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2015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon: Car Seat Check

img336378834 1449079809362 jpg 2015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon | Manufacturer image; Cars.com photo by Angela Conners

CARS.COM — At first glance, the 2015 Ram ProMaster City Wagon doesn’t look like Car Seat Check fodder, but pop open the sliding doors and you’ll see it has seating for five passengers. With a starting price of $25,125 for the wagon and 101.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat, it’s hard not to think of families looking for something that can haul kiddos and lots and lots of stuff. While the ProMaster City Wagon fits three car seats across its rear bench, it has room for improvement when it comes to its Latch system and fitting child-safety seats into it.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

What We Like

  • Our three car seats — forward-facing convertible, rear-facing infant and booster seats — fit across the wagon’s backseat.
  • The rear-facing convertible seat fit well in the ProMaster City Wagon. There was no need to move the front passenger seat forward to accommodate it.
  • The forward-facing convertible also fit well in the wagon, but installing it took a lot of work because of the difficult-to-use Latch system.
  • Our high-back booster seat fit well on the wagon’s flat bench seat, and the head restraint, which is removable, didn’t affect the booster’s fit.

What We Don’t

  • The two sets of lower Latch anchors in the wagon’s outboard seats were difficult to connect to because of seat upholstery that covered part of the anchors. It took several attempts before we managed to connect the convertible car seat’s rigid connectors and the infant seat’s hooklike connectors to the wagon’s Latch anchors.
  • The wagon’s three tether anchors sit at the base of the seatbacks. They’re not marked and sit near cargo hooks on the cargo floor that parents may mistakenly use instead of the tether anchors.
  • To fit the rear-facing infant seat, we had to move the front passenger seat forward to fit the car seat behind it. While we only moved the front seat forward a little, it had a big impact on front legroom. Out 5-foot-8-inch tester’s knees were nearly touching the glove box.
  • The seat belt buckles are floppy in the wagon’s backseat. This setup could make it difficult for younger kids in booster seats to buckle up on their own.
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Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row. 

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

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Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Newman is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience, including 15 years as an automotive journalist at Cars.com. Jennifer leads the Editorial team in its mission of helping car shoppers find the vehicle that best fits their life. A mom of two, she’s graduated from kids in car seats to teens behind the steering wheel. She’s also a certified car-seat technician with more than 12 years of experience, as well as member of the World Car Jury, Automotive Press Association and Midwest Automotive Media Association. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennilnewman/ Instagram: @jennilnewman Email Jennifer Newman

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