When it comes to moving large numbers of people as well as loads of stuff around town, nothing beats a van. In this regard, the 2021 Ram ProMaster Window Van is a versatile vehicle that can perform either role, though it does work particularly well as a passenger shuttle. However, you will need to find a third-party company to outfit the interior with additional seating, since Ram only installs two seats for you. Getting in and out is easy, as is loading cargo, thanks to the front-wheel drivetrain setup, which means a lower floor height since the transmission doesn't need to run the length of the car. In terms of features, the 2021 ProMaster Window Van is quite barebones, but there is no denying its capabilities. Its towing capacity may not be the highest in the segment, but it can easily stow people and stuff without a fuss. While it may be a bit barebones when compared to the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or Ford Transit passenger vans, the Ram still has something to offer, especially at its low price tag.
For the 2021 model year, Ram has updated the Promaster's list of safety features, adding cross-wind assist. Optional extras now include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and a digital rearview mirror camera.
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The 2021 Ram Promaster Window Van has access only to the old-school 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gas engine that powers most of the automaker's utility vehicles. It's a rather capable motor, developing 280 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque for the front wheels. The 6-speed automatic transmission does a good job of optimizing the powerband, though it can't do anything to improve the poor fuel economy figures. The high-roof variant has the highest payload limit of 4,290 pounds, while the low-roof model can tow the most at 6,480 lbs. Around town, the engine has enough oomph to get up to speed in a relatively quick timeframe, but fully loading the van reduces performance to the point of lethargy, and overtaking on the highway becomes a complete impossibility at this point.
NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
What we like most about the ProMaster Window Van is also what many others may not like. It is an extremely basic machine that gives you the freedom to build it the way you want to. You do, however, have to go elsewhere to get these modifications done, which is a bit annoying. This means that the money you save with the initial purchase will go towards a third party. Still, it's a pretty great van with excellent cargo capacity and a decent towing rating.
There is no official safety rating review of the 2021 Ram ProMaster Window Van, which is a bit concerning, but the automaker has made some nice safety features available for buyers who want a little extra peace of mind. Reliability hasn't been officially rated for the 2021 models, but earlier versions had a number of issues that seem to have been ironed out in recent years. We won't say this is the best 5-door van on the market in the USA, because it isn't, but the few negatives are easily overlooked when you consider how affordable it is and how good it is at doing what it sets out to do.
There are only two versions of the fourth-generation ProMaster Window Van, with the only thing setting them apart being their different payload and towing capacities. If you want to move people and stuff inside the cabin, the longer 3500 is the best option, while the 2500 wins out when it comes to pulling a trailer. Both get the same 260-hp 4-cylinder motor and the same list of standard tech, which is to say, not a lot. We would recommend adding the missing driver assists like blind-spot monitoring and forward-collision warning, especially if you intend on using the van to transport people. This should only add around $1,000 to the price of the 2021 Ram ProMaster Window Van, but you will also need to think about the aftermarket work you want done to get the interior looking the way you want.
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