2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500

#22
in Midsize vans
2018 MODEL

$33,995 - $52,480

5.6

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Once treated as an alien in America, the European Boxy design initially received some hate on the US soil. But the Mercedes was patient and now it's all good, people understand the idea and utility behind the big van design. Soon other king of the hill brands mirrored the design and got their piece of the pie. This spartan van gets the job done and deliver more than what's expected from it, but the van's own price tag might act as a scarecrow to buyers.

Starting at a pricy $38,420, the 2018 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo hides a 3.0L V6 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The transmission transfers the engine's 188 horsepower and 325-pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels of the van. Although, you still have a 4-wheel drive option.

The full-fledged vans can be defined as a big box on wheels, but competition is stiff even of these versatile boxes. The market is packed with decent performers like the Ford Transit, Nissan NV since they were the first to enter in this uncharted territory. The American born GMC Savana is also a prominent name and ready to fight it out with the Mercedes Benz Sprinter.


6.8/10
Features

 

5.3/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

3.8/10
Interior

 

5.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

This spartan van gets the job done and deliver more than what’s expected from it, but the van’s own price tag might act as a scarecrow to buyers.

Starting at a pricy $38,420, the 2018 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo hides a 3.0L V6 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The transmission transfers the engine’s 188 horsepower and 325-pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels of the van. Although, you still have a 4-wheel drive option

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Features

6.8/10

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter Cargo is offered in three trim options, 2500, 3500, and 3500 XD. All 3 trims are accessible with 3 wheelbase options and a normal 144’’, a stretched 170’’ and the further extended 170’’. The cargo variant gets either a normal roof or a high roof height. You also get a choice of drivetrain with a 4 wheel drive. The standard 2500 Sprinter Cargo get options for 3 payload capacities. The cargo van is just offered in a number exterior colors.

Trim 2500 3500 XD
MSRP $38,420 $42,670
Key Features

Premium Appearance Package

Features include all from 2500 and:

80 Watts Stereo Output, AM/FM Stereo

Driver Seat Plus

Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel

Heavy Duty Front Axle Package

Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

Partition W/Sliding Door W/O Passenger Jump Seat Package

Spring Loaded Rear Bumper Step

 

Wheel House Covering

 

Front And Rear Stabilizer Bar

 

External Temperature Display

 

We Recommend

Buy the Sprinter with an extended wheelbase and high roof option if cargo hauling is your prime motive. Also, the 2500 trim will meet all your needs. Tag in the Cargo Protection and you are secured for good.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Engine

5.3/10

“The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a commercial van in a gap year—a new van is on the horizon and the old version is pared down to its essentials” The Car Connection

Engine and Transmission

Starting from the $38,420 the Mercedes Sprinter is backed with a 3.0l V6 engine paired to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The engine cranks out 188 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Though it gets the right engine dynamics but generates low power. V8’s on the other full-fledged vans are potent which give them an edge while acceleration too.

Models Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130” Nissan NV Cargo 1500 S GMC Savana cargo 2500
MSRP $38,420 $32,380 $28,850 $32,490
Engine 3.0L l6 3.7L l6 4.0L l6 4.3L l6
Transmission 5-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 5-speed automatic 8-speed automatic
Horsepower 188 hp @ 3800 rpm 275 hp @ 6000 rpm 261 hp @ 5600 rpm 276 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque 325 lb-ft @ 1400 rpm 260 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 281 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 298 lb-ft @ 3900 rpm

It’s clear that the Sprinter is as expensive as any worker van get today. But you don’t get the adequate cost performance in that retrospect. All 3 cars in the lot drill out nearly 300 horsepower while the Sprinter struggle to give 200 ponies.  

Acceleration

Though the Sprinter weighs over 2 tons, from a standstill this juggernaut can propel to the speed of 60 in 11.4 seconds. Not a compelling number, to be honest, the rivals attain a similar speed in less time.  Initially, the Sprinter’s acceleration feels a little sluggish, it takes 18.3 seconds to hit the quarter-mile light. Slower than the other competitors but is serviceable for the boxy vans category.

