2020 Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van vs. 2020 Ford Transit Van

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Sprinter Cargo Van offers optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Transit Van doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Sprinter Cargo Van (except 3500XD/4500) offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Transit Van only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Sprinter Cargo Van and the Transit 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 all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The Sprinter Cargo Van comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Transit Van’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sprinter Cargo Van 3500’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Transit Van (285/65R16 vs. 235/65R16).

Suspension and Handling

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The Sprinter Cargo Van has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sprinter Cargo Van flat and controlled during cornering. The Transit Van’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Sprinter Cargo Van has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Transit Van doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sprinter Cargo Van’s wheelbase is longer than on the Transit Van:

Sprinter Cargo Van

Transit Van

SWB Van

144 inches

129.9 inches

LWB Van

170 inches

147.6 inches

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sprinter Cargo Van is 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the Transit Van.

For better maneuverability, the Sprinter Cargo Van’s turning circle is tighter than the Transit Van’s:

Sprinter Cargo Van

Transit Van

LWB Van

47.2 feet

48 feet

LWB Van AWD

50.2 feet

n/a

Extended Van AWD

43.3 feet

n/a

Passenger Space

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The Sprinter Cargo Van offers optional seating for 6 passengers; the Transit Van can only carry 2.

The Sprinter Cargo Van 1500 144” WB has 6.5 inches more front headroom and 3 inches more front hip room than the Transit T-150 MWB.

The Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” WB High Roof has 15.6 inches more front headroom and 3 inches more front hip room than the Transit T-150 LWB.

The Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” EXT WB High Roof has 15.1 inches more front headroom and 3 inches more front hip room than the Transit T-250 LWB-E.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sprinter Cargo Van 1500 144” WB has a much larger cargo volume than the Transit T-150 MWB (319 vs. 246.7 cubic feet).

The Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” WB High Roof has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Transit T-150 LWB (370.8 vs. 277.7 cubic feet).

The Sprinter Cargo Van 2500 170” EXT WB High Roof has a much larger cargo volume than the Transit T-250 LWB-E (532.6 vs. 487.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Sprinter Cargo Van easier. The Sprinter Cargo Van’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 27.5 inches, while the Transit T-250 LWB-E’s liftover is 28 inches. The Transit T-150 MWB’s liftover is 28.9 inches.

The Sprinter Cargo Van’s cargo area is larger than the Transit Van’s in almost every dimension:

Sprinter Cargo Van

Transit T-150 MWB

Transit T-250 LWB-E

Max Width

70.4”

70.2”

70.2”

Min Width

53.2”

54.8”

45.4”

Height

67.7”

56.9”

81.5”

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Transit Van is limited to 6900 pounds. The Sprinter Cargo Van 3500 offers up to a 7500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Sprinter Cargo Van 1500 144” WB has a higher standard payload capacity than the Transit T-150 (3854 vs. 3670 lbs.).

The Sprinter Cargo Van has much higher optional payload capacities than the Transit Van:

Sprinter Cargo Van

Transit Van

1500 Van

3854 lbs.

3670 lbs.

2500 Van

4354 lbs.

4070 lbs.

3500 Van

5684 lbs.

4640 lbs.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the Sprinter Cargo Van, the optional memory seats make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions. The Transit Van doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Sprinter Cargo Van’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Transit Van’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

Keyless-Start standard on the Sprinter Cargo Van allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse. The Ford Transit Van doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sprinter Cargo Van offers an optional rear wiper. The Transit Van doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Sprinter Cargo Van offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Transit Van doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Sprinter Cargo Van’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Transit Van doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Sprinter Cargo Van, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Transit Van.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the glovebox. The Transit Van doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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