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Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - January 23, 2018

2018 RAM ProMaster OVERVIEW

The 2018 Ram ProMaster is a full-size commercial van in the Class 2 segment that’s capable of handling a variety of commercial needs. Whether it's delivering mail, housing construction equipment, or being a command station for a small business, the new ProMaster is a blank slate buyers can alter to their specific requirements. Available in 15 different configurations, the highly-customizable vehicle is all about helping commercial companies go mobile.

What's New for 2018

The Ram ProMaster benefits from some tech features for 2018. Ram’s Uconnect 5.0 system is now standard on the vehicle, with navigation as an optional feature. Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth is now standard, as well, bringing steering-wheel-mounted audio controls to the interior. A rearview camera is standard throughout the lineup, while the van’s sliding doors are fitted with a window grate with a fixed glass option.

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Choosing Your RAM ProMaster

The Ram ProMaster is available in four body styles: cargo van, window van, chassis cab, and cutaway van. There are two available powertrains for the models, which include a 3.6-liter V6 and a 3.0-liter turbodiesel four cylinder. The V6 engine generates 280 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel motor is good for 174 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and is matched to a six-speed automated manual gearbox.

As a full-size van, the ProMaster is capable of towing up to 5,100 pounds and has a maximum payload capacity of 4,430 lbs. Front-wheel drive is standard on all ProMaster models, which the automaker claims aids in responsive handling for driving in urban areas. In addition to being able to tackle heavy-duty jobs and being easy to maneuver in tight spots, the ProMaster emphasizes ease of use with a 21-inch floor-to-ground step-in height, available 180-degree front swivel seats, 260-degree rear doors, and up to 49-inch door openings.

Depending on what type of model you spring for, the ProMaster offers up to 463 cubic feet of cargo space and up to 17 cargo securement points.

The ProMaster is available in 15 different trims, broken down into four major body styles:

Cargo Van

The Cargo Van trim can be had in 1500, 2500, and 3500 models. The trims feature different roof heights – 88.7 inches or 99.4 inches – and different wheelbases – 118 inches, 136 inches, or 159-inches. There's also different cargo lengths: 105.1 inches (1500 models), 112.8 inches (1500 and 2500 models), 145.9 inches (2500 or 3500 models), or 160.2 inches (3500 models).

The base 1500 Cargo Low Roof 118WB has a starting price tag of $31,390 (all prices include the $1,395 destination charge). Standard exterior features for the trim include: 16-inch steel wheels, 260-degree rear-hinged doors, a sliding passenger-side door without glass, and tinted windshield glass. On the inside, the van comes with four-way adjustable front seats, a 5.0-inch touchscreen display, Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth, a four-speaker audio system, Uconnect, and power windows and locks.

Available packages for the 1500 Cargo Low Roof 118WB include the Trailer Tow Group ($585) that brings a Class IV receiver hitch, as well as a seven and four pin trailer tow wiring harness. The Electronic Vehicle Tracking System ($250) adds a 24/7 electronic vehicle tracking system. The Interior Convenience Group ($345) brings a cargo net, a locking glove box, an overhead storage shelf, an underseat storage tray, and a driver A-pillar document holder. Lastly, the Premium Appearance Group ($395) includes a chrome grille and fog lamps.

Window Van

The ProMaster Window Van is available in two different trims: the 2500 Window Van High Roof 159WB and the 3500 Window Van High Roof 159WB EXT. The 2500 Window Van High Roof 159WB starts at $35,740.

Standard exterior features for the trim include 16-inch steel wheels, deep tint sunscreen glass, a sliding passenger-side door with fixed glass, and rear-hinged doors with deep tinted glass. On the inside, the trim comes with four-way adjustable front seats, a four-speaker audio system, a remote USB port, power windows, power locks, and A-Pillar grab handles. The Window Van has the same available packages as the Cargo Van trims.

Chassis Cab

The ProMaster Chassis Cab is only available as a 3500-series van and is available in one height: 84.8 inches. Available wheelbases for the trim include 136 inches, 159 inches, and 159 inches extended. Cab-to-axle lengths include 81 inches and 104 inches. The Chassis Cab is available in three different layouts: 3500 Chassis Cab 136WB/81CA, 159WB/104CA, and 159WB/104CA Ext.

The base trim starts at $28,590 and comes with 16-inch steel wheels, manual fold-away mirrors, front clearance lamps, a heavy-duty stabilizer bar in the back, heavy-duty suspension, and tinted windshield glass. The interior of the trim comes with four-way front seats, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, Uconnect, a four-speaker audio system, power windows and locks, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth. The trim has a lot of the same available packages as other ProMaster models.


The ProMaster Cutaway is nearly identical to the Chassis Cab model, but provides owners with easier access to cargo. The Cutaway trim starts at $29,140 and comes with the same standard features and available packages as the Chassis Cab model.

CarsDirect Tip

With 15 different configurations to explore, catering a Ram ProMaster model for your specific needs should be relatively simple. Opting for luxury features is a necessity, as the models are barren from the factory. Swivel seats, while expensive at $595 each, are a worthy upgrade, as are heated seats ($195 for the driver and $145 for the passenger). For drivers planning to operate in cramped urban areas, the ParkSense rear park assist system ($295) is an option that should take some hassle out of parking.

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