2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van

2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van
2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Rear Angle View
2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Steering Wheel Design

2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Review: All Work And No Play

When you need to move lots of stuff around, you need a cargo van, and the 2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van is one of only a handful of similar products currently for sale in the USA. Its most obvious rivals are the Ford Transit Cargo Van and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van - both modern vans with the latest technology available. GM's Chevrolet Express Cargo Van and GMC Savana equivalent are in the running if you need V8 power and class-leading towing capacity and payload, but they're ancient products that hail from the '90s, and they're crude and inefficient by modern van standards. They come with virtually no standard driver assists, while the Ram ProMaster Cargo Van we review here has modern safety features such as driver-alertness monitoring, forward-collision warning, and traffic-sign recognition as standard. It's also better to drive, but it's more expensive to buy, so you trade some ability for civility. Unlike the GM twins' V8 option and the Transit's available turbocharged V6, you have to make do with a naturally aspirated 276-horsepower V6 in the ProMaster - the only available engine option. The ProMaster's less compelling package puts it at a disadvantage in this company.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 6 /10
  • Performance 6 /10
  • Fuel Economy 7 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 8 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 7 /10
  • Reliability 7 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10
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2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2022 ProMaster Cargo Van?

The 2023 ProMaster Cargo Van receives a facelift that includes a new front fascia and newly available LED headlights and foglights. Utility is improved by the availability of a new Super High Roof variant and an optional roll-up rear door on the 3500. More exterior customization is possible thanks to the new Black Appearance package with blacked-out exterior trim, badging, and alloy wheels. The available extras and packages have been reshuffled this year. Finally, two new exterior paint colors, Spitfire Orange and Ceramic Grey, are added to the palette. A passenger-carrying ProMaster is available in 2500 and 3500 guises, but we review that car separately. As for the ProMaster Cargo Van, there are 11 trims in the range, offered in three wheelbases. With the latest Super High Roof variant launched this year, there are now three roof heights to choose from. The starting price of the new Ram ProMaster Cargo Van is up by a significant ten percent.

Pros and Cons

  • Three wheelbases and roof heights
  • Standard and available driver assists
  • User-friendly infotainment
  • Low cargo-floor height
  • Easy to drive
  • 276-hp NA V6 the only engine option
  • FWD - and no AWD available
  • Can't tow as much as rivals
  • Harsh unladen ride

What's the Price of the 2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van?

With a $43,640 MSRP, the price of the 2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van is up by more than ten percent over last year's model. This is for the van in its most basic configuration: the 1500 with the 118-inch wheelbase and low roof. Opting for the 136-inch wheelbase will cost you $3,135, while adding a high roof adds another $550 on top of that.

The 2500 derivative is next in line, and the cheapest one is the 2500 with the low roof and 136-inch wheelbase at a price of $47,925. This can be upspecced to a high roof (+$1,230) and a 159-inch wheelbase can be specified (+$620). Then follows the 3500 derivatives, available only with high or Super High roofs and ranging in price from $50,215 for the high roof with the 136-inch wheelbase to $54,230 for the Super High roof with the 159-inch wheelbase. Remember that all of these prices are exclusive of the $1,995 destination charge.

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2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
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2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Handling and Driving Impressions

In terms of the driving experience, the Ram ProMaster fails to impress with a rather harsh and unrefined unladen ride and vague steering. It's better than the GM vans but worse than the Transit and Sprinter. Its problems are exacerbated by the default FWD, and since no AWD is available, traction can be a problem in adverse conditions such as on upward gradients on dirt. Conversely, the FWD layout offers good traction in snow for a 2WD vehicle, where RWD can be a disadvantage, especially when unladen, so it's very much a matter of where you are going to use your ProMaster. Maximum towing capacity is less than its rivals but still decent at nearly 7,000 pounds. Power is adequate, and the nine-speed automatic transmission makes the most of the available torque. It's easy enough to drive, surprisingly stable on the highway thanks to the standard crosswind assist, and more maneuverable than most vans because of its tight turning radius.

Verdict: Is The 2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van A Good Cargo Van?

The latest round of price increases has eroded the ProMaster Cargo Van's business case, and its base price is now higher than all rivals except for the Ford Transit. Yet, it doesn't offer the refinement of the Sprinter and Transit, nor the high-value sub-$40k pricing of the GM vans. The single engine option is adequate, but it's not available with a more powerful gas option like the GM vans or Transit, nor with high-torque diesel options like the Sprinter. Delivery trips off the beaten track are also curtailed by the lack of an AWD option. Still, it's an immensely practical van with a variety of body options and an available roll-up door, while the level of standard and optional driver assists is impressive. These pros are not enough to outweigh the cons, so it fails to make much of an impression on the class leaders at its higher 2023 prices.

What 2023 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van Model Should I Buy?

As this is a utility vehicle, your choice will be dictated by how much you need to haul around. You're sure to find a body and wheelbase configuration in the lineup that suits your needs. While the basic driver assists include forward-collision warning, crosswind assist, trailer-sway damping, traffic-sign recognition, and driver-alertness monitoring, the Advanced Safety Group package costs only $1,500 and is well worth having with its surround-view camera, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring.

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