2020 Toyota Sienna vs. 2019 Ram ProMaster City Wagon

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Safety

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The Sienna Limited Premium FWD’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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

The Sienna has standard Pre-Collision System, 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 City Wagon doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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

The Sienna’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 City Wagon doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Sienna Limited Premium has a standard Bird’s Eye View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The ProMaster City Wagon only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

To help make backing safer, the Sienna (except L)’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 City Wagon doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Sienna has standard Safety Connect™, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The ProMaster City Wagon 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 Sienna and the ProMaster City Wagon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 blind spot warning systems.

The Toyota Sienna weighs 795 to 1115 pounds more than the Ram ProMaster City Wagon. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sienna its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 162 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The ProMaster City Wagon has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sienna for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ram doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the ProMaster City Wagon.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Sienna third among minivans in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The ProMaster City Wagon isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 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 Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 63 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ram is ranked 26th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ram is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Sienna’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 118 more horsepower (296 vs. 178) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (263 vs. 174) than the ProMaster City Wagon’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Sienna has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the ProMaster City Wagon (20 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Sienna higher (5 out of 10) than the Ram ProMaster City Wagon (3). This means the Sienna produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the ProMaster City Wagon every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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For more complete vehicle control the Sienna 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 City Wagon doesn’t offer a transmission that allows complete gear control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Sienna’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ProMaster City Wagon:

Sienna

ProMaster

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

10” drums

The Toyota Sienna has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the ProMaster City Wagon. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sienna has larger tires than the ProMaster City Wagon (235/60R17 vs. 215/55R16).

The Sienna SE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ProMaster City Wagon’s 55 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Sienna L/LE/XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the ProMaster City Wagon. The Sienna SE has standard 19-inch wheels.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Sienna can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

The Sienna FWD has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the ProMaster City Wagon; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The Sienna has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The ProMaster City Wagon’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sienna is 7.7 inches wider in the front and 6.8 inches wider in the rear than on the ProMaster City Wagon.

For better maneuverability, the Sienna AWD’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the ProMaster City Wagon’s (37.4 feet vs. 42 feet). The Sienna’s turning circle is 4.5 feet tighter than the ProMaster City Wagon’s (37.5 feet vs. 42 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Sienna offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the ProMaster City Wagon can only carry 5.

The Sienna has 47.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ProMaster City Wagon (164.4 vs. 116.8).

The Sienna has 5.8 inches more front hip room, 5.7 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear legroom, 6.9 inches more rear hip room and 6.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the ProMaster City Wagon.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sienna’s middle and third row seats recline. The ProMaster City Wagon’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sienna’s cargo area provides more volume than the ProMaster City Wagon.

Sienna

ProMaster

Third Seat Removed

87.1 cubic feet

45.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

117.8 cubic feet

68.7 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

150 cubic feet

101.7 cubic feet

The Sienna’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The ProMaster City Wagon’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the Sienna (except L) offers an optional power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Towing

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The Sienna’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the ProMaster City Wagon’s (3500 vs. 1914 pounds).

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Sienna Limited, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Sienna Limited’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Sienna’s front and rear power windows all 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 ProMaster City Wagon’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The Smart Key System optional on the Sienna (except L) allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ram ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Sienna 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 Wagon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Sienna’s standard 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 Wagon’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Sienna Limited Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sienna has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the ProMaster City Wagon.

The Sienna 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 City Wagon doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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

When the Sienna Limited is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The ProMaster City Wagon’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Sienna LE/SE/XLE/Limited’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sienna Limited’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sienna’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Sienna’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sienna has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t offer rear vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sienna has a standard Dynamic Radar 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 City Wagon doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Sienna Premium 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 City Wagon doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sienna, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Sienna outsold the Ram ProMaster City by over six to one during 2018.

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