2020 Ford Transit Van vs. 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

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Safety

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Both the Transit Van 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, available lane departure warning systems, rear parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Transit Van 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Sprinter Cargo 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 Cargo Van ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Transit Van’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Transit Van’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 87 more horsepower (275 vs. 188) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Transit Van’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 122 more horsepower (310 vs. 188) and 142 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 258) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The Transit Van’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 325) than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Transit Van has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sprinter Cargo Van Gas’ standard fuel tank (25 vs. 22 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Transit Van has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Transit Van has larger tires than the Sprinter Cargo Van (235/65R16 vs. 215/85R16).

The Transit Van’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sprinter Cargo Van 3500/4500’s standard 85 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Transit Van has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sprinter Cargo Van’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front suspension of the Transit Van 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.

Chassis

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The Transit Van is shorter than the Sprinter Cargo Van, making the Transit Van easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Transit Van

Sprinter Cargo Van

SWB Van

219.9 inches

233.5 inches

LWB Van

237.6 inches

274.3 inches

Extended Van

263.9 inches

290 inches

The Transit Van is 13.1 inches shorter in height than the Sprinter Cargo Van, making the Transit Van much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Passenger Space

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The Transit 150 MWB has 2.4 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front shoulder room than the Sprinter Cargo Van 1500 144” WB.

The Transit 150 LWB has 2.4 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front shoulder room than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” WB High Roof.

The Transit 250 LWB-E has .2 inches more front headroom, 2.4 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front shoulder room than the Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” EXT WB High Roof.

Payload and Towing

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The Transit Van’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Sprinter Cargo Van’s (5400 vs. 5000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van 3500 is only 7500 pounds. The Transit Van offers up to a 7500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Transit Van has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Sprinter Cargo Van:

Transit Van

Sprinter Cargo Van

250 Van

4070 lbs.

3814 lbs.

350 Van

4570 lbs.

4092 lbs.

Ergonomics

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The Transit Van 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 Cargo Van doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Van’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Sprinter Cargo Van doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Transit Van has standard power remote mirrors. The Sprinter Cargo 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.

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The Ford Transit outsold the Mercedes Sprinter by almost five to one during 2018.

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