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2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/14/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

All 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans now have a longer service interval of 20,000 miles, and come standard with Crosswind Assist. A new four-wheel-drive system with low-range is now available as well.


Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van is a commercial vehicle available in rear- or four-wheel drive, two wheelbase lengths, three configurations, and two roof heights. Depending on the configuration, passenger versions are able to seat up to 12 passengers while cargo variants are able to carry up to 530 cubic feet of cargo.


The 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van is available with two diesel engines: a turbocharged 2.1-liter I-4 with 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 with 188 hp and 325 lb-ft paired to a five-speed automatic. Towing capacity is good with up to 7,500 pounds on high-roof cargo vans. Its available four-wheel-drive system means the Sprinter is able to handle rough, unpaved roads.

A host of safety features including Crosswind Assist and rollover mitigation help ensure that the 2015 Sprinter remains stable at higher speeds. Convenience features include an available Becker Map Pilot navigation system, a rearview camera, and parking sensors; however, the latter two aren't standard, detracting from the van's overall value proposition.

The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

What We Think

Despite its expensive starting price of $36,990 including destination, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a good choice with torque-rich diesel engines and generous cargo capacity. In a First Drive review, we said that the car's high purchase price is offset by extremely low ownership costs that help make it a competitive offering among commercial vehicles. The available four-wheel-drive system distinguishes the Sprinter from the competition by giving it all-weather capability and enables it to go through unpaved surfaces.

You'll Like

  • Torque-rich diesel engines
  • Available four-wheel-drive system
  • Low costs of ownership

You Won't Like

  • Expensive starting price
  • Rearview camera not standard

Key Competitors

  • Ford Transit
  • Chevrolet Express
  • Nissan NV1500/NV2500/NV3500
  • Ram ProMaster
  • GMC Savana


3 star


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