2019 Nissan NV vs. 2019 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the NV 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 and available rear parking sensors.

The Nissan NV weighs 796 to 1803 pounds more than the Ram ProMaster Cargo Van. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The NV comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The ProMaster Cargo Van’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 12 places higher in reliability than Ram.

Engine

The NV’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 260) than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The NV’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 95 more horsepower (375 vs. 280) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (387 vs. 260) than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The NV has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the ProMaster Cargo Van (28 vs. 24 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

For more complete vehicle control the NV offers an optional manually controlled automatic, with the available convenience of an automatic transmission and the complete gear control of a manual transmission without the inconvenience of a clutch. A manually controlled automatic 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.

A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Nissan NV V8, 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 NV’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ProMaster Cargo Van:

 

NV

ProMaster Cargo Van

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11 inches

The NV’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.

The NV stops much shorter than the ProMaster Cargo Van:

 

NV

ProMaster Cargo Van

 

70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

148 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the NV has larger tires than the ProMaster Cargo Van (245/70R17 vs. 225/75R16).

The NV 1500/2500’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s 75 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the NV has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the ProMaster Cargo Van.

The Nissan NV’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.

Suspension and Handling

The NV has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the NV flat and controlled during cornering. The ProMaster Cargo Van’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the NV’s wheelbase is 10.1 inches longer than on the ProMaster Cargo Van 1500 MWB (146.1 inches vs. 136 inches).

The NV’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s (62.3% to 37.7%). This gives the NV more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

The NV is 10 inches shorter than the ProMaster Cargo Van 3500 Ext. LWB, making the NV easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The NV is 7.8 inches shorter in height than the ProMaster Cargo Van, making the NV much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the NV Standard Roof is 3 inches lower than the ProMaster Cargo Van 1500 SWB (18” vs. 21”). The NV Standard Roof’s rear step up height is 1.6 inches lower than the ProMaster Cargo Van 1500 SWB’s (19.4” vs. 21”).

Towing

The NV’s 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 6800 pounds. The NV offers up to a 9400 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The NV uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The ProMaster Cargo Van uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the NV 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.

Ergonomics

The NV’s standard 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 NV’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 NV’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Ram does not offer a locking feature on the ProMaster Cargo Van’s power windows.

The NV’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The ProMaster Cargo Van’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The NV 2500-3500 SV/SL has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, 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.

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