2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
If you’re a man with a plan, then you’re probably a fan of the van. And no doubt the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is on your radar.
Although our recent Sprinter test covered 2014’s major updates, for 2015 there are more, starting with the first time American availability of four-wheel drive.
Paired with the 3.0 liter BlueTEC diesel V6, a single speed system adds four-corner traction with a 35:65 torque split front to rear. The body is raised 4.3 inches in front, and 3.1 inches in the rear, to handle steeper slopes. The system can also be switched on or off with one touch.
A further option is a low range gear for crawling up steeper roads and through deeper mud and snow. It’s not exactly “trail rated”, but when combined with traction control, we found the 4X4 more than capable for most situations.
Crosswind Assist, added in ’14, is standard, and counter-acts gusts by applying the brakes to the wheels of the effected side, helping keep the Sprinter in a straight line at speed.
A low friction rear axle boost fuel economy making one of the best cargo vans even better.
ZACH MASKELL: “From the outside of the Sprinter, I think: school bus. But then I get inside of it, and I drive it, and it feels like a midsize SUV. This thing will surprise anybody.”
JOHN DAVIS: On sale in early 2015, the 4X4 system will add about $6,500 to the price of most V6 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
Engine: 3.0 liter