Compared to full-size models, compact commercial vans like the 2019 Ford Transit Connect and Ram Promaster City deliver city-friendly maneuverability and bottom-line-boosting fuel economy. So, which is right for your company? Our comparison guide will help you sort out the differences between these small commercial vans, both of which offer cargo and passenger-hauling configurations.
Easiest to Maneuver: 2019 Ford Transit Connect
For curbside deliveries or taxi services, the Transit Connect is our top choice. Compared to traditional models, this compact commercial van impresses with its responsive steering and body control. You'll breeze around corners and down tight avenues with confidence. In fact, this Ford van is known for its best-in-class driving experience.
The Ram Promaster City also features downtown-friendly dimensions, so you can pull up to the curb and make quick deliveries. However, its height and narrow body increases body roll around turns. In the Promaster City, you must navigate city grids with caution.
Comfiest Wagon: 2019 Ford Transit Connect
The Transit Connect might be a commercial van, but the fully optioned version will make you feel like you're rolling in a stylish SUV. The passenger wagon can be equipped with every modern comfort, from leather upholstery to the savvy Sync 3 infotainment system. This comfy passenger van can even double as a family hauler, making it an affordable alternative to the minivan.
The 2019 Promaster City also offers modern comfort. You can add upgrade cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel for a cozy ride around town. However, the Promaster City isn't quite as luxurious as the Ford version. It doesn't offer leather upholstery, for example, so your clients won't be as impressed.
Highest Payload Rating: 2019 Ram Promaster City
The Promaster City has a slight lead in the payload department, maxing out at 1,885 pounds in the cargo model and 1,760 pounds in the passenger wagon. Of course, the 2019 Ford Transit Connect follows close behind, with max ratings of 1,570 pounds in the cargo van and 1,350 pounds in the wagon. Some drivers may need the extra capacity that Ram offers, but most will find that the Transit Connect also gets the job done.
Max Towing: It's a Tie!
Properly equipped, both the 2019 Ford Transit Connect and the Ram Promaster City tow maximum loads of 2,000 pounds. This rating depends on powertrain and body style configuration, so drivers who plan to trailer must double check a particular model's capabilities.
These commercial vans have a lot in common, but we think the Transit Connect offers both the better cargo van and passenger-friendly wagon. Ford's compact commercial van is easy to maneuver, making it a great choice for urban companies. Both the cargo and passenger versions offer cutting-edge smartphone integration and impressive seating comfort. If you've got extra cargo to tow, it happily obliges.