2013 RAM Cargo Overview
Sharing the same platform and powertrain as the consumer-oriented Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, the two-seat Ram Cargo Van is designed for commercial use. The van has an aluminum rear load floor, and solid panels take the place of glass windows in many instances. Buyers can also choose an optional floor that provides access to storage bins below the surface. The van competes against the Ford Transit Connect.
The Ram Cargo Van features Dodge's trademark crosshair grille and solid side panels, and it comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels with covers. Other standard exterior features include dual manual-sliding side doors, heated side mirrors, and LED taillamps. A rear window wiper is optional. Choose between a variety of solid- or glass-panel combinations.
The Cargo Van seats two in standard cloth bucket seats. A power driver's seat is optional. There's 144.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and it's configured to handle 4-by-8 sheets of building material. Standard interior featuers include dual-zone manual air conditioning, cruise control, rear and front 12-volt power outlets, CD stereo with MP3 jack, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. A backup camera and 6.5-inch touch-screen navigation system with 30-gigabyte hard drive are also available.
Under the Hood
The Cargo Van is powered by a 283-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that teams with a six-speed automatic transmission. A driver-selectable fuel economizer modifies the transmission's shift program to increase gas mileage.
A heavy-duty suspension gives the Cargo Van a 1,800-pound payload rating while the maximum towing rating is 3,600 pounds. The front-wheel drive Cargo Van runs on regular gas and also features an engine oil cooler, heavy-duty radiator, and 160-amp alternator for heavy duty applications.
Standard safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, side-impact airbags for the front seats, and active front head restraints.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com