2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans
Amazing interior space; easy ingress/egress; seating comfort; responsive turbo-diesel engine; fuel-efficiency; reputation for longevity
The Sprinter is powered by a 3.0L turbo-diesel BlueTec V6 engine that makes 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque--the latter figure explaining the Sprinter's surprisingly good acceleration, even with a full load. The BlueTec engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes-Benz says that the powertrain gets 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine and complies with the most up-to-date emissions standards from the EPA and California Air Resources Board.
The Sprinter's upright body, with nearly vertical side walls and a rather low loading floor, is incredibly spacious inside, leaving several feet above most occupants' heads and plenty of legroom no matter the row. There's a choice between standard and high-roof models, as well as a 144-inch or 170-inch wheelbase, and with the taller body, occupants up to 6'-4" can stand in the cabin. There are four rows of seating, with the capability to carry up to 12 passengers. Entry and exit are quite easy, thanks to a wide-opening sliding door that opens to an amazing 4'3" wide and six feet high. The standard rear doors open 270 degrees for easy cargo loading as well.
The Sprinter has an instrument panel that's a little more carlike than other traditional full-size vans, but its seating position is quite upright. Overall, the Sprinter drives with a confident, planted cornering feel than might be expected from such a tall vehicle. That's thanks to an independent, coil-spring front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and 16-inch wheels are standard.
Adaptive ESP, a special stability control system that uses Load Adaptive Control to adjust to the load being carried, is standard on all Sprinter Passenger Van models. Side thorax front airbags and side-curtain bags are available.
Standard features on the Sprinter Passenger Van include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, automatic climate control, front-seat armrests and power front windows. Options include cruise control, roof rails, a self-leveling system, bi-xenon HID headlamps, a heated windshield, auxiliary rear heating, and a rearview camera system. Available Park Assist helps drivers to safely back the vehicle into position. A number of packages are also offered, including a Cold Climate Package, Mobility Package and Trailer Hitch Package. So equipped, the Sprinter can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which is available at Daimler Vans USA commercial vehicle dealers, provides seating for up to 12, along with easy entry, an extremely roomy interior for passengers or cargo and a full roster of safety features.
The rear-wheel-drive Sprinter is essentially a passenger-duty version of the Sprinter commercial vehicle model line. There are no model changes for 2012.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, with its easy entry and exit, comfortable seating and economical operation, is ideally suited to airport shuttles, church groups and retirement homes. Mercedes-Benz diesel engines are known for their longevity and durability, as well as their low cost of operation over many years of ownership.
Mercedes-Benz says that the Sprinter offers best-in-class roof height and the easiest step-in height among large vans.
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