2019 Nissan NV Passenger vs. 2018 Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The NV Passenger has standard head airbag curtains for all three seat rows that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Sprinter Passenger Van and are only available for the front seats.

Both the NV Passenger and the Sprinter Passenger Van have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available front and rear parking sensors.

The Nissan NV Passenger weighs 625 to 1328 pounds more than the Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The NV Passenger comes with a full 5-year/100,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes free 24-hour roadside assistance. The Sprinter Passenger Van’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

The NV Passenger’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sprinter Passenger Van runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are almost 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the NV Passenger’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 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 Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 3 places higher in reliability than Mercedes.

Engine

The NV Passenger’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 187 more horsepower (375 vs. 188) and 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (387 vs. 325) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

The NV Passenger has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sprinter Passenger Van (28 vs. 24.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the NV Passenger’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sprinter Passenger Van:

 

NV Passenger

Sprinter Passenger Van

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

The NV Passenger’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s standard 75 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the NV Passenger has standard 17-inch wheels. Only 16-inch wheels are available on the Sprinter Passenger Van.

The Nissan NV Passenger’s 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.

Suspension and Handling

The front suspension of the NV Passenger 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the NV Passenger’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 144” WB (146.1 inches vs. 144 inches).

Chassis

The NV Passenger is 2 feet, 9.5 inches shorter than the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 170” WB, making the NV Passenger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The NV Passenger is 16.6 inches shorter in height than the Sprinter Passenger Van, making the NV Passenger much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

The NV Passenger has 3.1 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear hip room than the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 170” WB High Roof.

Cargo Capacity

The NV Passenger has a much larger cargo volume than the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 170” WB High Roof with its rear seat up (218.9 vs. 190.3 cubic feet).

The NV Passenger’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Payload and Towing

The NV Passenger’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s (6200 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van is only 5000 pounds. The NV Passenger offers up to a 8700 lbs. towing capacity.

The NV Passenger has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Sprinter Passenger Van (2800 vs. 2322 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The NV Passenger uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Sprinter Passenger Van uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the NV Passenger to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes, air filter replacement and tire rotation based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Mercedes doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Sprinter Passenger Van.

Ergonomics

The NV Passenger’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 Passenger Van does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The NV Passenger’s optional power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Mercedes does not offer a locking feature on the Sprinter Passenger Van’s power windows.

The NV Passenger’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The NV Passenger has standard power remote mirrors. The Sprinter Passenger Van only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The NV Passenger SL’s standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

Optional NissanConnect for the NV Passenger (not available S) allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, finding fuel prices at nearby service stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The NV Passenger (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sprinter Passenger Van’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With available voice command, the NV Passenger offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The NV Passenger SV/SL has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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