2019 Nissan NV Passenger vs. 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the NV Passenger 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 and available front and rear parking sensors.

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 4-year basic warranty expires 1 year and 50,000 miles sooner.

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 standard 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 73 more horsepower (261 vs. 188) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The NV Passenger’s optional 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 187 more horsepower (375 vs. 188) and 129 lbs.-ft. more torque (387 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The NV Passenger has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sprinter Passenger Van Gas’ standard fuel tank (28 vs. 22 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The NV Passenger has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sprinter Passenger Van Diesel’s standard fuel tank (28 vs. 24.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The NV Passenger’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 Passenger Van are solid, not vented.

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 1500 144” WB (146.1 inches vs. 144 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the NV Passenger is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than on the Sprinter Passenger Van.

Chassis

The NV Passenger is 2 feet, 9.7 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 29.5 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).

Cargo Capacity

The NV Passenger has a much larger cargo volume than the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 170” WB (218.9 vs. 111.2 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.

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.

While the Sprinter Passenger Van 15-Passenger is not recommended to tow, any NV Passenger can tow a minimum of 6200 pounds.

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.

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 standard power windows.

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.

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