2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Diesel

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2018 MODEL
$33,995 - $56,730

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Detailed Review

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a perfect idea of a 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.

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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


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Styles

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

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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 diesel Base

Base

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

$33,995 - $56,730


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $33,995 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
2500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $38,420 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $38,795 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
3500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $41,360 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA
3500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $42,670 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA
2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $43,290 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $44,910 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $45,520 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA
2500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $45,990 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $47,140 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA
3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $47,540 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA
3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $49,160 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic rear wheel drive 2 NA
3500 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van 4WD DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $50,240 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2 NA
2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $50,860 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
2500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van 4WD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $52,480 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2   Jet Black
  Arctic White
  Brilliant Blue Metallic
  Flame Red Clear Coat
  Graphite Gray Metallic
3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Van 4WD DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $55,110 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2 NA
3500 170" WB Cargo w/High Roof 3dr Ext Van 4WD DRW (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) Starting at $56,730 MSRP N/A 188 hp @ 3800 rpm, 3 L, V6, diesel fuel
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5-speed automatic four wheel drive 2 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 23, 2019

5.6

Overall Rating


6.8/10
Features

 

5.3/10
Engine

 

6.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

3.8/10
Interior

 

5.3/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

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.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter diesel Features

6.8/10

The Mercedes Benz Sprinter 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 crew van is just offered in a number exterior colors.

Trim

2500

3500

3500 XD

MSRP

$38,420

$41,360

$42,670

 

Key

Features

Premium Appearance Package

Heavy Duty Front Axle Package

Heavy Duty Front Axle Package

 

80 Watts Stereo Output

80 Watts Stereo Output

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

 

AM/FM Stereo

AM/FM Stereo

80 Watts Stereo Output

 

Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel

Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel

AM/FM Stereo

 

Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

Wheel House Covering

Tilt-Adjustable Steering Wheel

 

Spring Loaded Rear Bumper Step

Stabilizer Bar Stabilizer Bar

Remote Keyless Power Door Locks

 

Wheel House Covering

External Temperature Display

Stabilizer Bar Stabilizer Bar

 

Front And Rear Stabilizer Bar

 

External Temperature Display

 

External Temperature Display

   

We Recommend

Buy the Sprinter with an extended wheelbase and high roof option if passengers want that extra space. Also, the 2500 trim will meet all your needs.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter diesel 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-pound feet of torque. Though it gets the right engine dynamics but generates low power. V8 on the other full-fledged vans are potent which give them an edge while acceleration too.

Models

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500

Ford Transit T-150 130

Nissan NV 1500 S

GMC Savana 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 any expensive worker vans 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 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 2500

Ford Transit T-150 130

Nissan NV 1500

GMC Savana 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 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 Turbo-Diesel 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 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 2500

Ford Transit T-150 130

Nissan NV 1500 S

GMC Savana 2500

Brake Front (in.)

N/A

12.1

14.2

12.8

Brake Rear (in.)

N/A

12.1

14.4

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,049

4,866

5,817

5,225

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

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.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter diesel Fuel Economy

6.7/10

The fact that vans do not report to EPA feds keeps its mileage in the haze. Though tank capacity is a tad lower than what other vans deliver, but that won’t affect you in any way.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter diesel 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

This van ferry cargo and passengers as well, which means long hours of travel and ensuring a proper care whose. 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. Though, 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 2500

Ford Transit T-150 130

Nissan NV 1500 S

GMC Savana 2500

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

61.4/39.1/70.2

41.1/33.6/71.3

38.4/36.3./68.6

39.6/33.9/69.2

The Sprinter's cabin is bigger and better than the competition. The 5 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 with 5 crew seats, the empty space could be either customizable to become a service vehicle. The Mercedes Euro boxy design gives it the best of the 259 cubic feet of cargo space. So, the Sprinter's appetite for cargo might exceed the normal shopper's demands.

Model

Mercedes Benz Sprinter 2500

Ford Transit T-150

Nissan NV 1500 S

GMC Savana 2500

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

259

246.0

234.1

239.7

All 4 vans were built to swallow cargo, but in this fatal 4-way, Mercedes 259 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.

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 2500

Ford Transit T-150 130

Nissan NV 1500 S

GMC Savana 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 diesel 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.com

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 2500

Ford Transit Van T-150 130

Nissan NV 1500 S

GMC Savana 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

N/A

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

N/A

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 diesel 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.

  • 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 diesel Competition

Ford Transit

Priced the same the Ford transit 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.

Nissan NV

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.

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 diesel Final Verdict

It might come with the Mercedes badge but the Sprinter is a bare bone worker van at its heart. You won't find any extravagant features or Mercedes usual 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.