2020 Ford Transit Van vs. 2020 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

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Safety

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The Transit Van has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Transit Van has standard Post-Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Transit Van offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Transit Van’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Transit Van offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Transit Van’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Transit Van’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Transit Van offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to 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 Transit Van 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 daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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There are over 26 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Transit Van’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Transit Van has a standard 250-amp alternator (500-amp - Transit Van optional). The ProMaster Cargo Van’s standard 180-amp alternator and largest (optional) 220-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Transit Van’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (310 vs. 280) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 260) than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

The Transit Van’s 2.0 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

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Transit Van 3.5 EcoBoost/Diesel’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Transit Van has a gallon more fuel capacity than the ProMaster Cargo Van (25 vs. 24 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Transit Van has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the Transit Van has a 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 ten-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Transit Van, 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

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

Transit Van

ProMaster Cargo Van

Front Rotors

12.1 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

11 inches

The Transit T-350HD’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 Transit Van stops much shorter than the ProMaster Cargo Van:

Transit Van

ProMaster Cargo Van

70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

201 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

133 feet

148 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Transit Van has larger tires than the ProMaster Cargo Van (235/65R16 vs. 225/75R16).

The Transit Van’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s standard 75 series tires.

The Ford Transit Van’s wheels have 6 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

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Transit Van’s wheelbase is longer than on the ProMaster Cargo Van:

Transit Van

ProMaster Cargo Van

SWB Van

129.9 inches

118 inches

LWB Van

147.6 inches

136 inches

Chassis

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The Transit Van is 8.5 inches shorter in height than the ProMaster Cargo Van, making the Transit Van much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

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The Transit T-250 LWB-E has a much larger cargo volume than the ProMaster 2500 LWB (487.2 vs. 420 cubic feet).

Payload and Towing

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The Transit Van’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the ProMaster Cargo Van’s (6600 vs. 5100 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Ram ProMaster 1500 is only 5100 pounds. The Transit Van offers up to a 6900 lbs. towing capacity.

The Transit Van has a higher standard payload capacity than the ProMaster Cargo Van:

Transit Van

ProMaster Cargo Van

T-250 Van

4070 lbs.

4010 lbs.

T-350 Van

4570 lbs.

4430 lbs.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Transit Van 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

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The Transit Van’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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Transit Van 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 Cargo Van doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Transit Van’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The ProMaster Cargo Van’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Transit Van 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Transit Van detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Transit Van has standard power remote mirrors. The ProMaster Cargo 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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Transit Van offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Transit Van offers an optional 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.

The Transit Van’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The ProMaster Cargo Van doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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The Transit Van will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Transit Van will retain 44.48% to 47.64% of its original price after five years, while the ProMaster Cargo Van only retains 43.16% to 43.94%.

Recommendations

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its October 2015 issue and they ranked the Ford Transit T-150 LWB first. They ranked the Ram ProMaster 1500 SWB third.

The Ford Transit outsold the Ram ProMaster by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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