2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Nothing about a big hauling cargo van screams “sexy”, but if anyone could add a little spice where none existed before, it would be Mercedes-Benz. And their 2014 Sprinter line has tip-toed in that direction.
No doubt this one is similar to ones you’ve seen on the road before, but for the new model year, the Sprinter gets gussied up with LED daytime runners, and new front fascia, and a big three point Mercedes star set in new grille-work.
From there back, the Sprinter lineup diversifies quite a bit: two wheelbase options, three body lengths, a high roof option, various curb weights, and of course, multiple body configurations offer combinations fit for any job.
Powertrain options are less complicated, luckily: a carry-over 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel putting out 188 horsepower, or a new 2.1 liter 4 cylinder turbodiesel rated at 161 horsepower. V6’s get a six speed automatic, while the new 4 cylinder’s get an also new 7 speed auto; and both feature Benz’ BlueTEC clean diesel technology with AdBlue Urea.
Our time in the Sprinter came in Germany where we tested quite a few variations. Power felt great for both engines, so we say take the new 4 cylinder and pocket the money you save on fuel.
While it’s certainly no S-Class inside, the new Sprinter does see some premium upgrades arrive, including standard infotainment with Bluetooth, new seats, and new steering wheel and shifter configurations. It stills feels very much like you’re driving a large cargo or passenger van, but at least now you mind less.
Safety is still number one, however, and for 2014, the Sprinter gets a host of new systems including Blind Spot Assist… Lane Keeping Assist… and Collision Prevention Assist. Crosswind Assist, which impressed us, won’t be available in the U.S. until later.
Arriving this fall, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter starts around $35,000.
Engine: 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel/ 2.1 liter 4 cylinder turbodiesel
Horsepower: 188/ 161
Price: Starts around $35,000