Remember your red wagon? I remember mine, a hand-me-down Radio Flyer. When I was old enough to use the small steel wagon—say, 4 or 5—it wore dents of all sizes, the red caps on a couple of its wheels had disappeared, and its white lettering had faded. But it worked just fine for collecting funny-shaped stones from the park, gathering moderately large sticks from the park, and the many other made-up jobs I performed in the park in front of my house. For the life of me I can’t recall why I thought the things I did with my Radio Flyer needed to be done, but I know I felt compelled to do them, had a blast doing them, and couldn’t have done them without my red wagon.
I felt the same way spending two weeks with the ProMaster City, Ram’s metro cargo van. It’s a Radio Flyer for adults, a small but spacious hauler of haphazardly collected bric-a-bracs, gewgaws, and knickknacks that you’re convinced have some sort of worth. The sticks and stones of my childhood have transformed into old bicycles, antique couches, and other personal effects being purged at garage sales.
The ProMaster City’s short wheelbase and tidy proportions mean it can be parked where any run-of-the-mill car can. Its austere cargo hold is cramped compared to typical cargo vans but is still plenty spacious; a 6-foot-long dresser fit just fine in the back of the van, and one ratchet strap helped hold in a 7-foot-long couch that peeked through the Ram’s rear barnyard doors. That the Ram ProMaster City is perfectly enjoyable to drive even if it’s not hauling anything is dangerous because you accidently end up trolling the city on a trash day, picking up gently used items that have been thrown to the curb.
Two days later, you’re scratching your head, wondering why you saved an end table with peeling veener that smells like cat piss, trying desperately to find an out-of-the-way spot for it in your living room. You do things in the Ram ProMaster City that don’t need to be done, but you feel good about doing them and have a blast doing them all the same. Just like you did with your little red wagon.
2015 Ram ProMaster City Specifications
|Engine:||2.4L DOHC 16-valve I-4/178 hp @ 6,400 rpm, 174 lb-ft @ 3,800|
|Transmission:||9-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|Layout:||4-door, 2-passenger, front-engine, FWD van|
|EPA Mileage:||21/29 mpg (city/hwy)|
|L x W x H:||187.5 x 72.1 x 74.0 in|
|Cargo:||131.7 cu ft|