I ended up ordering a Crosstrek with the manual as they didn't have any in stock and added only the options I wanted. In the rear, an available two-position rear clamshell door swings open up to 260-degrees, folding almost flat to the side of the van. The driving position is classic Italian, meaning the steering wheel dish is very flat and the wheel is placed fairly far away from the driver, while the pedals are quite close. All three door openings enable fork lift pallet loading and unloading, and spaciousness that leads the competitive set. Up until a few months ago, we didn't have any qualms with the van. Optional equipment was partly clever and partly amusing. Over the roads of the Westlake Village area, just north of Los Angeles, the ProMaster rode fairly comfortably for a commercial van, with just a hint of excess vertical suspension movement over some patches with the vehicle unloaded.
The steering is a bit slow, as expected, but the van is surprisingly agile and it doesn't feel top-heavy even when rushed around a few canyons. The engine features a number of refinements, including internal engine components, turbo and emission controls. As its name suggests, the automaker has preferred function over form since its split from Dodge. The front bumper is a three-piece styled modular design, resulting in reduced repair costs and downtime. The front wheels are doing all of the work, and they have plenty of weight over them even when empty , meaning the Ram feels stable and in contact with the road at all times. Fuel mileage on our trip was fairly low, with a brand new not broken in engine and considerable waiting in line for construction and traffic lights; the Fiat diesel is almost certainly a better choice for fuel mileage, regardless.
Two powertrains are offered: a Pentastar 3. Manufacturing Start of production for the 2014 Ram ProMaster is scheduled for third quarter of 2013. I had the luxury of a solo ride in the 2500, which was great. The Uconnect display mounted in the center console was also quite small 5 inches and far away, making it difficult to read without being distracted from the road. Sure, it boasts an optional 5. New for 2014 The new 2014 ProMaster is available in four body styles: cargo van, chassis cab, cutaway or window van.
Maybe they do make a point. The Ducato platform offers Ram a proven, award-winning workhorse with an incredible combination of durability, value, efficiency, and capability like no other in its class. Interior The functional and innovative features continue inside the Ram ProMaster. I sole the van with 44k on the odo because : 1. Ram ProMaster features ParkView backup camera and ParkSense with audible warning, all of which are useful when maneuvering a large van. The ProMaster comes in 1500, 2500 and 3500 duty ratings. Driver accommodations in commercial vans tend to be fairly Spartan; the ProMaster cabin is a nice upgrade.
Sean let me take my time in deciding which color and options I wanted and explained what all the available options are. Should you opt though for the diesel variant, Ram is offering the 3. This obviously isn't an issue for all drivers, but as someone who appreciates a greater distance to the pedals and a close steering wheel, it's unfortunate. Roof height is another source of pride for the ProMaster, which Ram claims as having the best in its class. When the warranty ran out,,,36K i though that the powertrain warranty would pickup any major problems. Nearly all the other controls were in sensible places and well marked, the only exception being the left-mounted emergency brake which is not in a bad place, just unexpected. Dealer replaced brakes due to squealing, doors rattled so replaced the locking mechanism;.
The most noticeable thing about the van is the enormous wraparound bumper with the Ram logo prominently — if not looking out-of-place — displayed in the middle of the grille crosshairs. Two roof heights and four body lengths are available. Oil change intervals are rated 18,500 miles for the turbodiesel and 10,000 miles for the V-6. Because goods always need to be transported in total safety, the new Ram ProMaster van is fitted with accommodations to hold down goods on the floor. The Jeep was somewhere in the back lot. The body shop couldn't get the new doors or other parts because they were all on back order.
The oil filter sender unit came on yellow. The rearview camera is almost a must-have option. Ram engineers have worked to make the 2014 Promaster difficult to damage. Is this really a current 5. When I mailed them my interest in that Chevi, they responded immediately, and offered a me a convenient time to meet them. Once the Jeep was brought up front I was in total shock.
So, I drove this car, as well. Both vans handled well, even on dirt roads. Chevrolet Express Chevrolet Express Arguably the most powerful of all cargo vans, the Chevrolet Express is a double-edged sword of power and efficiency. The new full-size van features plenty of real estate on all four sides. I get terrible mileage about 14 mpg, apparently it's running on 5 cylinders with cylinder number 2 just barely operating. Front-wheel drive is what sets the all-new full-size apart from its competition. Whether you need cargo capacity, power, or fuel efficiency, the ProMaster has them in spades.
I too have had a radiator leak since day one, even after it was replaced, it also took over 4 months to get it. In order to tackle U. All configurations will be produced at the Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico. Chassis The 2014 ProMaster is available in two roof heights, three wheelbases, and four body lengths. ProMaster takes its place in the expanding, purpose-built, full-size van segment with a number of best-in-class features focused on the commercial customer.
The numerically lower overall top gear ratio delivers a more economical highway operation. The cause of which was traced back by our mechanic to the strut mount on the same side the van had been hit; the mount had failed and the strut was no longer secure. The ProMaster drives like a big — not a truck — which is a nice compliment. Most guesses so far have centered around the 20 mpg mark for city driving and up to 30 mpg overall. Enter Fiat and emergence of its Ducato van as a replacement for the recently spun-off Ram brand. New for 2014 The Ram ProMaster is all-new to the U. The functional and innovative features of the ProMaster owe themselves to its European doppelgänger, the Ducato.