2014 Ram ProMaster
MSRP: from $28,630
Engines: 3.6-liter V6 (280 hp/260 lb.-ft. of torque); 3.0-liter turbo diesel I-4 (174/295)
Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (V6); 13/17 (5.3L V8); others N/A
Cargo Capacity: 283 cu.-ft. (SWB Low Roof)- 530 cu.-ft. (LWB High Roof)
Payload: 3,794 lbs – 4,280 lbs
Towing Capacity: 5,100 lbs
The Ram ProMaster comes in 1500, 2500 and 3500 trim with a 118″, 136″ or 159″ wheelbase and low roof or high roof, so there’s probably a size that will fit your bike and gear.
2014 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo
MSRP: from $19,990
Engines: 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (131 hp/139 lb.-ft. of torque)
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Cargo Capacity: 122.7 cu.-ft.
Payload: 1,496 lbs
Towing Capacity: N/A
Another compact cargo van, brought in to compete with Ford’s Transit Connect. With a CVT (continuously variable transmission), the NV200 is not a good candidate for towing, but its versatile cargo compartment makes it a player.
2014 Nissan NV Cargo Van
MSRP: from $25,420
Engines: 4.0-liter V6 (261 hp/281 lb.-ft. of torque); 5.6-liter V8 (317/385)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Cargo Capacity: 234.1 cu.-ft. (standard roof); 323.1 cu.-ft. (high roof)
Payload: 2,535 lbs – 3,925 lbs
Towing Capacity: 7,000 lbs (V6); 9,500 lbs (V8)
Nissan’s nifty NV Cargo Van can be ordered with a standard or high roof, and in 1500, 2500 or 3500 chassis (1500 comes with only the standard roof).
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van
MSRP: from $35,920
Engines: 2.1-liter inline four-cylinder diesel (161 hp/265 lb.-ft. of torque); 3.0-liter V6 diesel (188/325)
Fuel Economy: N/A
Cargo Capacity: 318 cu.-ft. – 547 cu.-ft. depending on configuration
Payload: 2,873 lbs – 5,415 lbs
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs – 7,500 lbs
The Sprinter is all-new for 2014, after a seven year run when it wore the Mercedes-Benz star, the Dodge ram head and the Freightliner F, depending on where it was sold. Sleeker, more modern and more capable than before, the Sprinter is all Mercedes now.
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