Ram Promaster Citywagon: A pleasant shock and full of surprises

20 Apr 2015 | 780 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds If we were able to award a prize for the most surprising vehicle for the year so far, it would go to the 2015 Ram Promaster City Wagon. We know that it's  designed primarily for a commercial crowd, but with its six seats, tons of room behind thhe back seat, huge window for visibility, and countless other things, we shocked ourselves into saying that this is one small van that would be heartily welcomed into our family as our  wheels. My kids just begged and pleaded for me to buy one of these--and this is one of the few times this has happened with ANY vehicle we have had. 2015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon SLT But its not just the features per se that convince us that the Promaster City Wagon could be just the ticket for lots of families, it's also the good looks, which turned heads and prompted questions wherever we went, the ease of driving it, the fact that it's so quiet, and you don't feel like you're driving an empty, rattling  can with wheels. And for me personally, there was  plenty of room for our bikes! The Promaster City Wagon has a base price of $24,130. Standard items included air conditioning, full power accessories for steering, mirrors, brakes and windows, keyless entry,  trailer sway damping, heavy duty brakes hill start assist, all speed traction control, am/fm radio with tilt/telescope steering wheel., traveler/mini trip computer, outside temperature display, rear backup camera assist, speed control, locking glove box., halogen headlights, and many other features too numerous to mention. The interior was especially nice, with huge windows on the doors that made for  excellent visibility and the driver and passenger rwindows front had excellent visibility aoo the way ally round with huge windows and windshield., seats were comfortable, and the van was thoroughly manageable in both traffic and parking.  The dashboard looked like something you would find in any modern car, so there is no reason for you to be intimidated driving it. 2015 Ram ProMaster City SLT interior It is also worth noting that  Ram Promaster City Wagon also has far more payload capacity than any of its competitors at 1883 pounds, and the maximum cargo capacity is about 132 cubic feet, again, more than its competitors. Power for the van comes from a  2.4 liter I-4 MultiAir engine, backed by a nine speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ratings are 21 city, 29 highway  and 24 overall, with annual fuel costs of $2,200 based on five years of driving at 15,000 miles a year using gasoline costing $3.509. The objections we had to the Promaster City Wagon  started with the  bulky and sticky sliding doors. Our eight and nine year olds got constantly frustrated with opening the doors themselves and having to ask for help.  Also, the novel door handles in the the interior, which push down to lock and pull up to unlock, were awkward to use, and there were times when pulling up to unlock also meant that the door would unintentionally  far enough to prompt the door to open slightly and set buzzers and warning lights off.   The interior door handles could also pinch your fingers during use, which happened a couple of times, too.. And as has happened with several Dodge and Chrysler products, this year, there were drivability issues with the nine speed automatic transmission, with some stumbles, jerkiness, hunting for gears, and other issues that were concerning for us. But overall, the Ram Promaster CityWagon drove like a car---beautifully, quietly and excellent road manners. And lots of practicality to boot.

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