MENU

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 High Roof Cargo Van 170

Mercedes-Benz 2500 High Roof Sprinter Cargo Van RWD-170

“A Righteous Beast of Burden”

MBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-Nose

 By Arv Voss

OVERVIEW:

There are vans and then there are VANS – Vans of all shapes and sizes, not to mention varied intended purposes. Mercedes-Benz is the producer of one of the broadest range of vans available in today’s marketplace. There is a plethora of engine choices, drive configurations, sizes and overall forms.

I most recently was afforded the opportunity to experience a humongous “beast of burden” in the form of the Mercedes Benz High Roof Sprinter 2500 Cargo Van Rear wheel drive with an extended 170” wheelbase.. It was virtually a versatile rolling cavern. The use of a stepladder for entry and exit would have made my time with this behemoth more pleasurable and I happen to be 6’4”.

POWER SOURCE:

MBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-Int

 My test Sprinter drew its motive force from a front-mounted 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 coupled to a seven-speed shiftable automatic transmission with overdrive sending power to the rear wheels. The engine was more than adequate producing 188 horsepower at 3,800 rpm while generating 325 pound feet of torque at 1,400 rpm – more than enough to haul around a cargo payload of 4,034 pounds.

DESIGN FORM:

MBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-RS-DO

 Let’s be serious here –first you take a bread box (I think they still have those) and explode it to monstrous proportions, raise the roof and stretch the wheelbase to 170-inches, allowing for a more than generous payload capacity, add a healthy V-6 power plant along with the iconic Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star logo and you have the gargantuan-sized, Sprinter 2500 Cargo Van.

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE:

MBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-WhlMBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-Dsh

 You don’t get S-Class level amenities here, but the seating comfort is a cut above most other vans. The ride quality is on the stiff side of the equation, but tends to smooth out when carrying a full load. It doesn’t serve up an overly impressive inventory of convenience features, but there’s a backup camera – a necessity to be sure and a base model stereo.

PERFORMANCE:

MBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-Whl

The turbodiesel V6 mill is definitely the way to go for the most satisfying power delivery and overall operational efficiency. Steering and handling characteristics rival many sedans, but the cargo areas’ barn-shaped mass can pose a bit of a challenge in a heavy cross-wind. There is however, a Crosswind feature. power could be improved upon for our taste, especially with a full cargo hold.

OUR FINAL IMPRESSION:

MBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-RSR

This Sprinter will cost you more than most other vans in its category, but you get what you pay for, and it is literally one of the best in its class that you can purchase. It offers more refinement with pleasing utility while serving up heightened driving dynamics. As far as technology goes, it’s always possibly to upgrade over the base offerings. Ingress and egress can be awkward for those whoa are vertically challenged, so bring a boarding step along.

 

MBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-RS-DO

MBZ-Sprinter-2500-Cargo-Van-RDO

If this particular Sprinter model doesn’t float your boat, chances are that the is a model that will, choosing from 1500, 2500, 3500 and 4500 models in a variety of configurations.

SPECIFICATIONS: Mercedes-Benz 2500 High Roof V6 Sprinter Cargo Van                                              RWD-170” WB

Base Price:                            $50,660.

Price as Tested:                    $59,160.

 

Engine Type and Size:     3.0L turbodiesel V-6

Horsepower (bhp):              188     @ 3,800         rpm

Torque (ft./ lbs.):                 325     @ 1,400         rpm

Transmission:                      7-Speed Automatic with OD

Drive Train:                          Longitudinally mounted front engine / RWD

Suspension:                          Front –  Independent

                                               Rear – Stabilizer Bar.

Brakes:                                 Power-assisted four-wheel discs – Vented front with                                                                                          ABS and brake drying.

Tires:                                   Michelin LT 245/75 R16 mounted on steel wheels.

Wheelbase:                          170   inches

Length Overall:                  290   inches

Width:                                    80   inches

Height:                                 107   inches

Curb Weight:                    5,016  lbs. – maximum payload-4,034

Turning Circle:                  23.6   ft.

Fuel Capacity:                   24.5   gallons

EPA Mileage Estimates: 15.9    average

Drag Coefficient:               Not listed

0 – 60 mph:                        Not tested

# # #

 

Read More
2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E450 4MATIC All Terrain Wagon

2021 MERCEDES-BENZ E450 4MATIC All Terrain Wagon

December 8, 2021 • Automotive Content Experience, Automotive Reviews, Cars, Mercedes-Benz • Views: 279

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC All-Terrain Wagon “Wagon Practicality with Sport Sedan-like Handling” By Arv Voss OVERVIEW A few years ago Wagons were predicted to go the way of the dinosaur. They were rapidly losing their popularity and were about as favored as the dreaded minivan with its

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: First Drive Review

June 21, 2021 • Automotive Content Experience, Automotive Reviews, Mercedes-Benz • Views: 306

Even though American car owners have adopted the SUV in place of the classic 4-door sedan, when it comes to a conveyance that exudes pure luxury, a large sedan still commands attention. And even as Mercedes-Benz meets the needs of SUV shoppers, the luxury brand continues to embrace the sedan with

Mercedes MBUX Hyperscreen

Mercedes MBUX Hyperscreen

January 11, 2021 • Mercedes-Benz, Videos • Views: 323

What will the car of the future look like? We know the flying car is slowly becoming a reality but Mercedes just released technology that looks futuristic but is here today and you will be able to buy it in a matter of months! 2021 Mercedes Benz Maybach GLS 600 Mercedes-AMG GT Fastest Production

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 4MATIC Test Drive

August 21, 2020 • Automotive Content Experience, Automotive Reviews, Cars, Mercedes-Benz, SUV • Views: 659

“2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63 4MATIC SUV” Large and In-Charge Luxury Ride OVERVIEW Not quite as big as a Chevy Suburban, but sexier and lots more powerful, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS 63 4MATIC is a very high performance, full size SUV capable of accommodating seven (or six with optional

What3Words

What3Words

June 18, 2020 • Mercedes-Benz, Videos • Views: 428

The problem of finding people or an address is solved thanks to an app that you will find in all-new Mercedes vehicles.  The app is WHAT THREE WORDS. what3words is a really simple way to talk about location.   WHAT3WORDS WHAT3WORDS have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3-word

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S Test Drive

May 20, 2020 • Automotive Content Experience, Automotive Reviews, Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz, SUV • Views: 947

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S A Big, Bad, Bold Tri-Star Performance SUV OVERVIEW Looking for a sinister performance SUV with attitude? Your search is over. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 S fills the bill on all counts. This big Benz is a four-door, 5-passenger SUV with impressive performance

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Test Drive

April 17, 2020 • Automotive Content Experience, Automotive Reviews, Mercedes-Benz, SUV • Views: 1485

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC SUV is Tri-Star Brand’s Best Selling Model. Blending style along with versatility, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class ranks as the German automaker’s top selling SUV model, which consists of no less than eight different SUV versions including the GLA, GLB, GLC

Mercedes Now Sells More SUVs Than Cars

October 18, 2019 • 2020, Mercedes-Benz • Views: 601

Mercedes Benz GLC is now their best selling vehicle and it gets a refresh for the 2020 model year. Nik Miles has more details.

The Very Best Mercedes Has To Offer

September 13, 2019 • Mercedes-Benz • Views: 626

We spent several days driving the two latest models from Mercedes. Together, they’re over $300,000 and the best engineering that Mercedes has to offer.