2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Contender: Mercedes Sprinter
With a choice of body styles, heights, lengths, and turbodiesel engines the 2014 Sprinter is the Mercedes-Benz of vans. But is the high build quality and interior comfortable enough for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to earn the 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Golden Calipers?
The Sprinter is available with 144- and 170-inch wheelbase, and as a chassis cab, cargo van, crew van, a passenger van, and a minbus. Chassis cab models come with a standard roof while the mini bus comes only with the high roof. Other body styles are available with either roof height. Customers can choose from two turbodiesel engines: the new base 2.1-liter four-cylinder is rated 161 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.0-liter V-6 is rated 188 hp and 325 lb-ft.
Where the Sprinter’s TOTY performance falters is value -- With a choice of body styles, heights, lengths, and turbodiesel engines the 2014 Sprinter is the as a Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter is more expensive than other full-size workhorse vans. There were also complaints of wind noise and a rough ride when unladen. Could that stop the van from winning Truck of the Year honors, or does the Sprinter have what it takes to win it all?
Find out which contender becomes the 2014 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, head to motortrend.com on Wednesday, December 4.