Best In Class: Cargo Van

Full-size: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Compact:
Ford Transit Connect

This is the category we have changed the most for 2013. This year, we decided to eliminate passenger vans altogether, as we estimate that most Truck Trend readers are more interested in the most capable vans available -- the cargo vans -- and we also changed our specs to include towing capacity. The full-size van voting came down to two top contenders, the NV and the Sprinter. The Sprinter has a diesel, boasts a low cost of ownership, and offers plenty of amenities for work and comfort. And even though we know an all-new model is coming, the Transit Connect wins for the Compact Van category. It's built for work and has a payload capacity of 1600 pounds.


Cargo Van
Vehicle Chevrolet Express Dodge C/V Ford E-Series Ford Transit Connect
Base price $26,745 $23,460 $28,455 $23,420
Wheelbase 135.0-155.0 in 121.2 in 138.0-176.0 in 114.6 in
Engine 4.3L OHV V-6, 4.8L OHV V-8, 3.6L DOHC V-6 4.6L SOHC V-8 2.0L DOHC I-4
Opt engines 5.3L OHV V-8 $995, 6.0L V-8 $2500, 6.6L TD V-8 $13,450 none 5.4L V-8 $3475, 6.8L V-10 $3895 None
Power, SAE 195 hp (280, 310, 323, 260) 283 hp 225 hp (255,305) 136 hp
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft (296, 334, 373, 525) 260 lb-ft 286 lb-ft (350,420) 128 lb-ft
Airbags Front Fr, side, cur Front Front
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/drum, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 225/65R16 225/75R16 205/65R15
Fuel cap 31.0 gal 20.0 gal 33.0-55.0 gal 15.4 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 13/17 mpg (11/16, N/A) 17/25 mpg N/A 22/27 mpg
Tow cap 10,000 lb 3600 lb 10,000 lb N/A
Curb weight 4919 lb 4150 lb 5750 lb 3400 lb
Payload 4187 lb 1800 lb 3920 lb 1600 lb
Cargo cap 239.7-284.4 cu ft 144.4 cu ft 256.5 cu ft 129.6 cu ft
Vehicle GMC Savana Mercedes- Benz Sprinter Nissan NV1500 Nissan NV2500/ 3500HD
Base price $26,745 $37,285 $26,415 $27,415
Wheelbase 135.0-155.0 in 144.3, 170.3 in 146.1 in 146.1 in
Engine 4.3L OHV V-6, 4.8L OHV V-8, 3.0L DOHC TD V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6
Opt engines 5.3L OHV V-8 $995, 6.0L V-8 $2500, 6.6L TD V-8 $13,450 5.6L V-8 $1900 5.6L V-8 $900
Power, SAE 195 hp (280, 310, 323, 260) 188 hp 261 hp (317) 261 hp (317)
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft (296, 334, 373, 525) 325 lb-ft 281 lb-ft (385) 281 lb-ft (385)
Airbags Front Front Front Front
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 245/75R16 245/70R17 245/70R17
Fuel cap 31.0 gal 26.4 gal 28.0 gal 28.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 13/17 mpg (11/16,N/A) N/A N/A N/A
Tow cap 10,000 lb 7500 lb 9500 lb 9500 lb
Curb weight 4919 lb 5125 lb 3049 lb 3063 lb
Payload 4187 lb 2873 lb 2535 lb 3925 lb
Cargo cap 239.7-284.4 cu ft 318.0-547.0 cu ft 323.1 cu ft 323.1 cu ft