2019 Ram ProMaster City Wagon vs. 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the ProMaster City Wagon and the Transit Connect Wagon 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.

Engine

The ProMaster City Wagon’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 Wagon’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The ProMaster City Wagon’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 Wagon’s optional 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Transmission

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

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Ram ProMaster City Wagon 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 Wagon has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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

Chassis

The Ram ProMaster City Wagon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Ford Transit Connect Wagon.

Passenger Space

The ProMaster City Wagon has 1.7 inches more front shoulder room and .9 inches more rear hip room than the Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon.

Cargo Capacity

The ProMaster City Wagon has a much larger cargo volume than the Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon with its rear seat up (45.6 vs. 19.8 cubic feet).

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

 

ProMaster City Wagon

Transit Connect Wagon (SWB)

Transit Connect Wagon (LWB)

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

54.7”/69.2”

54.9”/70.8”

14.5”/45”/85.6”

Max Width

57.6”

n/a

n/a

Min Width

48.4”

45.3”

45.4”

Height

48.7”

49.4”

43.3”

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

Payload and Towing

The ProMaster City Wagon’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Transit Connect Wagon’s (1914 vs. 0 pounds).

The ProMaster City Wagon has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon (1760 vs. 1140 lbs.).

The ProMaster City Wagon has a much higher optional payload capacity than the Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Wagon (1760 vs. 1350 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the ProMaster City Wagon 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 Wagon.

Ergonomics

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

The ProMaster City Wagon has standard remote mirrors. The Transit Connect Wagon 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.

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

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