TruckTrend compares a number of full-size vans including the ProMaster, Chevy Express, GM Savanna, Ford E-350, Ford Transit, Nissan NV, and Mercedes Sprinter. Click the link below for the full article.
Most Powerful Available Engine: 3.0L turbodiesel I-4, 174 hp, 295 lb-ft torque
Maximum Cargo Volume: 529.7 cubic feet
Maximum Cargo Length: 160 inches
Maximum Cargo Height: 85.5 inches
Width Between Wheel Wells: 55.9 inches
When it debuted, many critics said how homely the ProMaster (and by extension, the Fiat Ducato) was. But let's be honest, nobody buys these vehicles for their beauty. The true beauty of cargo vans is in their versatility, and there's no question the ProMaster shines. Ram has not officially released cargo volume data for the ProMaster, but based on some online sleuthing and some metric conversions, we were able to figure out the key interior dimensions of the ProMaster, going on the premise that they're essentially identical to the Ducato. What we found was eye-opening. Although just shy of the Sprinter's maximum capacity of 547 cubic feet, the ProMaster tops the largest Transit by more than 30 cubic feet. European customers can order an even more cavernous Ducato that holds a massive 600 cubic feet!
The ProMaster's unique front-drive layout puts it on top of this class in maximum cargo height at 85.5 inches, and the largest width between wheel wells at 55.9 inches. The ProMaster's literally almost true-vertical sides maximize the usEable available space inside. On paper, the ProMaster's modest diesel power of 174 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque (a 280-hp gasser is also available) puts it near the bottom of the list in power output, but that torque peak is delivered at a low 1400 rpm, mated to a transmission with an ultra-short 4.56 final drive, so around-town performance should be plenty spunky.
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