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2013 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van - Rating Details

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Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested

2013 Mercedes-Benz 2500 144 WB Passenger (3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel 5-Speed Automatic w/High Roof))

Driven On 9/17/2013

Ratings Summary

The Sprinter is a purpose-built 12-passenger van. Most of its features focus on passenger comfort and gear hauling. Overall, it succeeds as a relatively easy-to-drive people shuttle. The turbodiesel engine is not the most powerful, but it makes enough low-end torque for most situations, while returning superb fuel mileage.
C
Performance The 188-horsepower turbodiesel 6-cylinder engine is a bit slow to get up to speed, but once there, it's easy to keep it within its 325 lb-ft of torque. There's no denying that low-speed maneuvers create some challenges for this big rig.
Acceleration
C
The 6,000-lb van accelerated from 0-to-60 mph in 11.5 seconds. Its 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 doesn't feel powerful off the line, but once up to speed it's pretty easy to maintain the truck's forward momentum.
Braking
C
The Sprinter slowed from 60 mph in 138 feet during our panic-stop test. The brakes remained consistent in feel and performance during testing, as well as out on the road in normal driving.
Steering
B
The steering is reactive and precise considering its intentions as a pure people-mover. The effort is heavy enough to feel steady on the highway yet light enough for parking lot duty.
Handling
C
The Sprinter is relatively narrow considering how tall it is. Taking sharp turns at speed is not this van's forte. An assertive stability control system lends a hand if things start to get beyond normal limits.
Driveability
B
Despite its dimensions, this conference room on wheels is easy to drive. Tight quarters can create some stress because of its size, and the modest back-up camera is only somewhat helpful.
Towing
C
The Sprinter has a 5,000-pound maximum tow rating when equipped with the Trailer Hitch Package. That's nothing to get excited about.
B
Comfort Passenger comfort is a priority for the Sprinter. Occupants will find ample space to spread out. The seats sit somewhat upright but most will find decent comfort over long distances. Ride quality improves as passenger headcount increases.
Seating Comfort
B
The driving position is a bit upright, but the seats proved comfy enough even during longer drives. Throughout the Sprinter, the full-size seats provide ample leg, hip and headroom.
Ride Comfort
B
Without question, rearmost passengers will find the Sprinter's ride more bouncy than those up front. Still, it's perfectly acceptable whether empty or fully occupied.
Quietness
C
The $1,335 Rear Heating Package I's insulation was meant for warmth, but it doubled as sound insulation. Still, some wind and tire noise reached the cabin, especially when running empty.
B
Interior Lots of room for people and cargo. Driver aids exist to help maneuver the van in tight quarters, but parking still remains a challenge with such a big vehicle. Efforts have been made to ease entry/exit, and to keep passengers cozy once settled.
Ergonomics
C
All controls are within reach of the driver and functionally intuitive. This is an older version of the Mercedes COMAND system, so the layout is simple.
Ingress/Egress
C
The Sprinter has a step leading into it, which is necessary considering it sits so high off the ground. The doors are large, so some folks may find them a bit heavy to manage.
Space/Room
A
The front seats fit most body types fine. Further back, the large bench seats offer lots of leg and headroom and will keep passengers comfortable, unless all seats are filled. Then, hip room gets tight.
Visibility
B
Massive windows, an optional $910 parking aid system and a $920 rearview camera offer needed driver aids. That said, there are still several blind spots on this large van.
Cargo/Storage
A
The Sprinter has storage behind the seating compartment, beneath the seats and in seatback storage nets. Need more space? The rear seat benches are easily removed by two people.
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B
Value Build quality on our test car was commendable. The ability to purchase individual options is rare, and welcome. Warranty and ownership items are about average with the exception of a respectable 5-year/100,000-mile warranty on the drivetrain. But the price is steep.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Nary a squeak nor rattle from our test vehicle. It was solid and true to the level of build quiality we expect from Mercedes-Benz.
Features(vs. $)
C
The ability to choose numerous stand-alone options is a real bonus. Our van had 17 indivudually-selected options in addition to 6 option packages.
Cost
C
Our van had a starting MSRP of $40,320. After a long list of options, it increased to $59,170.
MPG
B
EPA estimates were unavailable, but we averaged 18.2 mpg during our 400-mile test. This means the 26.4 gallon tank can easily cover 450 miles between fill-ups.
Warranty
B
The Sprinter comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and 5 years/100,000 miles on the drivetrain.
Ownership
B
Roadside assistance for 3 years/36,000 miles. There's also a prepaid maintenance plan available. Prepaid by you.
C
Fun To Drive Large proportions can make driving the Sprinter a handful. This can be fun on a certain level, in terms of the challenge of driving something so large. But not in the traditional "fun-to-drive" sense.
Driving Experience
C
This is a big van. It blows in the wind. It's hard to maneuver on congested city streets. But it's exceptional at swallowing up people and their gear.
Personality
C
This is a people hauler. If you want to carry an inordinate amount of people in comfort for long distances while getting pretty decent fuel mileage, this is your van.
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