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2007 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Passenger

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2007 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Passenger Review

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Dodge took a big risk shelving its traditional full-size van in favor of an all-new European-inspired platform, but, after four years and over 20,000 units sold, the Sprinter appears to be paying big dividends. The Sprinter's innovative cargo area, fuel-efficient diesel engine and numerous configurations make it the new darling of the delivery and transportation sector. The boxy Sprinter silhouette has even begun showing up in the lucrative RV arena. With an eye on growing sales, Dodge gives the 2007 Sprinter a complete makeover, outfitting it with a host of new features as well as a longer, taller and wider body.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you operate a moving or delivery service, you'll love the Sprinter's huge cargo hold, efficient diesel engine and flexible configuration. If you're the one doing the delivering, you'll appreciate the tall roof, which reduces the need to stoop or bend when loading and unloading cargo.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Neither of the Sprinter's two V6 engine options can haul or tow with the gusto of a big V8. And, as the Sprinter has been in the U.S. market for only a few years, expectations for long-term service and parts costs are not yet established.

What's New for 2007

An all-new Sprinter design includes a wider and longer cab, two wheelbase choices, a revised instrument cluster and a choice of two new engines: A 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 or 3.5-liter gasoline V6. A new electronic stability program, called "Adaptive ESP," includes sensors that tell the system how weight is distributed in the cargo area

Driving the Sprinter 2500 Passenger
Driving Impressions

When equipped with the 3.0-liter turbodiesel, the Sprinter is surprisingly capable. While acceleration is not lightening fast, it is strong and steady. The quiet and smooth diesel engine is fuel-efficient...

... and its generous torque keeps the vehicle from getting bogged down, even when loaded with passengers or cargo. The Sprinter's steering is heavily-weighted, but not to the point of being laborious. Despite its long chassis, the Sprinter possesses a tight turning radius and responds quickly to emergency maneuvers. The ride is also pleasant and the interior cabin exhibits few rattles, even over rough pavement.

Extended Top Option
The Sprinter's higher-ceiling option lets you move in and out without needing to stoop down

Diesel engine
Designed by Mercedes-Benz, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 provides excellent low-end torque and good fuel economy. In Europe, Mercedes-Benz' diesels have a proven record of durability and longevity.

2007 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Passenger Details
Interior

The view from behind the wheel reveals a very Mercedes-Benz-like dash, instrument cluster and controls. The shift column, located near the driver's right knee, emerges from the base of the dash, creating an open passage between the passenger's and driver's footwells. The Sprinter's massive cargo bay offers a wide variety of configurations, including seating for nine passengers or a rolling workshop with a ceiling high enough to allow someone over six feet tall to work while standing upright. In its largest configuration, the Sprinter can hold up to 600 cubic feet of cargo weighing over 5,000 pounds.

Exterior

While the Sprinter isn't likely to win any beauty pageants, there is real beauty in its efficient design. The tall windshield and long door glass provide the driver excellent visibility, while the short pointed nose improves aerodynamics as well as ease of parking. Big side mirrors include separate convex mirrors to expose objects hidden in the driver's blind spots. A choice of three different roof heights (65.0, 76.4 or 84.3 inches) is augmented by two wheelbases and three different overall lengths, and other features include a rear-door opening of 270 degrees and a sliding side-door loading width of 51 inches.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every Sprinter includes, as standard equipment, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, AutoStick five-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power locks, halogen headlamps, wide-angle mirrors, tilt and height-adjustable steering wheel, AM/FM stereo with CD player, electronic stability control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), auxiliary transmission oil cooler, manual sliding right-hand door, keyless entry, hydraulic jack, dual front airbags, tire-pressure monitor and 16-inch steel wheels.

Optional Equipment

The Sprinter's configuration options include passenger and cargo vans, three body lengths (232.5, 273.2 and 289.2 inches), two wheelbases (144 and 170 inches) and three roof heights (65.0, 76.4 and 84.3 inches). Other available features include fog lamps, high-pressure headlamp washers, High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, light and rain sensors, rear reading lights, overhead console, front-passenger luxury seating, auxiliary front heater, premium sound with six-disc CD changer, power sunroof, power rear vent windows, rear backup camera, nine-passenger seating, speed control, speed limiter (74-mph top) and heated driver's and passenger's seats.

Under the Hood

A new 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 replaces the previous 2.7-liter unit, providing the same horsepower with slightly better low-end torque. Although fuel economy ratings were not available at the time this article went to press, Dodge expects them to remain fairly close to the old engine's figures, which were around 22 to 24 miles per gallon. Those seeking more horsepower can opt for the 3.5-liter V6, which pulls a bit stronger but also consumes much more fuel.


3.0-liter turbodiesel V6
154 horsepower @ 3400 rpm
280 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A


3.5-liter V6
254 horsepower @ 5900 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

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