|2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter||VS||2016 Ford Transit|
|Rear-Wheel or Four-Wheel||Drive Options||Rear-Wheel Only|
|586 cubic feet||Max. Cargo Volume||487.3 cubic feet|
|188 hp (3.0-L V6)||Max. Diesel Horsepower||185 hp (3.2-L 5-cylinder)|
While the Mercedes-Benz name may instantly call to mind thoughts of premium convertibles and opulent family SUVs, that same elite German engineering that can cater to the needs of the commercial shopper as well. Either the full-size Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van or the smaller Mercedes-Benz Metris can deliver on top capability, even when pitted against the strongest rivals. In this comparison, we are going to compare the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vs the 2016 Ford Transit. Both of these full-size vans offer powerful engines and stellar towing and hauling capability. However, time and again, the Mercedes-Benz model rises to the top.
Cargo and payload capacity has to be a first consideration for the commercial driver. Both of these vehicles can handle impressive loads, but the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter pushes the envelop. Even the smallest Sprinter can hold 319 cubic feet of cargo with a minimum payload capability of 2,973 pounds. In comparison, the smallest 2016 Ford Transit can hold 246.7 cubic feet and starts at 2,740 pounds of payload. The largest Mercedes-Benz van can hold almost 100 cubic feet more than its Ford rival. Both of these vans have a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds.
When it comes to engines, this 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vs 2016 Ford Transit comparison also shows some significant differences. The Mercedes-Benz van is currently only available with a choice of two diesel powertrains. Diesel engines mean that this van can deliver on better fuel economy than most of its gas-powered rivals. Its base 2.1-liter four-cylinder is rated for 161 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The available 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 brings that up to 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. The 2016 Ford Transit is available with several gas powertrains, but its lone diesel option has less power than the top option on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
Another advantage that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has over the 2016 Ford Transit is that it is available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. Vans equipped with all-wheel drive are able to maintain better traction in all road conditions, which can help ensure the security of drivers, passengers, and cargo. The 2016 Ford Transit is available only with rear-wheel drive. For more information on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, or other commercial vehicles available here at Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City, contact a member of our sales teams today.