Looking for a cargo van in the Newtown Square, Glen Mills, or Malvern area? If so, the 2018 Ford Transit Connect and the 2018 Ram ProMaster City are probably on your list of vehicles under consideration. But which of the two will better fit your needs?

Our team at Fred Beans Ford of West Chester is here to help you make that decision. We've put the commercial vans side by side in our vehicle comparison, so you can conveniently compare features and choose the one that has exactly what you're looking for. If you have any questions, please contact us today!

2018 Ford Transit Connect

2018 Ram ProMaster City

Available Panoramic Glass Sunroof






Maximum Seating Capacity



Towing Capacity (pounds)



Wheelbase (inches)

Short (104.8) and Long (120+)

Long (120+)

Performance Specs

The Transit Connect and ProMaster City use I-4 engines to produce similar horsepower and a nice 2,000 pounds of towing capacity. That's enough to tow a couple of jet skis or a midsize speedboat or cargo trailer.

The Transit Connect has a simple 6-speed automatic transmission, while the ProMaster City uses a more complicated 9-speed automatic. While the 9-speed supposedly makes for a more efficient ride, the EPA-estimated fuel economies of both vans hover around 20/27 city/highway MPG. Plus, test drivers have found that the 9-speed is more hyperactive, shifting often and creating forward-surging sensations during downhill driving.

Functional Versatility

The ProMaster City comes in just one long wheelbase that measures just over 120 inches in length, while the Transit Connect offers both a 120+ inch (long) and a 104.8-inch (short) wheelbase. The short-wheelbase Ford is more amenable to close-quarters driving and handles more like a traditional sedan, giving drivers who like those qualities a viable option for their next van.

Both the 2018 ProMaster City and the Transit Connect have the required cargo space and configurations to be excellent work vans. However, the Ford Transit Connect is better at doubling as a passenger van. Its trims have options for up to seven seats, while the ProMaster City can only seat up to five. 

Advanced Features

The Ford Transit Connect and Ram ProMaster City have plenty of safety features that make them good work vans. Anti-lock brakes and stability control will help you maintain power over both vehicles and bring them to a stop safely in any condition. Additionally, ignition security will help prevent theft of your van and the materials in it.

However, the ProMaster City doesn't offer many of the higher-end amenities that the Transit Connect does. Available features like a panoramic glass sunroof, leather seating, and 6.5-inch touchscreen help make the Transit Connect a more comfortable, passenger-friendly van.

2018 Comparison: The Verdict

Without a doubt, the 2018 Transit Connect and 2018 ProMaster City stand out as great work vans, absolutely swimming in cargo/towing capacity. But, if you're looking for a versatile van that easily accommodates both people and cargo and transitions smoothly on any road, the Ford Transit Connect may just be the van for you.

If you live near Newtown Square, Glen Mills, or Malvern, stop by Fred Beans Ford of West Chester today to schedule your test drive of the 2018 Ford Transit Connect. Our expert team is here to assist in any way we can and answer all of your most pressing questions!

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Fred Beans Ford of West Chester

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