Specifications of RAM PROMASTER CITY 2.4L 4 cyl 9A
General characteristics of RAM PROMASTER CITY 2.4L 4 cyl 9A
The ProMaster City is typically tall and narrow, with width and height very similar. The former measurement works out to 72.1 inches (excluding the side mirrors) with the latter at 74.2 inches. The side mirrors are quite large, though, so when they are added, width works out to 84.6 inches. Length is 187.1 inches, a fraction longer than the shorter version of the Ford Transit Connect. However, the wheelbase is considerably longer by 17.6 inches (and 1.8 inches longer than the long-wheelbase version of the Ford), for a final figure of 122.4. Ground clearance measures 5.2 inches while curb weight comes in at just below 3,500 pounds.
Whichever variant of the ProMaster City Cargo Van you opt for, the same 2.4-liter four-pot is nestled under the hood. Dubbed Tigershark, it produces 178 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, all of which is sent through a nine-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. In our Ram ProMaster City review, we found that power delivery and output are good, particularly when the van is unladen, but it's not particularly offensive when loaded up either. That said, getting off the line, up a steep hill, or past a large truck on the highway will require some abuse. Unfortunately, the powertrain's foibles are not helped out by the automatic transmission, as it seems to have been tuned by a chimp. At low speeds, it's jarring and clunky, and at highway speeds, it simply refuses to go into top gear. What's the point of a nine-speed if you can only ever use eight cogs? In terms of capability, the ProMaster City Cargo Van can haul up to 1,890 lbs or tow up to 2,000 lbs, which puts it high up in the compact cargo van pecking order.
The 2021 Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van, in both regular Tradesman and Tradesman SLT form, scores EPA figures of 21/28/24 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles. With a 16-gallon gas tank, this equates to an estimated mixed range of around 384 miles. By comparison, the Ford Transit Connect has a combined EPA score of up to 25 mpg when running on regular gas, depending on which engine you opt for.
As a cargo van, the ProMaster City Cargo seats two up front, while those looking for more passenger-carrying capacity can consider the City Passenger Wagon which we review separately or, perhaps, a more comfortable minivan. The seats are easy to get into and are comfortable for either the driver or passenger. Plenty of headroom and legroom are on offer, and visibility out the front is good. Since the rear doors feature window panels rather than windows, the view out the back is nonexistent and you'll rely on the rearview camera for most back-up maneuvers. Alternatively, actual windows are available in this simple but spacious van.
The 2021 Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van has been recalled once for an issue where there could be internal damage to the ABS module. Of course, this can negatively affect braking performance. This same issue affected certain 2020 models. However, reliability otherwise appears to be good.
A basic three-year/36,000-mile warranty is included with the sale of the Ram ProMaster City cargo van, along with a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Roadside assistance is included for the latter period too, along with a rust perforation warranty that runs for five years regardless of miles covered.
Commercial vehicles are generally not rated by the IIHS or the NHTSA, and the Ram ProMaster is no different - it has yet to be sent for crash reviews to either of these safety agencies. However, the most essential safety features come standard, with a rearview camera, a suite of airbags that include a driver's knee bag, traction and stability control, hill-start assist, trailer sway damping, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Rear parking sensors are also available. Unfortunately, driver-assist technologies like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning aren't available. This is a pity since many of these features are offered on the Ford Transit Connect Cargo Van.