2019 Nissan NV vs. 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the NV 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 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 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’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 standard 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 73 more horsepower (261 vs. 188) and 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The NV’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 Cargo Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Brakes and Stopping

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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the NV has larger tires than the Sprinter Cargo Van (245/70R17 vs. 215/85R16).

The NV 3500’s standard 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.

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the NV is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Sprinter Cargo Van.

Chassis

The NV is 2 feet, 9.7 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 12.4 inches shorter in height than the Sprinter Cargo Van, making the NV much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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.

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 standard power windows.

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