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The Sprinter Passenger Van offers optional Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Express offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Sprinter Passenger Van offers optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Express doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Sprinter Passenger Van offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Express doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Sprinter Passenger Van offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Express only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
To help make backing safer, the Sprinter Passenger Van’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Express doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Sprinter Passenger Van’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Express doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Sprinter Passenger Van uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Express uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.
Both the Sprinter Passenger Van and the Express 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 and blind spot warning systems.
The Sprinter Passenger Van comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire van and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Express’ 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
The Sprinter Passenger Van’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Express’ (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Sprinter Passenger Van’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Express’ camshafts. If the Express’ belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Sprinter Passenger Van has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Express.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Sprinter Passenger Van has a standard 250-amp alternator. The Express’ standard 150-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Sprinter Passenger Van offers larger standard and optional batteries than the Express:
Sprinter Passenger Van
The battery on the Sprinter Passenger Van is under the floor, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Sprinter Passenger Van’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Express’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mercedes 4 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.
The Sprinter Passenger Van’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 7 more horsepower (188 vs. 181) than the Express’ 2.8 turbo diesel.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Express.
The Sprinter Passenger Van has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Sprinter Passenger Van flat and controlled during cornering. The Express’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
For much better steering response and tighter handling the Sprinter Passenger Van has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Express.
The Sprinter Passenger Van’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Express doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 170” WB’s wheelbase is 35 inches longer than on the Express 2500 135” WB (170 inches vs. 135 inches).
For better maneuverability, the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 170” WB’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Express 2500 135” WB’s (47.2 feet vs. 49.2 feet).
Unibody construction makes the Sprinter Passenger Van’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Express doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Sprinter Passenger Van’s middle row seats recline. The Express’ middle row seats don’t recline.
The Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 170” WB’s cargo area provides more volume than the Express.
Sprinter Passenger Van
Behind Third Seat
111.2 cubic feet
92.1 cubic feet
A standard locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Sprinter Passenger Van. The Express doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 144” WB 4MATIC has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Express 2500 135” WB (2879 vs. 2550 lbs.).
The Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 144” WB has a much higher optional payload capacity than the Express 2500 135” WB (3441 vs. 2550 lbs.).
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 25% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.
To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Sprinter Passenger Van has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Express doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.
When three different drivers share the Sprinter Passenger 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 Express doesn’t offer memory seats.
The Sprinter Passenger 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 Express’ 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 Passenger Van allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse. The Chevrolet Express doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
The Sprinter Passenger Van’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Express’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Sprinter Passenger Van offers an optional rear wiper. The Express doesn’t offer a rear wiper.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Sprinter Passenger Van detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Express doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Sprinter Passenger Van offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Express doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Sprinter Passenger Van has standard power remote mirrors. The Express 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.
The Sprinter Passenger Van offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Express.
The Sprinter Passenger 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 Express doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Sprinter Passenger Van’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation that can trigger allergies or asthma. The Express’ air conditioner doesn’t offer a filtration system.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Sprinter Passenger Van offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Express doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Sprinter Passenger 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 Express.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the glovebox. The Express doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.
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