Nissan NV200 Vs Dodge Ram ProMaster
The words “cargo van” aren’t typically synonymous with style. Nor do we generally associate them with excitement. But for the plumbers, electricians, clothing designers and restaurant owners of Edmonton, they are not only both stylish and exciting but functional. Functional, as in their businesses could not function without them. One trip around the block, however, will show you that we are being bombarded with a wide array of options for stylish cargo haulers. Both Dodge and Nissan have thrown their own models into the mix. Both are streamlined and functional mobile offices. Both zip through Edmonton’s streets with a fine finesse and air of productivity. But when placed under the microscope, how does the Nissan NV200 match up to the Dodge Ram ProMaster?
Out of the gate, the NV200 has a leg up on the ProMaster with regards to starting price. When factoring in maintenance, fuel consumption and value in the resale market, Nissan’s NV200 also beats the ProMaster with an estimated cost of maintenance of $0.33 per km versus the latter’s $0.37 per km. In the long run, this makes a huge difference for professionals looking for a durable vehicle that won’t empty their pocket book.
The ProMaster has a slightly higher power output from its V6 engine or more costly turbo diesel four cylinder. The NV200 still produces a very respectable 131 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter four cylinder. With a 25 miles per gallon highway fuel economy, it is definitely worth negotiating on a little bit less power.
The real difference between the two models is strikingly apparent when it comes to handling. The ProMaster is an excellent moving option for the budding family needing to upgrade lodgings. This is mostly attributed to its house-like resemblance. Unfortunately, the ProMaster also maneuvers just as you’d expect a turbo-charged house on wheels to handle. Disproportionate dive and body roll combined with a bus-like steering wheel and pedals operated in a stepping down rather than pushing forward motion make for awkward handling and a top-heavy feel.
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The NV200, on the other hand, has a slimmer build and a smaller turning radius, making it far more maneuverable than the ProMaster. It also has a sleeker build, and despite being essentially a steel-walled panel van with no rear seats to muffle driving noise, the NV200 is an amazingly quiet ride. No rattling or booming from road noise, even at highway speeds, and tall sidewall tires provide a smooth ride with excellent pothole absorption.
And with no less than twenty interior tie-down points, rubber floors and an easy-access 60/40 split rear door, the NV200 was built for action.
The driver’s cockpit in the NV200 is a simple though convenient array of old-school displays and switches. Not by any means a barbaric set-up though, easy access audio and cruise controls have been built into the steering wheel, and a user-friendly the NissanConnect multimedia system, which with the optional backup camera and navigation system have been mounted into the dash for easy access to the driver. Dodge has decided to design the ProMaster’s dash in such a way that it falls away from the driver, gliding rather into the windshield. The NV200 has a comfortable office on wheels feel to it while the ProMaster is simply utilitarian. Not overly visually pleasing, though useful to a degree.
Visibility is comparable between both models. The NV200 and the ProMaster both having large windshields and high-sitting seats. You won’t have any problems observing the world around you as you speed through Edmonton’s busy streets. Both provide a secure all-weather friendly option to pickup trucks for small and big business owners alike, but the ProMaster’s fussy handling and lack of maneuverability simply put it behind the NV200 when it comes to the best option for those seeking a closed-in cargo carrier.
If that wasn’t enough to settle the debate, Dodge’s 3 year / 60,000 km limited warranty is kicked to the curb by Nissan’s 5 year / 160,000 km warranty, giving you an added bit of peace of mind, especially in a vehicle that will be carting around your livelihood.
Exciting does not describe the Nissan NV200 in Edmonton. But functionality does, and so does performance and reliability. If you are looking for a utility vehicle that will work as hard as you do, search no more. Get into the best cargo van on the market and back a company that has your back. Take the new NV200 for a ride, you won’t regret it.