Used 2015 Mercedes‑Benz Sprinter 3500 Cargo Van/Minivan
Mercedes‑Benz Sprinter 3500 Cargo Van/Minivan
Competitors shrunk, but the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van remains super-sized. The Sprinter van is pricey, but promises long-term value.
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The vast majority of Mercedes Sprinters will be commercial vans, acting as delivery vehicles, airport shuttles, executive transport, and far more. The Sprinter van is available in five configurations, ranging from the Sprinter minibus to the bare Sprinter cab chassis. All are available as either the Sprinter 2500 or the heavy duty Sprinter 3500. The larger size, greater carrying capacity, and more comfortable driver’s area of the Sprinter van will make it a favorite of professional drivers. The purchasing department will scrutinize Mercedes’ promise of lower long-term operating costs when it sees the Mercedes Sprinter van’s higher purchase price. Competition is led by the far-less-expensive Ford Transit and also includes the new Nissan NV and Ram ProMaster, and the aging Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana.
You'll Like This Car If...
Those whose jobs require spending the entire workday with a vehicle will appreciate the Mercedes Sprinter van’s comfortable driving environment, as well as its super-sized carrying capacity.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Avert your eyes if you can’t focus on Mercedes’ promise of lower long-term operating costs. Some purchasing departments will be blinded by the Sprinter van’s starting price.
What's New for 2015
Two part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) systems, one with low-range gearing, are now available for the Mercedes Sprinter. To prevent the slab-sided Sprinter from being blown around, Crosswind Assist uses the Electronic Stability Program to keep the vehicle in line. Service interval for the 2015 Mercedes Sprinter is extended to 20,000 miles.
If your – or your employees’ – job description includes spending all day behind the wheel of a commercial van, delivering thousands of pounds of product or people, battling the angry ant mound of urban traffic, or hunting the correct address among a sea of identical suburban houses, the 2015 Mercedes Sprinter van offers the most comfortable mobile workspace possible.
While playing delivery driver with the Sprinter cargo van, our main objection was the position of the controls for the sound system and heating and cooling unit. The controls were small and largely out of the driver’s reach and vision. Perhaps that’s a way of saying, “Don’t listen to the radio on company time.”
Ride comfort isn’t perfect and there’s no doubt the Sprinter van is a working vehicle: In the rear is the same solid rear axle and leaf springs that have been fitted to trucks for around 115 years.
A pair of part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD) systems are now available on the 2015 Mercedes Sprinter van. The buyer must truly need this option with a price of $6,550 without low-range gearing and $6,800 with low-range gearing. Mercedes emphatically says neither system should be confused with less-robust all-wheel drive (AWD) setups.
The tallest and longest 2015 Sprinter van is 10 feet tall and 24 feet long, so high winds spell trouble. The new Crosswind Assist uses the Mercedes Sprinter’s electronic stability control to push back against Mother Nature.
Professional drivers and private owners will both appreciate the Sprinter van’s driver’s seat, seating position and view of the instrument panel. The seat is firmer and offers far more support than those found on most commercial vehicles: ideal when it’s going to be your home for the next eight hours. The extremely high seating position gives the driver a superb view of traffic and obstacles ahead. The Sprinter’s side mirrors provide large flat areas for dealing with most traffic and smaller convex mirrors nestled below to keep track of vehicles alongside. Urban drivers will be pleased with the optional backup camera.
For the 2014 model, the Mercedes Sprinter van received a revised front end to bring it in line with other vans and heavy trucks from Mercedes-Benz. The hood slopes so steeply that it’s invisible from inside the vehicle. A new grille and headlights also tie the Sprinter van to working-truck and passenger-vehicle siblings.
The Mercedes Sprinter’s standard 144-inch wheelbase version is almost as long as its competition’s extended-wheelbase versions. The longer Sprinter has a massive 170-inch wheelbase. Except for a more horizontal hood, a different grille and specific badging, this the same vehicle sold as the Freightliner Sprinter van.
Notable Standard Equipment
New for 2015, the Crosswind Assist is standard on Sprinter 2500 models. This system uses electronic stability control to offset the effect of wind gusts. Extended wheelbase models of the Sprinter van come with 18-wheeler-style paired rear wheels.
Notable Optional Equipment
An accident by a professional driver creates unhappiness in many departments of a large company and ends the driver’s career, so the Sprinter van is available with several high-tech accident-prevention features. Collision Prevention Assist is a radar-based system that helps prevent rear-end collisions by visually and audibly warning the Sprinter van driver of a vehicle hazardously close ahead. The optional Adaptive Brake Assist cooperates with the Collision Prevention Assist to engage maximum braking even if the driver fails to fully press the brake pedal. The optional rearview camera will help Sprinter drivers avoid backing into unseen objects.
Under the Hood
The 2015 Sprinter van is available with a choice of turbocharged diesel engines. Standard is a 2.1-liter 4-cylinder that makes 162 horsepower and a very large 264 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled to a 7-speed automatic transmission. That’s a combination that gives the Mercedes Sprinter van more than adequate acceleration. While EPA fuel mileage ratings are not required for vehicles with Gross Vehicular Weight Ratings (GVWR) as high as the Mercedes Sprinter, Mercedes said the 2.1-liter diesel produces highway mileage of almost 30 miles per gallon. Optional is a 188-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6, which boasts peak torque of 325 lb-ft.
2.1-liter turbocharged diesel inline-4
162 horsepower @ 3,800 rpm
264 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6
188 horsepower @ 3,800 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
Prices for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 cargo van starts at about $37,000. The Sprinter 2500 passenger van begins at just over $41,000 for the 144-inch wheelbase version. Add the V6 engine, the long-wheelbase platform, 4-wheel drive and other features, and the Sprinter passenger van easily reaches $55,000. The Sprinter cargo van in the 3500 series with the high roof, extended wheelbase and V6 engine can exceed $47,000. The most popular vehicle in this segment, the Ford Transit, starts just north of $30,500 for a cargo van and a little over $33,000 for a passenger van. Even less expensive is the Nissan NV van, which starts at about $27,000 for cargo versions and about $34,000 for passenger versions. Mercedes says Sprinter vans rarely reach the resale market until near the end of their service life, or if the business fails. Check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to find out what consumers are paying for new Sprinters in your area.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Cargo Consumer Reviews
October 02, 2018
Best van ever, period!
The van is comfortable roomy sporty and extremely versatile in what you can use it for. The fuel mileage is second to none. It looks...
September 10, 2018
This is a dream vehicle. The best of the best!!!
There is no better vehicle money can buy in this class period. I replaced my 2006 Dodge Sprinter with this 2015 Mercedes Benz Sprinter....
June 05, 2018
2015 is my 2nd sprinter, my 3rd arriving at dealer
i use my sprinter as a tool hauler, and commuting to work, both the 2013 and 2015 drove great, original kuhmo tires done at about 35000...
May 14, 2018
The Beast - 2015 2500 144 4x4
We purchased our van new summer of 2015- it has been awesome as a weekender and cross-country family hauler. When we bought our van...
April 19, 2011
February 13, 2017
2016 passenger sprinter 4x4
I have the 4x4, 3 liter engine, 144 base, low roof passenger van. we use it for vacations only. at 26,000 miles the average mpg is 19.3....
February 07, 2017
Not very reliable
Continuous check engine light problems. Multiple problems.