Models Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130” Nissan NV Cargo 1500 S GMC Savana cargo 2500
0-60 MPH 11.4 7.5 9.6 8.4
Quarter mile 18.3 15.9 17.4 16.5
Engine 3.0L 3.7L 4.0L 4.3L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)        

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter’s weak V8 drops its germ on the acceleration. The slothful 11.4-second performance is too long even for this elephant of a car. All cars in the competition finish their bid under 10 seconds. The same goes for the quarter-mile run as well.  

Ride and Handling

The Turbodiesel V8 engine might not share the same takeoff demeanor as its rivals but it fulfills its purpose. Engineers at the Mercedes factory build it for long cruising. The initial response in the first gear is low and increases after that. Its maximum potential is unleashed on the fifth gear. The load adaptive electric stability system keeps the Sprinter’s handling stable and simple. The longer wheelbase gives it a wider turning radius and the big body makes it difficult to park in tight places. Sprinter gets one up on visibility with its big windshield.

Braking

Due to the lack of adequate information, a proper review of the Sprinter’s brakes was not possible. However, this van is moderately heavy for the boxy vans class it competes in. The van weight a whopping 5,049 pounds and still falls on the lighter side.

Model Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130” Nissan NV Cargo 1500 S GMC Savana cargo 2500
Brake Front (in.) NA 12.1 14.2 12.8
Brake Rear (in.) NA 12.1 14.4 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5,049 4,866 5,817 5,225
60-0 MPH (ft.) NA NA NA NA

Since there were no complaints regarding the previous year models, and no major changes were recorded for the Sprinter it is expected to perform well for the current year as well.

Towing Capacity

Not everyone wants to live or move luggage in the Sprinter, some small businessman also uses it for pulling loads. As a package, the Sprinter delivers 3 different trailering capacities. So, at the minimum, you will get a van capable of dragging 5,000 pounds at the minimum. Though it’s a stunning 2.5 tons of weight it still isn’t enough to please the market.

Model Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130” Nissan NV Cargo 1500 S GMC Savana cargo 2500
Maximum Towing Capacity 5000 lbs 5200 6900 lbs 10000 lbs

The GMC Savana might look old but it’s the king of the hill when comes to trailering stuff. Its 10000 pounds of trailering capacity is double of what the Sprinter offers. Other, vans like the Nissan NV can also trailer much more. The remaining two can tow a similar 5000 pounds of weight.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Fuel Economy

6.7/10

The Fuel Economy has not been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Interior

3.8/10

“The Sprinter offers lots of room for people and cargo. Driver aids exist to help maneuver the van in tight quarters. But parking still remains a challenge with such a big vehicle”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

A worker van ferry cargo, which means long hours of travel and ensuring a proper care for the freight. So, no matter how much load can a van pull it also needs to be comfortable. While the seats on the Sprinter are comfortable, it's just for a time being, give it a few hours and you will start to feel the distress of seat stiffness. While the Mercedes is known for its plush and comfortable cabins there is nothing similar in the Sprinter. Still the quality is a little upmarket but nothing more. The rear cabin is taken care of the utility while the front section is reserved from the driver and the wingman. Both seats get maximum space with 47.1 inches of headroom, 38.9 inches of legroom, and 67.7 inches of shoulder room space.

Model Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130” Nissan NV Cargo 1500 S GMC Savana cargo 2500
Passenger capacity 2 2 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 47.1/67.7/38.9 40.8/67.9/39.7 42.8/65.7/42.0 39.8/68.8/41.3

The Sprinter’s cabin is bigger and better than the competition. The 2 people boarding the Sprinter will receive a healthy cabin space. Others remain inches back and pull off a similar sense of seating space.  

Infotainment

Inside the cabin, you will happenstance a number of switches. You get a standard 5.8-inch standard infotainment screen, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary inputs, and 5-audio speakers. The active phone integration features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were absent from the standard feature list. Other controls sit in the vicinity of the driver eliminating any distractions to keep the driver focused on the road.  

