The 2012 Ram Cargo Van (C/V) hasn’t generated enough reviews to earn a valid Total Car Score.
Chrysler has offered a commercial version of its Caravan minivan for six years, but it wore a Dodge badge until the corporate restructuring that created the Ram brand for all the maker’s truck products. Now the C/V is a Ram, though it’s still essentially a Caravan that’s been gutted for commercial use.
Ok, “gutted” may not be the right word, since there are still a good number of amenities on board, including dual-zone climate control, powered accessories, a tilt/telescope wheel and all the usual audio system/navigation/infotainment options. Its minivan lineage also makes the C/V easier to maneuver and park than some of its bulkier competitors, and 25 highway mpg will please fleet owners.
The trade-off for its smaller size, though, is that it gives up some storage capacity versus the competition, and it’s tougher to walk around in than the other guys’ high-roof models.
The Chrysler minivans went through an exterior and interior freshening last year, which also benefitted the C/V. As such, we don’t expect any major changes or upgrades any time soon.
The Ram Cargo Van (or C/V) is a commercial variant of Chrysler’s minivan that’s offered in one trim level but with a number of options to tailor its cargo bay for different uses.
The C/V is powered by Chrysler’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which sends 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels.
The C/V is equipped with standard equipment that includes cloth low-back bucket seats, dual-zone climate control, power front windows and door locks, tilt and telescope steering wheel and 16-inch painted steel road wheels.
Among the options available are a media center with 30 GB hard drive and 6.5-inch touch screen, a navigation system, Chrysler’s Uconnect hands-free voice command system with Bluetooth, a backup camera and a powered driver seat.
The C/V’s aluminum cargo floor can be configured as an uninterrupted flat surface or one with access to storage bins in the floor and load-floor tie-downs. Additionally, the C/V comes standard with solid panels in the rear quarter-window and backlight positions, but buyers can choose from several combinations of solid and glass panels for those areas.
The EPA has rated the 2012 Ram Cargo Van as achieving 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
When properly equipped, the 2012 Ram Cargo Van can tow up to 3,600 pounds and carry up to 1,800 pounds of payload.
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