The Transit Connect Van offers optional Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
To help make backing safer, the Transit Connect Van XLT’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Transit Connect Van and the ProMaster City Tradesman have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.
There are over 31 percent more Ford dealers than there are Ram dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Transit Connect Van’s warranty.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Ram vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 11 places higher in reliability than Ram.
The Transit Connect Van has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Ford Transit Connect Van has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the ProMaster City Tradesman. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes, which work much harder than conventional brakes.
The Transit Connect Van has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare costs extra on the ProMaster City Tradesman Without the option you must depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Transit Connect Van is 1.4 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the ProMaster City Tradesman.
For better maneuverability, the Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Van’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the ProMaster City Tradesman’s (36.1 feet vs. 42 feet). The Long Wheelbase Transit Connect Van’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the ProMaster City Tradesman’s (40 feet vs. 42 feet).
The Short Wheelbase Transit Connect Van is 1 foot, 1.2 inches shorter than the ProMaster City Tradesman, making the Transit Connect Van easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The front grille of the Transit Connect Van offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Transit Connect Van has .9 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more front hip room than the ProMaster City Tradesman.
The Transit Connect Van’s standard liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The ProMaster City Tradesman’s two swing out doors impair rear visibility, need a lot of clearance, and can block loading in tight quarters.
The Transit Connect Van’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The ProMaster City Tradesman’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Transit Connect Van to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
The Transit Connect Van XLT offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer automatic headlights.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Transit Connect Van XLT offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Transit Connect Van XLT’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
The Transit Connect Van XLT’s optional dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.
The Transit Connect Van XLT’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.
Optional smartphone integration for the Transit Connect Van allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones so they can stay connected without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The ProMaster City Tradesman doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.
The Ford Transit Connect outsold the Ram ProMaster City by over two to one during the 2017 model year.