It would sell a heck of a lot better here if they were available.I've said this before,FCA screwed the pooch on launching the RPMC.I see tv commercials about it all the time,the dealerships here on the west coast just can't seem to get them,let alone let you order what you want.Very frustrating to say the least.And it is selling very well,at least in Canada:
My personal opinion is that the rpmc did extremely good considering the small gas engine.I do wish we could get a small diesel option,now that would be awesome to say the least in hill climbing,and class leading mpg's that a small ford egoboost couldn't match.It was interesting to hear the little 2.4L was only getting a little over 8 MPG from the base of the climb, until I found other tests that were in the 3 to 4 MPG range.
It shows me that with proper gearing a 2.4L inline-4 could operate in a van that got around 20 MPG highway and not be maxed out. Whether it would have enough reserve power to accelerate or climb mountains in larger vans would be the real issue.
In the video the City passed quite a few vehicles that were climbing much slower, so there is some room for added weight and still keep up with slower traffic.