2019 Nissan NV vs. 2018 Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The NV has standard head airbag curtains 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 Cargo Van.

Both the NV and the Sprinter Cargo 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 rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The NV 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 Cargo Van’s 3-year basic warranty expires 2 years and 64000 miles sooner.

The NV’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sprinter Cargo 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’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’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 Cargo Van’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

NV

Sprinter Cargo Van

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.4 inches

11.7 inches

The NV’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.

The NV stops shorter than the Sprinter Cargo Van:

 

NV

Sprinter Cargo Van

 

70 to 0 MPH

192 feet

193 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

134 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The NV 1500/2500’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 Cargo Van’s 75 series tires.

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

The Nissan NV’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 NV has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the NV flat and controlled during cornering. The Sprinter Cargo Van 4x2 3500 LWB suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front suspension of the NV 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.

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the NV is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 4.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sprinter Cargo Van.

The NV2500 SV handles at .72 G’s, while the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” WB pulls only .65 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The NV2500 SV handles at .72 G’s, while the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” WB pulls only .65 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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

The NV is 10.6 inches shorter in height than the Sprinter Cargo Van, making the NV much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Payload and Towing

The NV’s 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 NV offers up to a 9400 lbs. towing capacity.

The NV2500 has a higher standard payload capacity than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 144” WB 4MATIC (3280 vs. 3215 lbs.).

Servicing Ease

The NV uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Sprinter Cargo 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’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.

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

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

Optional NissanConnect for the NV SV/SL 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 Cargo Van doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The NV SV/SL’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 Cargo Van’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The NV 2500-3500 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 Cargo Van doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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