KBB Editors' Overview
By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor
- Updated Date: 1/29/2014
Once seen as awkward and overpriced, the 2014 Sprinter from Mercedes-Benz has become the norm. Serving everyone from shuttle services to fleet managers, the Sprinter has become the new darling of the service industry. Its tall roof, short hood and fuel-efficient diesel engine choices trump the competition in almost every category, save for towing and payload. Similar looking vans from Nissan, Ford and Ram have already debuted, but none have the Sprinter's proven track record. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter can be configured to seat up to 18 passengers or serve as a rolling repair shop. The optional extended-height roof creates enough room to allow someone 6-foot-3 to stand completely upright, while the standard loading floor height is among the lowest in the segment.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you need to find the most economical way to move people or cargo, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is tough to top. With a range of roof, chassis and configuration options, not to mention two diesel engine choices, the Sprinter can tackle any job.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a low entry-level price point, the Sprinter can't oblige. Less expensive vans from Nissan, Chevy and GMC undercut the Sprinter and all of them offer powerful gasoline engines. The Ram Promaster rivals the Sprinter on almost every level, costs less and offers both gasoline and diesel engines.
What's New for 2014
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is all-new this year, with new exterior and interior styling, a new standard 4-cylinder diesel engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission and additional accident-avoidance safety equipment. There is more high-end optional equipment too, such as an available onboard navigation radio by Becker.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van surprised us with its maneuverability and ease of operation. The new 4-cylinder turbodiesel may be fine for lighter loads, but we still prefer the torque served up by the available 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6. Although it lacks the robust horsepower of a gasoline engine, the combination of low-end torque, rear-axle gearing, and new 7-speed automatic transmission (4-cylinder) help move the Sprinter quickly both from a dead stop and when passing. Mercedes has perfected the turbocharged diesel engine, and both units work quietly and efficiently in the Sprinter, even under full throttle. Suspension settings are tuned to deliver the smoothest ride possible without allowing the tall Sprinter to wallow or lean when cornering. We found the Sprinters turning radius impressively small, a fact many delivery drivers will likely appreciate as well.
TURBODIESEL ENGINE OPTIONS
Whether it's the standard 2.1-liter 4-cylinder or the tried-and-true 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel, the Sprinter is equipped with engines that deliver strong pulling power, good fuel economy and proven longevity.
FOUR NEW ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
To better help avoid accidents, the Sprinter can be equipped with Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.
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