2014 MercedesBenz Sprinter Test Drive Popular Mechanics

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Drive

Mercedes-Benz’s revamped van gets a new front-end design, and safety features. The Sprinter more impressive than even if we’re not crazy that new face.

On-Sale Sept. 1, 2013

Base (est.): $34,000 to $40,000

Turbocharged 2.1-liter diesel 161 hp, 265 lb-ft; turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6, 188 hp, 325 lb-ft; seven-speed or five-speed automatic, RWD.

EPA Economy (city/hwy): N/A

What’s A new 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is now the standard engine. The power drops compared to the previous but that decline is offset by the increased flexibility of the new seven-speed transmission. Also new are four safety systems: Lane Assist, Highbeam Assist, Prevention Assist, and Blind Assist#151;the latter three of are firsts in the Sprinter’s class. A new Assist is standard in Sprinters outside the U.S. but we’ll to wait for it to arrive with the model.

The front-end design of the 2014 is new as well, with a wider, grille and front bumper. the Sprinter gets a new radio is compatible with factory systems. The nav itself is a standalone so fleet owners can buy one unit and it between multiple Sprinters.

Tidbit: Highbeam Assist, available on several Mercedes cars, uses a camera in the front windscreen to scan the ahead. The system can detect vehicles coming toward the and distinguish moving objects stationary ones. At speeds 22 mph, Highbeam Assist lowers the highbeams until the is clear before bringing back up.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Driving Character: The hydraulic steering in the 2014 Sprinter is with the pump opening when the assistance is needed. The of turns lock-to-lock is about you’d expect in a van, but the of the steering is quite good. the lack of an electric setup Thanks to the steering feel, the low position in the chassis, and the excellent it can be easy to forget how big the Sprinter is.

The revised interior in the 2014 is far beyond what you’d from a van: Bluetooth a 5.8-inch screen, and nicely seats are all standard.

Favorite We drove the 129-hp version of the 2014 Sprinter, not the 161-hp of the one see on sale in the United States. with less output, the diesel engine doesn’t for pickup, thanks to a wide range that allows to its full 265 lb-ft from rpm. With help the seven-speed automatic, Mercedes an 18 percent increase in fuel for the Sprinter over the 2013 with its 5G-Tronic gearbox.

Driver’s Grievance: Other the new brake-oriented Crosswind Assist’s not available in the U.S. until the model, the biggest issue we had the 2014 Sprinter is its front The wide, low-slung grille, the headlights crammed into the on either side of it, combine to the Sprinter the face of a trout. The saving grace is that to the alternate Freightliner version, on the three-point star can distract you everything else going on.

Bottom Line: The 2014 is a commercial vehicle to be sure, any Mercedes-like plushness. But we still one. The battery of safety and features along with the refined interior and impressive feel put the Sprinter at the head of its immediately, and the 15,000-mile service will draw in an audience on its With four- and six-cylinder engine options and a new seven-speed transmission fitted to the former, you be surprised to find that the Sprinter’s performance has improved as as its fuel efficiency. With gearing and wide torque the Sprinter feels more a minivan than a cargo van on the

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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