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2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/9/2014 Erick Ayapana

Vehicle Overview

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been updated, coinciding with the arrival of more competition in the cargo van segment. The Sprinter was first offered in the U.S. more than a decade ago and hadn't changed much since its introduction. Now, the 2014 Sprinter features slightly updated sheetmetal as well as a new engine to join the familiar 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel.

Research

The 2014 Sprinter's front fascia is where most of the styling changes take place. The headlights are larger and redesigned, while the grille and three-star logo have grown as well. Inside, the Sprinter now features a new steering wheel with metallic spokes, and the instrument panel has been updated with chrome-ringed gauges and a larger and sharper information screen.

The biggest news, however, is the addition of a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that makes 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, it's the same engine fitted in other Benz models such as the GLK crossover. We found that the small turbo engine "did surprisingly well… there is plenty of power, and anyone whose job it is to make deliveries would be happy with the smaller engine." Meanwhile, the 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel (188 hp and 325 lb-ft) carries over, along with the five-speed automatic gearbox.

New for 2014

A four-cylinder turbodiesel joins the Sprinter lineup, which sports a revised front fascia and an improved interior.

You'll Like

  • Mercedes build quality
  • Relatively good fuel economy
  • Easy access to cargo area

You Won't Like

  • High price
  • Needs more storage
  • Noisy ride

Key Competitors

  • Ford Transit
  • Nissan NV
  • Ram ProMaster

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