Interior Features

  • Parametric Special Module (PSM)
  • Cargo Straps/Lashing Rails
  • Light Motion Sensor For Load Compartment
  • Leather Steering Wheel (MB ONLY)
  • Cargo Partition W/1 Sliding Window
  • 12V Power Outlet In Rear Compartment
  • Pre-Installation Becker Map Pilot Navigation System
  • Front Center Overhead Storage Slot
  • Convenience Lighting In Load/Passenger Compartment
  • Passenger Comfort Seat
  • Half Height Load Compartment Trim
  • Cruise Control
  • Heated Driver's Seat
  • Upper Cargo Lashing Rails
  • Cargo Partition W/1 Window

Cargo volume

Think of the 2018 Sprinter as a gigantic box, the empty space could be either customizable to become a service vehicle for electricians, plumbers etc. or to become a spacious RV. The Mercedes Euro boxy design gives it the best of the 319.1 cubic feet of cargo space. So, the Sprinter’s appetite for cargo might exceed the normal shopper's demands.

Model Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130” Nissan NV Cargo 1500 S GMC Savana cargo 2500
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 319.1 246.0 234.1 239.7

All 4 vans were built to swallow cargo, but in this fatal 4-way, Mercedes 319 cubic feet is a bar others just wish to achieve. The closest was the Ford Transit with its 246 cubic feet of cargo space. Furthermore, both the Nissan NV and the GMC Savana propel on the same cargo volume.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Exterior

5.3/10

“Mercedes boasts that the Sprinter van was ahead of its time when it brought its pragmatic, high-roof, European style to the U.S. years ago. Now, rivals like the Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster have followed suit. It should be no surprise that form follows function for the 2018 Sprinter, as it's a rolling rectangle on wheels with a short hood”- KBB

Dimension and Weight

Based on the classic big box on wheels, the Sprinter brought the zest of versatility to this workaholic class. To sum up the look, it still has the same humongous body with a short nose. The design is clean, with the Mercedes emblem dominating the overall look. Buyers get a rear side slider door option and a 270-degree opening the rear gate. It’s a big van and a utilitarian at the core, hence the buy is more concerned with the inside rather than the external appearance. However, its 233.3 inches of length, 95.5 inches of width, and 94.5 inches of height make it the biggest vans in the market today.

Model Mercedes Benz sprinter cargo 2500 Ford Transit Cargo Van T-150 130” Nissan NV Cargo 1500 S GMC Savana cargo 2500
Curb weight (lbs.) 5,049 4,866 5,817 5,225
Length(in) 233.3 219.9 240.6 224.1
Width(in) 95.5 81.3 79.9 79.2
Height(in) 94.5 83.6 83.6 84.6
Ground clearance (in) F/R 7.9/7.9   8.1/8.1 11.0/7.1
Wheelbase (in) 144.3 129.9 146.1 135.0
Track width (in) F/R 67.9/68.1 68.2/68.6 68.7/68.9  

  The Nissan NV might be the longer van but the Sprinter is the biggest boxy van in the lot. The trio of Transit, Nissan NV, and the GMC Savana remains inches shorter than the Sprinter. It also featured a larger wheelbase which encourages a wider turning radius.

Exterior Features

  • Two Stage Opening Sliding Door
  • Painted Metallic Front & Rear Bumper
  • High Roof
  • Fixed Window In Left Sliding Door
  • Wheel Chocks
  • Arctic White Painted Wheels
  • Headlamp Washing System
  • Heated And Electrically Adjustable Exterior Mirrors
  • Light Alloy Wheels
  • Rear Door Window W/Wash Wipers
  • Right Rear Door Badging Deletion
  • Wheel House Covering
  • Assist Handle For Left Rear Door
  • Electric Sliding Step
  • Windshield W/Filter Band
  • Grey Rear Door Step

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Safety

The Sprinter has not undergone any third part crash testing, so there is no credible seal of approval on the Sprinter. Still, Mercedes Benz infused a lot of safety features on the standard list for this van. You get Crosswind to assist for the narrow Sprinter design, load adaptive electronic stability, rescue assist, attention assist and more.

