2019 Ram ProMaster City Tradesman vs. 2019 Ford Transit Connect Van

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ProMaster City Tradesman and the Transit Connect Van 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, available daytime running lights and rear parking sensors.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the ProMaster City Tradesman has a standard 160-amp alternator. The Transit Connect Van’s 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The ProMaster City Tradesman’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (178 vs. 150) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (174 vs. 144) than the Transit Connect Van’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The ProMaster City Tradesman’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (178 vs. 169) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (174 vs. 171) than the Transit Connect Van’s optional 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Ram ProMaster City Tradesman, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Transit Connect Van.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Ram ProMaster City Tradesman has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Ford Transit Connect Van has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the ProMaster City Tradesman’s wheelbase is 17.6 inches longer than on the Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Van (122.4 inches vs. 104.8 inches). The ProMaster City Tradesman’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Van (122.4 feet vs. 120.6 inches).

Cargo Capacity

The ProMaster City Tradesman has a much larger cargo volume than the Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Van (131.7 vs. 127.4 cubic feet).

The ProMaster City Tradesman’s cargo area is larger than the Transit Connect Van’s in almost every dimension:

 

ProMaster City Tradesman

Transit Connect Van (SWB)

Transit Connect Van (LWB)

Length

87.2”

71.8”

87.6”

Max Width

60.4”

n/a

n/a

Min Width

48.4”

47.3”

45.5”

Height

51.8”

49.7”

49.8”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the ProMaster City Tradesman. The Transit Connect Van doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Payload and Towing

The ProMaster City Tradesman’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Transit Connect Van’s (2000 vs. 0 pounds).

The ProMaster City Tradesman has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Van (1883 vs. 1270 lbs.).

The ProMaster City Tradesman has a much higher optional payload capacity than the Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Van (1883 vs. 1570 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the ProMaster City Tradesman to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Transit Connect Van.

Ergonomics

The ProMaster City Tradesman’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Transit Connect Van’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the ProMaster City Tradesman has standard extendable sun visors. The Transit Connect Van doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The ProMaster City Tradesman has standard remote mirrors. The Transit Connect Van only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The ProMaster City Tradesman SLT offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Transit Connect Van.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the ProMaster City Tradesman offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Transit Connect Van doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

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