelled by Chrysler’s 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder, paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, driving the front wheels. It’s the same combination employed in the basic Chrysler 200 sedan, with small differences in output – a little less peak horsepower. The numbers allow Ram Truck to claim best-in-class standard engine power for this class. The engines are assembled at Chrysler’s factory in Michigan, and bolted into the van’s unibody at a factory in Tofas, Turkey. Fiat offers a 2.0-liter turbodiesel in the European version of this van, but has no plans to make this engine available in North America.
178 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
174 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/29 mpg
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the basic Tradesman cargo version of the 2015 Ram ProMaster City is $24,125, while the 5-passenger Wagon version adds $1,000. The better-equipped SLT trims are priced at $25,650 and $26,650, Tradesman and Wagon, respectively. A heavily optioned SLT Cargo edition (popular equipment group, including TomTom navigation; lights and wheels [aluminum alloy] group; rear windows; rear side windows; rearview camera; trailer towing package) carried an MSRP of $29,465. Ram ProMaster City pricing essentially parallels that of the Ford Transit Connect and Transit Wagon, but is roughly $2,000 higher than that of the Nissan NV200, which is offered in cargo trim only. Check out KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for the Ram ProMaster City. Since it’s new to North America, the van’s resale value remains to be seen.
Ram ProMaster City Consumer Reviews
July 26, 2018
Very good fuel mileage--26/27 city 28/29 highway
Overall great cargo and weight carrying capacity...parking brake interferes with cup-holder if you try and use both at the same time.....
July 15, 2018
very handy van
Very handy van easy to work out of.The low entry height to access the cargo area allow you to reach in for tools and not have to step in...
December 22, 2017
Nothing fancy, very competent.
I have owned the (standard passenger version) City for about 5 months. Sticker price was about 26.5k, I paid about 21k total, including...
November 01, 2016
Daily driver, camper and occaisional cargo hauler
I got a smoking deal on this van $20500 Canadian dollars. I get great fuel economy and it has all the power I need. I bought this to...
April 09, 2018
No sound proofing great MPG,Peppy
2015 Promaster 4D SLT - 2 passenger Cargo Van Its a cargo van so there is no sound proofing. Road noise transmitted inside. Great gas...
December 22, 2017
Overall Good Vehicle To Move Stuff Around
Likes: Great visibility, real good fuel economy (23-24 mpg city), style, seats are firm but very comfortable, quick acceleration, well...
October 04, 2016
2015 promaster city
my van has 10.000 miles in the shop to repair ac not cooling sliding doors would not open front end parts replace cargo light not...
July 06, 2018
Not Made for every day Use
Engine light always on, in the shop every month, interior knobs and instruments cheaply manufactured and constantly break
February 02, 2018
Not a good investment for new small business
Own it for 40 days (820 miles) more then 20 days in service department .5 attempts to solve multiple mechanical issues . Case managers...
October 11, 2017
5 weeks old 1385 miles drivers seat has a hole in it from ware! ram denied claim Driver wears Jeans! avoid ram poor quality poor...