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2012 Dodge Ram Cargo Van

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The new Dodge Ram Cargo van was launched in 2012 and was designed as a small commercial hauler aimed at small business owners. The vehicle features a class-leading capability and low total cost of ownership offering a generous cargo area which makes it perfectly suited for a wide range of commercial applications.

The Dodge Ram Cargo Van is based on the same platform as the Chrysler minivan, but it features a higher payload capacity.

The vehicle has a starting price of $ 22430 and it’s powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine which delivers 283 hp and 260 lbft or torque.

Design

Dodge Ram Cargo Van

Dodge didn’t want to assume any risks and decided to give its new LCV a conventional van look. Naturally, the front received the typical Dodge face with a vertical radiator grille and a set of purposeful looking headlights which underline the heavy duty look of the vehicle. The hood has also a pretty attractive design and received a few dynamic creases which converge towards the grille.

The front bumper looks simple, but elegant and features a long air intake which gives the vehicle a touch of sportiness.

The rear side windows are fitted with a thin sheet metal to give the vehicle a typical van appearance, but glass is available too. Apart from the privacy panels, the van has an 1800-pound payload capacity, which is better than what you’ll get from the Ford Transit Connect.

The cargo volume is rated at 144.4 cubic feet, while the maximum towing capacity is 3600 pounds.

The cargo area comes with a standard aluminum load floor, but there is also available an optional floor with three storage bins and floor-mounted tie-downs. Access to the cargo bay is made fairly easy by means of convenient sliding side doors.

Interior

Dodge Ram Cargo Van

The Dodge Ram Cargo Van interior is better than expected with a modern looking dashboard and good, lasting materials. Judging by van standards, the build quality it’s also part of the high class and everything inside look ready to endure the punishment of tough jobs without whining.

We especially like the modern instrument which features two main round gauges highlighted in an icy blue light and a central rectangular display which keeps you posted on various vehicle stats.

The center console is laid out in an intuitive way and every control is placed within easy reach. There is also offered an optional infotainment system which features a big LCD screen that it’s easy to use and understand.

The driver is treated with cloth captain chairs which are fairly comfortable and supportive even for a long run. A wide aisle between the seats creates a walkway to the back. Moreover, both seats have fold-up inside arm rests for increased comfort. We also like the all around visibility offered by the commanding seating height.

Once on board you are met by a pretty rugged steering wheel which received a serious dose of testosterone from Dodge’s interior designers. The steering wheel has also been fitted with a few metallic looking inserts on all its three spokes and it comes with a few useful integrated controls designed to make your life on board more pleasant. For increased comfort there are tilt and telescoping steering column adjustments, as well.

The Dodge Ram Cargo Van’s front passengers sit in front of dual, independent glove boxes. There are also storage coves and pull-out cup holders mounted into the center console below. Additional beverage storage homes are molded into doors.

Engines and performance

Dodge Ram Cargo Van

At the heart of the Dodge Ram Cargo Van sits a 3.6 liter Pentastar engine, which cranks out 283 hp and 260 lb.ft of torque. The engine is mated on the same six-speed automatic transmission that can be also found in the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan models.

The engine never feels strained and it’s perfectly qualified for the task of lugging a loaded Dodge Ram Cargo Van Ram Cargo Van . Though, throttle response is a tad sluggish, but after a quick beat, the 3.6 unit leans back and powers forward with determination.

The fuel consumption is respectable with 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on highway. The tank holds a very generous 20 gallons of fuel which gives you a best in class range of 500 miles.

Dodge Ram Cargo Van Engines specifications

Enginehp @ rpmlb.ft @ rpmFuel
3.6 liter283 @ 6400260 @ 4400Petrol

Ride and handling

Dodge Ram Cargo Van

The Dodge Ram Cargo Van handles like a big truck, but the ride is pretty forgivable, the suspension being able to soak the bumps pretty well. Power steering is offered as standard equipment, but it’s overly light and it’s completely devoid of any decent road feedback.

The body roll is pretty well kept in check, but don’t expect to any kind of sporty performances as we are talking about a utilitarian workhorse.

The overall handling abilities are satisfactory, the Dodge Ram Cargo Van being at par with what you’ll usually find in this segment.

Verdict

Dodge Ram Cargo Van

The Dodge Ram Cargo Van has a lot of advantages over its competitors, being positioned slightly ahead of the Ford Transit Connect , but a half step behind the Mercedes Sprinter .

The vehicle has a very welcoming interior which is fitted with high grade materials and modern technologies offering a pretty pleasant work office.

The Dodge Ram Cargo Van‘s load area is also pretty generous, while the payload capacity won’t disappoint you either. We also like the petrol engine, but we would’ve preferred a diesel option as it coped better with the needs of a commercial vehicle. Country and Dodge Grand Caravan models.

The engine never feels strained and it’s perfectly qualified for the task of lugging a loaded Dodge Ram Ram Cargo Van. Though, throttle response is a tad sluggish, but after a quick beat, the 3.6 unit leans back and powers forward with determination.

The fuel consumption is respectable with 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on highway. The tank holds a very generous 20 gallons of fuel which gives you a best in class range of 500 miles.




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