My Test Drive in The Mammoth Mercedes Sprinter 2500 Cargo Van


By Randi Payton

I recently took a test drive in the 2021 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 Cargo Van 170. After exploring its features and capabilities, I must say that this vehicle will surely meet the cargo needs of both commercial fleets and business customers. Whether for business or commercial use, this luxury cargo van is large enough to hold just about anything.

With a sleek and modern design, the Mercedes Sprinter 2500 Cargo Van is equipped to handle any task that comes its way. The ample cargo space provides enough room for many types of equipment and gear. It has impressive features, like a rearview camera and lane departure warning, to make your driving experience safer and more comfortable. The van also has a powerful engine that delivers superior performance and efficiency.

Buyer Demographics: Some customers are small business owners who use the Sprinter as a mobile workshop or service van. Others are larger organizations that convert the Sprinter into a mobile office or transportation for their employees. Some individuals purchase the Sprinter for personal use as a luxury van for transportation or camping. One of the main appeals of the Sprinter is its spacious interior which gives buyers the ability to customize the layout to fit their specific needs. With the availability of models ranging from cargo vans to passenger vans, the Sprinter has become a popular choice for those needing a reliable, versatile, and customizable vehicle.

The Sprinter is also a popular choice for delivery businesses, where the spacious cargo area is ideal for safely transporting packages and products. Similarly, catering businesses can use Sprinter’s ample space to transport food and equipment to events. Construction businesses also benefit from owning a Sprinter, as the van can transport tools and materials to job sites. Further, Sprinters are often used as shuttle buses for hotels and airports due to their spacious interiors. Real estate professionals can also use the van’s cargo space to transport signs, brochures, and other materials to various properties. Overall, the versatility and practicality of the Sprinter make it a valuable asset for a variety of business needs.

However, there are drawbacks to owning a Sprinter, such as the higher initial cost and maintenance expenses and the difficulty of finding parking in urban areas due to its size.

Models/Price: The 2023 Mercedes Sprinter 2500 Cargo Van offers five basic models that, include 1500, 2500, 3500, 3500xd, AND 4500. Each one can be configured in a variety of ways, that include short or long-wheelbase versions. Base prices include the Cargo Van (at $43,500), Crew Van (at $46,700), Passenger Van (at $48,700), and Cab Chassis (at $47,300 MSRP).

The capacity is determined by the wheelbase size, which includes 144”, 170”, and 170” extended. The base Sprinter delivers a 6,768 lb. maximum payload, plus cargo space up to 532.6 ft³.

Power: The 2023 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter swapped the V-6 engine for a twin-turbo inline four-cylinder with gas or diesel that produces 188 horsepower and is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The new four-cylinder turbo diesel uses direct injection to siphon more power with less fuel. It saves up to 18 percent more fuel than the six-cylinder. However, the 3.0-liter V6 is available as an option. It generates 188 horsepower with 325 lb-ft of torque.

Safety: Thankfully, there are a variety of safety features available for customizing or purchasing a Sprinter Cargo van. These features include proximity sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warnings, and collision avoidance systems. Some models also include adaptive cruise control, rearview cameras, and even automatic emergency braking. However, the passenger van can be had for around $5000 more without the expense of purchasing ad installing aftermarket windows and seats.

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