2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo vs. 2019 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Express Cargo offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Express Cargo’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Express Cargo has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Express Cargo and the ProMaster Cargo Van have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Express Cargo’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Express. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Ram doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the ProMaster Cargo Van.

There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Express Cargo’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 8th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 3 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Engine

The Express Cargo’s standard 4.3 V6 produces 38 lbs.-ft. more torque (298 vs. 260) than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Express Cargo’s optional 6.0 V8 produces 61 more horsepower (341 vs. 280) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (373 vs. 260) than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Express Cargo’s 2.8 turbo diesel produces 109 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 260) than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Express Cargo has 7 gallons more fuel capacity than the ProMaster Cargo Van (31 vs. 24 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

For more complete vehicle control the Express Cargo has Select-Shift, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. Select-Shift allows the driver to eliminate unwanted shifts and maximize engine braking by down shifting while cornering. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Express Cargo, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the ProMaster Cargo Van.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Express Cargo’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ProMaster Cargo Van:

 

Express Cargo

ProMaster Cargo Van

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

The Express Cargo’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the ProMaster Cargo Van are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Express Cargo has larger tires than the ProMaster Cargo Van (245/75R16 vs. 225/75R16).

The Chevrolet Express Cargo’s wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ram ProMaster Cargo Van only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Chassis

The Express Cargo is 7.6 inches shorter in height than the ProMaster Cargo Van, making the Express Cargo much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The Express Cargo offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the ProMaster Cargo Van can only carry up to 3.

Towing

The Express Cargo’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s (6900 vs. 5100 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ram ProMaster Cargo Van 1500 is only 5100 pounds. The Express Cargo 2500 135” WB offers up to a 10,000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Express Cargo is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the ProMaster Cargo Van. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

The Express Cargo offers an optional under hood light to help in making nighttime maintenance checks, adding fluids, etc. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer an under hood light.

Ergonomics

The Express Cargo’s optional tilting steering column adjusts to different sized drivers and makes entering and exiting easier. Ram doesn’t offer tilt steering on the ProMaster Cargo Van.

The Express Cargo’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The ProMaster Cargo Van does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Express Cargo has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The Express Cargo has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the dashboard, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Express outsold the Ram ProMaster by 74% during 2018.

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