2019 Nissan NV200 vs. 2019 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The NV200 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the NV200 and the ProMaster City Tradesman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The NV200 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 City Tradesman’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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the NV200 gets better city fuel mileage than the ProMaster City Tradesman (24 city vs. 21 city).

Transmission

The NV200 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

The NV200 has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare costs extra on the ProMaster City Tradesman Without the option you must depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The NV200 has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better maneuverability, the NV200’s turning circle is 5.3 feet tighter than the ProMaster City Tradesman’s (36.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan NV200 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Ram ProMaster City Tradesman.

Passenger Space

The rear step up height for the NV200 is 2.3 inches lower than the ProMaster City Tradesman (19.2” vs. 21.5”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the NV200 easier. The NV200’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 21.1 inches, while the ProMaster City Tradesman’s liftover is 23.3 inches.

Ergonomics

The NV200 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The NV200’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The ProMaster City Tradesman’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Optional NissanConnect for the NV200 SV allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan NV200 will be $1974 to $2479 less than for the Ram ProMaster City Tradesman.

Recommendations

The Nissan NV200 outsold the Ram ProMaster City by 35% during 2018.

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