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Hi Roof Transit vs Hi Roof Promaster

Hello! I am looking to purchase either a Hi Roof Transit or Hi Roof ProMaster. I am finding it difficult to find some key data points for comparison between the vehicles. All info seems to either be unlisted or based on the low Roof version. Specifically, I’d love to know how milage compares (at any wheel base/lengths) and cargo capacity volume comparison.

Any other opinions or interesting points of comparison would be appreciated as well.
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Since there are no official EPA figures for our vans, you have to rely on what others experience is and a lot of variables come into play such as configuration, axle ratios, loaded weight, terrain, driving habits, etc.
When comparing reported MPG there are many factors, so as they say YMMV.

Some threads with info on High roof MPG:
https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/...h%20roof%20mpg

As for cargo capacity, here is a great chart:
https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/...eat-graph.html

There are also discussions on Transit vs Promaster:
https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/...h%20roof%20mpg

As you continue your research, you will find that the search function in here is quite efficient and most topics have been covered. When you are stumped, there are many of us who can provide specific info and experiences.

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Mines a cargo EL HR. Just went from NJ to CT yesterday. 17.8 mpg. 3.7 motor 4.10 rear
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Our HR 136” PM got 18-19 mpg before solar and fan on the roof. Now it's more like 16.5-17.5.

In post #33 of this thread, Hein has a photo of a Transit floormat laid out in a PM, which gives a good visual representation of the floor area disparity.

https://www.promasterforum.com/forum...ad.php?t=81769

You must then factor in the inward slant of the walls. I don’t know the number for Transit, but my PM is 78.5” wide at my rear bed (33” above metal floor).

My PM will be turning 100,000 happy miles in a few weeks.
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In post #33 of this thread, Hein has a photo of a Transit floormat laid out in a PM, which gives a good visual representation of the floor area disparity.
https://www.promasterforum.com/forum...ad.php?t=81769
That's a good example but just to be clear, the Transit floor mat is from a short wheelbase.

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I’m not familiar with the various Transit wheelbases. Hein's PM is 136” WB, which most folk consider PM's short wheelbase because the 118” is a rare bird.

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I drove several Promasters and Transits before purchasing my MR 148 CargoTransit. I found the ride of the Transit to be more car-like than the PM. The other day I did a highway mpg test. I drove 36 miles on the highway at the posted limit of 55 mph with cruise control on. I am delighted with the mileage and I think I am still in break-in. At 65 mph, that mileage drops to 18.5 mpg.
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I believe there have been several reports of lower reliability for the Promaster drivetrain. That alone would eliminate it as a choice for me. But, and NEW van should be just fine for at least 100k if not more. And most of the time if something is going to go wrong, it does so during the warranty period.

The MPG leader is the promaster diesel, with 25mpg. But diesel costs more than regular gas, and often more than super.

I don't know the specs for the 2020 Transit 2.0l diesel, but suspect it would be similar to the Promaster diesel.

Fuel cost is not everything, though.

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The diesel engine in the PM is sourced from VM Motori. We owned a Jeep with a VM Motori diesel before the DEF requirements and it was not reliable. It had a 7 year 70 k mile warranty and we traded it in with 72000 miles. I cannot imagine how bad a new one is.

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I believe there have been several reports of lower reliability for the Promaster drivetrain. That alone would eliminate it as a choice for me. But, and NEW van should be just fine for at least 100k if not more. And most of the time if something is going to go wrong, it does so during the warranty period.

The MPG leader is the promaster diesel, with 25mpg. But diesel costs more than regular gas, and often more than super.

I don't know the specs for the 2020 Transit 2.0l diesel, but suspect it would be similar to the Promaster diesel.

Fuel cost is not everything, though.
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The diesel PM has not been available for several years. The gasser is quite reliable.
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