2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo vs. 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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2019 Chevrolet Express Cargo

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2019 Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

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Safety

Both the Express Cargo and the Sprinter Cargo Van have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Express Cargo 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Sprinter Cargo Van. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Sprinter Cargo Van ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Express Cargo’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Express. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Sprinter Cargo Van.

There are almost 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Express Cargo’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Express Cargo’s standard 4.3 V6 produces 88 more horsepower (276 vs. 188) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (298 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Express Cargo’s optional 6.0 V8 produces 153 more horsepower (341 vs. 188) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (373 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Express Cargo’s 2.8 turbo diesel produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 325) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Express Cargo has 9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sprinter Cargo Van Gas’ standard fuel tank (31 vs. 22 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Express Cargo has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sprinter Cargo Van Diesel’s standard fuel tank (31 vs. 24.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Express Cargo’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sprinter Cargo Van are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Express Cargo has larger tires than the Sprinter Cargo Van (245/75R16 vs. 215/85R16).

The Express Cargo’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 75 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sprinter Cargo Van 3500/4500’s standard 85 series tires.

The Chevrolet Express Cargo’s wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The Express Cargo has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sprinter Cargo Van’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front suspension of the Express Cargo uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sprinter Cargo Van, which uses leaf springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

Chassis

The Express Cargo is shorter than the Sprinter Cargo Van, making the Express Cargo easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Express Cargo

Sprinter Cargo Van

Standard Van

224.1 inches

274.3 inches

Extended Van

244.1 inches

290 inches

The Express Cargo is 12.2 inches shorter in height than the Sprinter Cargo Van, making the Express Cargo much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The Express Cargo 2500 135” WB has 2.4 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more front hip room and 1.4 inches more front shoulder room than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” WB High Roof.

Towing

The Express Cargo’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s (6900 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van 3500 is only 7500 pounds. The Express Cargo 2500 135” WB offers up to a 10,000 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Express Cargo offers an optional under hood light to help in making nighttime maintenance checks, adding fluids, etc. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer an under hood light.

Ergonomics

The Express Cargo offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Express Cargo’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Sprinter Cargo Van does not have an oil pressure gauge.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Express Cargo offers optional rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer rear vents.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Express outsold the Mercedes Sprinter by almost three to one during 2018.

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