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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Express are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.
Both the Express and the Sprinter Passenger 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.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Express 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Sprinter Passenger 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 Passenger Van ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Express’ corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Sprinter Passenger 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 Passenger 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’ warranty.
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.
The Express’ standard 4.3 V6 produces 88 more horsepower (276 vs. 188) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (298 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Express’ optional 6.0 V8 produces 153 more horsepower (341 vs. 188) and 115 lbs.-ft. more torque (373 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
The Express’ 2.8 turbo diesel produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 325) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.
The Express has 9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sprinter Passenger Van Gas’ standard fuel tank (31 vs. 22 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Express has 6.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sprinter Passenger Van Diesel’s standard fuel tank (31 vs. 24.5 gallons).
The Express’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sprinter Passenger Van are solid, not vented.
The Chevrolet Express’ wheels have 8 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van only has 6 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Express has standard front gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sprinter Passenger Van’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
The front suspension of the Express uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sprinter Passenger Van, which uses leaf springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
The Express 2500 135” WB is 4 feet, 2.2 inches shorter than the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 170” WB, making the Express easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The Express is 30.6 inches shorter in height than the Sprinter Passenger Van, making the Express much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).
The Express 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 Passenger Van 2500 170” WB.
The Express’ minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s (6100 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van is only 5000 pounds. The Express 2500 135” WB offers up to a 9400 lbs. towing capacity.
While the Sprinter Passenger Van 15-Passenger is not recommended to tow, any Express can tow a minimum of 6100 pounds.
The Express has a higher maximum payload capacity than the Sprinter Passenger Van (3566 vs. 3441 lbs.).
The Express offers an optional under hood light to help in making nighttime maintenance checks, adding fluids, etc. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer an under hood light.
The Express 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 Passenger Van doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Express’ 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 Passenger Van does not have an oil pressure gauge.
The Chevrolet Express outsold the Mercedes Sprinter by almost three to one during 2018.
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