2018 Ford Transit vs Ram Promaster

2018 Ford Transit vs Ram Promaster

2018 Ford Transit vs Ram Promaster

Cargo vans like the 2018 Ford Transit and Ram Promaster don't get much media coverage as passenger vehicles do, but we'd be pretty stuck without them. They are the backbone of business for the companies we rely on. So, let's take a look at the Transit and Promaster to see which one is currently the one to go for if your business needs a new cargo van.


The number of different business applications out there that need this size of vehicle is almost mind-boggling, so this class needs to be flexible enough to meet as many of these diverse needs as possible. The Ram Promaster is available in 1500, 2500 and 3500 variants, as is the Ford, and with three different wheelbases and two roof heights of standard and high. The Promaster can also be had in van, chassis-cab and cutaway versions.

The Ford Transit is also available in van, chassis-cab and cutaway versions, but the van also comes in three roof heights, three body lengths and two different wheelbases. On top of that, there are three engines on offer in the Transit range while it's a take-it or leave-it situation with the Ram, so the Ford takes the opening skirmish.


When it comes to engines, the single unit on offer with the Ram Promaster is perfectly adequate for a wide variety of buyers and applications. The unit in question is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 producing 280 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, which sends the power to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately for the Ram, that's just not going to cut it against the comparative plethora of choice Ford offers. The standard 3.7-liter V-6 is a close match for the Promaster's V-6, but the Ram has no answer to the Transit's 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 or 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel.


One of the first numbers a lot of users will look for with this type of vehicle is the maximum and minimum cargo capacities. The smallest version of the Transit offers 285 cubic feet of cargo volume, while the maximum available is a massive 542.2 cubic feet. The Ram isn't a million miles away with a minimum of 259.2 cubic feet, but the maximum of 462.8 cubic feet of cargo volume isn't in the same ballpark as the Ford.


Those operating almost exclusively in the tight confines of the city might want to look at the compact cargo vans Ford and Chevy offer, but these full-size versions will still need to be nippy enough and nimble enough to cope with the urban environment. While the Ford has the edge on performance with its impressive trio of engines, the Ram Promaster has a tighter curb to curb turning circle that will be a big advantage for those who operate in tight areas a lot of the time. In its shortest form, the Ram can loop around in just 36.3 feet, while even the longest versions can still manage it in an impressive 46.8 feet. The Ford falls short of those numbers so the Ram is slightly more nimble around the town and the city.