The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van introduces upgrades that will have drivers more pleased to pay a premium for this premium vehicle (no pun intended!). While it may seem absurd to have a luxury workhorse vehicle, Mercedes puts itself ahead of the competition with a van that will put you ahead of the competition.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Van introduces a new base engine and transmission system, new safety aids, subtle styling changes and an improved audio system, all of which add up to increased luxury in this cargo-or-passenger vehicle. Whether you are hauling work equipment or hauling people, the Sprinter will deliver with both size and accessibility. You won’t get the luxurious features like wood trim, leather upholstery or high-tech gadgets you may expect from a Mercedes, but you will get the workhorse reputation that the automaker has built for itself over in Europe. The Sprinter comes in a number of different configurations that allow you to essentially build a vehicle that will best suit your needs.
The exterior of the Cargo Van delivers in length, height and width, and at maximum size, it can reach up to 23 feet long and 9 feet high. The Sprinter is available in different configurations that each offers the option of two wheelbases and two roof heights. It has a 130-cm sliding door and 50-cm step-in height, which make accessibility a breeze whether it’s for cargo or passengers. Stylistically, the Sprinter has an extremely large windshield and a snub-nose front end. Exterior feature options include 16-inch alloy wheels, a driver-side sliding rear door, heavy-duty suspension, bi-xenon headlights, automatic headlights and wipers, a heated windshield, heated power mirrors and fog lamps.
The different interior configuration options serve different purposes depending on what the Van is being used for. The Cargo option comes equipped with two front seats and leaves the remainder of the cabin open. It also has the option to switch from the standard 2500 configuration to the 3500 offering, which increases the vehicle’s carrying capacity. The Crew Van adds a three-place rear bench seat and The Passenger Van seats up to 12 passengers across four seating rows. Several seat adjustments for the driver ensure that this will be comfortable ride. Standard with the Cargo Van is hill-start assist, passenger-side sliding rear door, wood cargo floor, air-conditioning, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and five-speaker sound system. There are a multitude of available upgrades in each configuration, but the highlights include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, cruise control, a speed limiter, a navigation system and different front seat designs. While you may not be getting the luxurious interior you would get in a Mercedes sedan, the build quality is both better and more modern than the other vans in its class.
Inside, the Sprinter is incomparably large. Maximum configuration can set the roof height at 6 feet, 4 inches, allowing even tall people to walk around upright. At its largest configuration the storage capacity of the cabin is 15,489 liters — almost doubles what some of the competition is offering. The payload, or carrying capacity, of the Sprinter is another attractive feature. The 2500 Cargo Van has increased its payload by 550 pounds to 3,426 pounds. The 3500 can carry anywhere from 4,364 to 5,485 pounds. Standard safety features in the Sprinter are stability and traction control, front airbags and rollover mitigation. New to the 2014 model are optional safety aids such as a driver-side airbag, driver- and front passenger-side airbags packed together, front side curtain airbags, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and frontal collision warning system that can prime the brakes.
Under the hood of the 2014 Sprinter is an entirely new engine and transmission. The base option is a turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that puts out 161 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed automatic transmission puts the power in the rear wheels. An optional upgrade is the turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 rated engine that produces 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. While there is no estimated EPA for fuel efficiency on this vehicle yet, you can expect it to get significantly more kilometers out of the diesel tank compared to the cars equipped with gasoline tanks.
When driving the Sprinter, it is impossible to ignore the sheer size of the vehicle. However, considering the size, the vehicle is relatively easy to drive and remains quite stable on the road. Paying a premium price for the premium Mercedes name will buy you an all-around better vehicle than the competition vans that Ford and GM are offering and should remain a consideration if you have the budget to spend on your workhorse vehicle.
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Cargo Vans
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|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|2500 144" WB||$39,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2500 High Roof 144" WB||$42,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2500 High Roof 170" WB||$45,400||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2500 High Roof 170" WB Ext||$48,400||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3500 High Roof 144" WB||$44,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3500 High Roof 170" WB||$47,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|3500 High Roof 170" WB Ext||$50,900||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Body type||Commercial Van|
|Number of Doors||4|
|Drive Train||Rear Wheel Drive|
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For 2014, the base engine for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a turbocharged 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel generating 161 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
A turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6 rated at 188 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque is also available, paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. There are no EPA fuel economy estimates available, but given the efficiency of diesel engines, expect the Sprinter to achieve significantly better mileage than competitors with gasoline engines.
Properly equipped, a Sprinter 3500 can tow up to 7,500 pounds.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
|Interiors and Special Features:|
From behind the steering wheel, the Sprinter's Mercedes-Benz heritage is evident. The new steering wheel, dash and instruments are distinctly MBs, as are the supportive high-back seats. Safety, an attribute on which Mercedes-Benz prides itself, is evident in the Sprinter's available front-seat and side-curtain airbags. The Sprinter's cavernous cargo bay can be configured to serve as a rolling workshop, a flat-floored carryall, or as a 12-passenger shuttle. There's also a MiniBus package with varying interior layouts including airport shuttle (sideways seating and interior luggage rack), hotel shuttle (center isle and paired seating with rear bench), and wheelchair accessible shuttle (open space between seats for wheelchair access and anchoring).
Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.
Every 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter comes standard with stability and traction control, front airbags and rollover mitigation. Optional features include a driver side airbag, driver and front passenger side airbags packaged together, front side curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and a frontal collision warning system that can also prime the brakes for maximum effectiveness if an imminent collision is detected.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
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