Safety Features

  • Crosswind Assist
  • Load adaptive electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Attention Assist
  • Rescue Assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Collision Prevention Assist
  • Blind spot assist
  • Rearview camera

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Competition

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 vs Ford Transit Cargo Van

Priced the same the Ford transit cargo has a nice threshold in the full-fledged vans market. You don’t get a lot with the Transit but the van can hold its own against the Sprinter. Ford backed the Transit with a more potent inline 8-cylinder engine. You get more horsepower on the Transit which in turn delivers better acceleration. However, Sprinter is the bigger van between the two offering more cargo but falls behind in towing things. So, the choice is clear buyers looking for more power and towing capacity can go for the Transit while the ones seeking more space and cabin quality are better off with the Sprinter.

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 vs Nissan NV Cargo

Nissan NV is one of those few vans delivering true bang for your buck. It’s priced the lowest and is backed with more power, better acceleration, and towing. Even in the market full of competitive vans like the Sprinter, the Nissan NV stands right into the market norms. The only place it lags is the scarcity of active driver assistance features which the Sprinter is flooded with. To be straight, Mercedes delivered a sweet deal with the Sprinter but Nissan did it better. With a price difference of almost $10,000 the NV wraps everything the Sprinter promises.

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500 vs GMC Savana

Pitting the GMC Savana with the Mercedes Sprinter is like comparing two different generations. It might have the brute strength to trailer 10,000 pounds but at the same time its still living with an ancient design. Also, you won’t get as many features in the Savana as you get on the Sprinter. You will have the power but with get a shorter cabin, a mummified body, and lesser options to personalize your van. You are better off with the Sprinter on this one.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Final Verdict

It might come with the Mercedes badge but the Sprinter cargo is a barebone worker at its heart. You won’t find any extravagant feature or Mercedes lush cabin. In fact, the only thing Sprinter shares with other Mercedes is the tri-star logo. You get a lot of options to customize your Sprinter with the 3 options of wheelbase and 2 height options.

However, the engine lacks the necessary power for both acceleration and trailering events. The one strong point for the Sprinter is massive walk-through cabin space and the immense size. It’s the biggest van on the market right now. As a package the Sprinter delivers everything on par and in some areas gives more than what’s needed, but the heavy price tag is what’s pulling it down.

Pros

Roomy cabin

Gigantic cargo bay

Smooth drivability despite the size

Optional 4-Wheel drive

Cons

Lack of power

Higher than the average price tag

Low towing prowess

What's New?

The 4-cylinder engine configuration is dropped

No super high roof


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33995

bodystyle

3dr Cargo Van

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu. in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 3800 rpm

torque

325 lb.-ft. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

5-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. four-wheel disc brakes/11.8 in.four-wheel disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

144.3 in.

length

233.3 in.

width

79.7 in.

height

94.5 in.

curb weight

2954 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

319.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

10220 lbs.

payload capacity

3513 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

12.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

18.7 sec.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 in Graphite Gray Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 in Flame Red Clear Coat color  2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 in Brilliant Blue Metallic color  2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 in Arctic White color  2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 in Jet Black color
Graphite Gray Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.8

Engine

5.3

Fuel Economy

6.7

Interior

3.8

Exterior

5.3

Comfort

5.5

5.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Standard Roof V6

Standard Roof V6

power
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
N/A

$33,995 - $45,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Standard Roof V6 3dr Worker Cargo Van (3L 6cyl 5AM) Starting at $33,995 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
Standard Roof V6 3dr Cargo Van (3L 6cyl 5AM) Starting at $38,420 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
Standard Roof V6 3dr Cargo Van 4WD (3L 6cyl 5AM) Starting at $45,990 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic

 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 High Roof V6

High Roof V6

power
188 hp @ 3800 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
N/A

$38,795 - $52,480


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
High Roof V6 3dr Worker Cargo Van (3L 6cyl 5AM) Starting at $38,795 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
High Roof V6 3dr Cargo Van (3L 6cyl 5AM) Starting at $43,290 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
High Roof V6 3dr Extended Cargo Van (3L 6cyl 5AM) Starting at $44,910 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
High Roof V6 3dr Cargo Van 4WD (3L 6cyl 5AM) Starting at $50,860 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
High Roof V6 3dr Extended Cargo Van 4WD (3L 6cyl 5AM) Starting at $52,480 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic