Used 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker
Pros & Cons
- Interior space is unmatched, with true walk-through cabin
- More affordable than other Sprinters
- Pretty maneuverable for its size
- Fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine
- Limited features, options and paint colors
- Tow ratings aren't as high as those on some rival vans
- Diesel engines lack punch compared to brawnier rivals
Which Sprinter Worker does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Businesspeople all know one thing: If you can get the same functionality and reliability for less, get that option. In the cargo van world, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker is just that option. It features the same cavernous cargo bay and 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel engine as the Sprinter. The difference is that Mercedes slims down the Worker's option packages and features to make it easier to manufacture and sell.
The standard Sprinter is available in a rainbow of colors, has an available all-wheel-drive system, and multiple length and roof height configurations. The Worker, in contrast, comes in white, is rear-wheel-drive only, and can be had in just three body configurations. There's also no passenger or wagon version of the Worker. With any of the three setups, the Worker features a 3,501-pound payload rating and 5,000-pound tow rating. For customization, Mercedes offers just two option packages.
Deciding on whether the Sprinter Worker is right for you comes down to your needs. If there's a Worker version that works for you, it's a great way to save some money. Otherwise, you'll likely need to get the regular Sprinter for full access to Mercedes' customization options.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker models
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker is a full-size cargo van available in two wheelbase lengths. The short-wheelbase (144-inch) version can be had with either the standard roof or a high-roof option. The long-wheelbase (170-inch) model comes with the high roof only. All are powered by a 3.0-liter diesel V6 (188 horsepower, 325 pound-feet of torque) and a five-speed automatic.
Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, 180-degree-opening rear doors, a passenger-side sliding door, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, front cupholder, front-seat armrests, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 5.8-inch center display, and a sound system with an auxiliary audio jack and USB port.
Highlights of the options list include cargo rails, hardboard side paneling, and three packages for the cargo van. The Convenience package includes heated side mirrors, cruise control, automatic wipers, a multifunction steering wheel and trailer pre-wiring. The Utility package includes Convenience package items and adds a wood cargo floor and LED cargo lights, among other features.
Many upfitter options — such as interior racks, partitions and roof racks — are also available and can be installed by your local dealer.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our drive of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 144 WB Passenger w/High Roof (turbo 3.0L V6 diesel | 5-speed automatic | RWD).
NOTE: The Sprinter that was tested has accoutrements and features for passenger transport, but our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Sprinter Worker.
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Our experts like the Sprinter Worker models:
- Load-Adaptive Stability Control
- Factors in vehicle load and center of gravity and can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to stabilize the van if wheelspin is detected.
- Crosswind Assist
- Can apply brakes to stabilize the van and keep on course during strong, gusting crosswinds.
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Monitors lane markings and sends visual and audible warnings if the driver drifts from the lane.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker vs. the competition
2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker
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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker vs. Ford Transit Van
The standard-wheelbase low-roof Sprinter Worker is larger, holds more cargo, and has a roomier passenger area than a comparable 148-inch, low-roof Transit 250. The Sprinter Worker is bare-bones, though. The Transit offers more customization possibility.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker vs. Ram ProMaster Cargo Van
If you plan on spending hours at a time behind the wheel of a cargo van, you might like the Sprinter more because it is a little more comfortable. Both vans are nearly tied for towing capacity.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker vs. Nissan NV Cargo
Low roof to low roof, the Sprinter Worker has a much larger cargo space. The NV's advantage, though, lies in the ability to equip it with a V8 engine or a high roof for less than the base cost of the Worker. The Sprinter is more fuel-efficient.
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According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker:
- The 2018 Sprinter Worker range is now limited to the cargo model
- Four-cylinder engine is no longer available
- Part of the second Sprinter generation introduced for 2007
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How much should I pay for a 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker?
The least-expensive 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $33,995.
Other versions include:
- 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van w/High Roof (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) which starts at $36,495
- 144" WB Cargo 3dr Van (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) which starts at $33,995
- 170" WB Cargo 3dr Van w/High Roof (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) which starts at $38,795