Need a vehicle to handle business deliveries? Maybe you have a large family and a minivan just won’t cut it. Enter Ford Transit Connect – it offers lots of seating, lots of drivability, and other benefits. However, it’s not without its competitors. One of the top contenders in the segment is the Ram ProMaster City. Which is right for you? Let’s compare the two.


Ford Transit Connect


First, we’ll take a look at what Transit Connect brings to the table. First, it’s available in two size options to suit your needs. You can choose between 104.8- and 120.6-inch wheelbases. Transit Connect is also not based on a minivan design. Instead, it’s based on a passenger car design. That means you get agile handling and a lower ride height. It provides three rows of seating for up to seven people, although space in the third row is more limited than in the second.


For power and performance, Ford Transit Connect comes with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers smooth shifting. However, you can upgrade to a larger engine if you like, including a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 1.5-liter diesel engine. Both offer additional power and performance for those with more hauling needs.


When it comes to fuel economy, you’ll find that Transit Connect offers 24 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway with the base engine. With the larger engine, you’ll see 20 mpg in town and 27 on the highway. For towing, you get a maximum of 2,000 pounds regardless of configuration.


Ram ProMaster City


Ram ProMaster City looks superficially similar to Ford Transit Connect, but those similarities are only skin deep. It’s a completely different vehicle, beginning with the chassis, which is based on a minivan design. That means the ride height is higher and the handling is not quite as nimble.


The Ram only comes in one size, although you can opt for a wagon version if you like. Neither can match Ford’s three rows of seating, and you will only have two rows and seating for five. With that being said, the Ram does just edge out Transit Connect in cargo room, but the spartan feel makes it very much a utility vehicle rather than a passenger vehicle.


In terms of engine size, the Ram only offers one option – a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It does offer more raw power, but suffers where fuel economy is concerned, providing 21 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. The Ram maxes out at 1,900 pounds of towing capacity in the passenger configuration but does match the Ford’s 2,000-pound capacity as a cargo van.


The Winner


While the race is close, Ford Transit Connect is the winner of this comparison. It offers more engine options, more passenger capacity, and more choices overall. It’s a smooth ride with lots of hauling power. If you’d like to experience the difference a Transit Connect can make for your family or business, visit us at CMA’s Williamsburg Ford and take one for a test drive.

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