Cargo Van

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

We'd heard there was a lot of change coming to this category, and we finally got to experience some of it. After driving the new Transit Connect, we were really impressed with what the small van has to offer. It's our best-in-class pick for 2014 for the Compact Van category. It's fun to drive, and has a payload capacity of more than 1700 pounds. We also drove all the full-size vans, and, despite the quality of the new competitors in the market, the Sprinter is still tops. The Sprinter comes with a choice of two diesels, has an improved interior, and offers plenty of amenities for work and comfort. This segment will get even more interesting when the Ford Transit, Chevy City Express, and Ram ProMaster City arrive next year.


Cargo Van
Vehicle Chevrolet Express/ GMC Savana Ford E-Series Ford Transit Connect Mercedes- Benz Sprinter
Base price $28,705/$28,705 $29,595 $22,995 $36,915
Wheelbase 135.0-155.0 in 138.0-176.0 in 104.8-120.6 in 144.3, 170.3 in
Engine 4.3L OHV V-6, 4.8L OHV V-8, 4.6L SOHC V-8 2.5L DOHC I-4 3.0L DOHC TD I-4
Opt engines 5.3L OHV V-8 $995, 6.0L V-8 $2500, 6.6L TD V-8 $13,450 5.4L V-8 $3475, 6.8L V-10 $3895 1.6L T I-4 3.0wL TD V-6 $910
Power, SAE 195 hp (280, 310, 323, 260) 225 hp (255,305) 168 hp (178) 161 hp (188)
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft (296, 334, 373, 525) 286 lb-ft (350,420) 170 lb-ft (184) 265 lb-ft (325)
Airbags Front Front Front, side, cur Front
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 245/70R17 225/75R16 215/65R16 245/75R16
Fuel cap 31.0 gal 33.0-55.0 gal 15.8 gal 26.4 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 13/17 mpg (11/16, N/A) N/A 20/28 mpg (22/29) N/A
Tow cap 10,000 lb 10,000 lb 2000 lb 7500 lb
Curb weight 4919 lb 5750 lb 3467 lb 5125 lb
Payload 4187 lb 3920 lb 1710 lb 2873 lb
Cargo cap 239.7-284.4 cu ft 256.5 cu ft 105.9-130.6 cu ft 318.0-547.0 cu ft
Vehicle Nissan NV200 Nissan NV1500 Nissan NV2500 /3500HD Ram C/V
Base price $20,850 $26,415 $27,415 $22,355
Wheelbase 115.2 in 146.1 in 146.1 in 121.2 in
Engine 2.0L DOHC I-4 4.0L DOHC V-6 4.0L DOHC V-6 3.6L DOHC V-6
Opt engines None 5.6L V-8 $1900 5.6L V-8 $900 None
Power, SAE 131 hp 261 hp (317) 261 hp (317) 283 hp
Torque, SAE 139 lb-ft 281 lb-ft (385) 281 lb-ft (385) 283 hp
Airbags Fr, side, cur Front Front Fr, side, cur
Brakes, f/r Disc/drum, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS Disc/disc, ABS
Tires 185/60R15 245/70R17 245/70R17 225/65R16
Fuel cap 14.5 gal 28.0 gal 28.0 gal 20.0 gal
Fuel econ, city/hwy 24/25 mpg None None 17/25 mpg
Tow cap None 9500 lb 9500 lb 3600 lb
Curb weight 3252 lb 3049 lb 3063 lb 4150 lb
Payload 1500 lb 2535 lb 3925 lb 1800 lb
Cargo cap 122.7 cu ft 323.1 cu ft 323.1 cu ft 144.4 cu ft
Vehicle Ram ProMaster      
Base price $29,625      
Wheelbase 118.0-159.0 in      
Engine 3.6L DOHC V-6      
Opt engines 3.0L TD I-4      
Power, SAE 280 hp (174)      
Torque, SAE 260 lb-ft (295)      
Airbags Fr, side, curt      
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS      
Tires 225/75R16      
Fuel cap 24.0 gal      
Fuel econ, city/hwy None      
Tow cap 5100 lb      
Curb weight 4628 lb      
Payload 4310 lb      
Cargo cap 283.0-530.0 cu ft