In an effort to save money on a commercial van, customers often overlook the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Granted, the Sprinter does have a slightly higher starting retail price than the Express by about $4,000, but it also comes with materials of higher quality and provides peace of mind knowing your vehicles was built by one of the most experienced automotive manufacturers in the world. When it comes to the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vs the 2016 Chevy Express, read on to find out why the extra $4,000 is more than worth it.
For the sake of consistency, the specifics mentioned in this article coincide with each van's entry-level trim. In both circumstances, the vans can be upgraded in almost every direction. This includes length, height, wheelbase, and powertrain, helping both competitors cater to a wide range of needs. This variation actually makes these vehicles very different despite their similar looks. The first and most significant difference has to do with the origin of each vehicle. The German-engineered Sprinter comes standard with a diesel engine and the American-engineered Express comes with an unleaded-gasoline V8. The result of this difference is that the Express has more power, but the Sprinter makes up for this with extraordinary gas mileage.
The Chevy Express may save you money in the first year of ownership, but the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is one of the most reliable commercial vans on the market and it is valuable where it counts. It gets better gas mileage than the Express, looks more professional, holds more cargo, has an extra seat for a third passenger, and has a big heart. Even the respectable 6-speed transmission in the Express pales in comparison to the legendary 7-speed 7G-TRONIC in the Sprinter. If you are in the market for a new commercial van, don't buy a Ford or a Chevy until you take a Sprinter for a test drive. You will thank us later!