2014 Ram Cargo Van
The small commercial van market in the U.S. doesn’t carry the same weight as most of its peers, but make no mistake, this is an important market for small businesses looking to get a decentlypriced, high-performing hauler that can also masquerade as a nice people ride.
The 2014 Ram Cargo Van gives customers all those options and a whole lot more, all for a decent price that won’t burn holes in your pockets. First launched in 2012 for small business haulers, the Cargo Van has since turned into one of the leading models in the segment, thanks to numerous class-leading capabilities, including performance and range.
Add that to the aforementioned low cost of ownership with ample amount of cargo space to boot and you’re looking at an ideally suited ride that can meet all the needs of business owners looking for a versatile commercial van with impressive power backing it up.
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2014 Ram Cargo Van
Transmission:6-speed adaptive electronic control
Horsepower @ RPM:283 @ 6400
Torque @ RPM:260 @ 4400
Top Speed:135 mph (Est.)
Not a whole lot to get excited about the Ram Cargo Van’s exterior. It does carry a similar look to the Dodge Grand Caravan, which is probably the only thing that’s keeping the C/V from looking completely irrelevant. The vertical radiator grille is there and the purposeful headlights are far more than just aesthetic add-ons. Likewise, the C/V’s hood looks distinctive, particularly the smart use of creases that converge towards the grille, leading to a more refined look that what you’ll see from competitors.
The rear side windows come with a thin sheet metal, although if you prefer glass, that option can be accommodated, too. And then there’s the dimensions, specifically the 202.8-inch length and 121.2-inch wheelbase, more than enough for the Cargo Van to fit the bill of a small commercial hauler that’s targeting small business owners.
The Ram Cargo Van is set to become available in five different paint colors: Billet Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl, Bright White Clear Coat, Redline 2 Coat Pearl and True Blue Pearl.
2014 Ram Cargo Van - Standard Exterior Specifications
|Curb Weight (lbs)||4,150|
|Weight Distribution (%, front/rear)||59/41|
|Overhang — Front/Rear (in)||37.8/43.8|
|Track — Front/Rear||65.5/64.8|
|Angle of Approach/Departure||13.9/20.6|
|Minimum Running Ground Clearance||6.4|
|Fuel Tank Capacity, (gal.)||20|
|Towing Capacity, (lbs.)||3,600|
The biggest attraction as far as the interior of the Cargo Van is concerned is space. Nobody’s buying this to enjoy those plush leather seats, right?
So in that regard, total cargo space reaches 155.5 cubic feet, which isn’t lighting the world on fire, but is still pretty useful. The Cargo Van can accommodate 4-by-8-foot pieces of plywood with ease. The rear cargo area of the vehicle comes with an aluminum load floor that buyers can configure in two different ways, depending on their preference. Whether its a flat, high-capacity surface or a through-the-floor access setup that also comes with a handful of storage bins and floor tie-downs, the Cargo Van possesses quite a versatile cargo setup, ideal for those looking to get more function out of their vehicle.
Moving to the other interior functions, the Cargo Van does come with a simple dashboard that has all the intuitive controls the driver needs to get around. Nothing too fancy, but not bare bones either. High-quality materials are also present, as are a pair of glove compartments, and plenty more storage compartments for the passengers’ perusal.
2014 Ram Cargo Van - Standard Interior Specifications
|Head Room (in.)||39.8|
|Head Room with Sunroof (in.)||37.2|
|Shoulder Room (in.)||63.7|
|Hip Room (in.)||58.4|
|Seat Travel (in.)||8.7|
|Maximum Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)||155.5|
|Total Passenger plus Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)||195.8|
One item the Ram Cargo Van can hang its hat on is its class-leading power specs, featuring Chrysler’s 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. With these power figures, the Ram Cargo Van can carry a cargo capacity of 1,800 pounds to go with a towing rating of 3,600 pounds. These top-grade capacities are made even more impressive by its ability to still return 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
2014 Ram Cargo Van - Standard Drivetrain Specification
|Engine||60-degree bank angle, liquid-cooled, with three-plenum intake manifold,|
electronically-controlled manifold tuning valve and short-runner valves
|Output (HP @ RPM)||283 @ 6,400|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||260 @ 4,400|
|Bore x Stroke||96 x 83|
|Valve System||DOHC, 24 valves, hydraulic, roller finger followers|
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, multi-port, electronic|
|Estimated EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy)||18/26|
The 2014 Ram Cargo Van starts out at a reasonable $21,360, and there is a smattering of options available including power windows, sunshades and other small creature comforts.
The best-looking of the three, the 2014 Ford Transit Connect is also a dramatic improvement from its predecessor. The new generation of Transit Connect also comes with significant changes on the interior and the technology side, not to mention the sporty look that belies its true nature as a commercial van.
Power still falls short compared to the C/V and the price is a little higher at $23,000. But all that can be quelled by Ford’s new fuel economy system, which easily gives the Transit Connect as much as 30 miles to the gallon on the highway.
The City Express is a decent enough option, but be advised that this van doesn’t carry nearly enough the power of the C/V. Output peaks at just 131 ponies and 139 pound-feet of torque, which is a lot less than what you can get on the Ram. That underpowered engine is a serious drawback of the City Express, and while it does look decent for a small commercial van, the only way we see people going for this van is because it’s cheaper than the C/V, thanks to a base price of under $20,000.
Given what you’re trying to acquire with the Ram Cargo Van, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised about how the vehicle has been packaged by Ram. The body, while not exactly sexy, has a distinct style to it that should get the attention of a lot of people. There’s also a modicum amount of cargo space at the back that’s perfect for hauling big objects while the engine is top-caliber and even with all its power, it still offers a balanced ride that doesn’t feel too strained.
Fuel consumption is pretty decent at 17/25 mph and the best-in-class fuel range of 500 miles is largely attributed to the 20 gallons of fuel it can hold in one sitting.