North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Transit Wagon VS 2016 Sprinter Passenger Near Jasper, GA

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2017 Ford Transit Wagon

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2016 Sprinter Passenger

Safety Comparison

The Transit Wagon has standard head airbag curtains for all three seat rows that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. Head airbags cost extra in the Sprinter Passenger Van.

The Transit Wagon’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Transit Wagon offers optional SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Transit Wagon and the Sprinter Passenger Van have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Transit Wagon 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the Sprinter Passenger Van. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Sprinter Passenger Van ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Transit Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Transit Wagon’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 149 more horsepower (310 vs. 161) and 145 lbs.-ft. more torque (400 vs. 265) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s standard 2.1 turbo diesel.

The Transit Wagon’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 24 more horsepower (185 vs. 161) and 85 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 265) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s standard 2.1 turbo diesel. The Transit Wagon’s 3.2 turbo diesel produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 325) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s optional 3.0 turbo V6 diesel.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Transit Wagon has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Transit Wagon’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s standard 75 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Transit Wagon has standard rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Sprinter Passenger Van’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The front suspension of the Transit Wagon uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Sprinter Passenger Van, which uses leaf springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Transit Wagon’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the Sprinter Passenger Van’s (53% to 47%). This gives the Transit Wagon more stable handling and braking.

The Transit 150 MWB XLT handles at .72 G’s, while the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 144” WB pulls only .61 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Transit 150 MWB’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Sprinter Passenger Van 2500 144” WB’s (42.9 feet vs. 47.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Transit Wagon is shorter than the Sprinter Passenger Van, making the Transit Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

 

Transit Wagon

Sprinter Passenger Van

SWB Van

217.8 inches

233.3 inches

LWB Van

237.6 inches

274.2 inches

Extended Van

263.9 inches

n/a

Passenger Space Comparison

The Transit 350 LWB offers optional seating for 15 passengers; the Sprinter Passenger Van can only carry 12.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Transit Wagon offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Transit Wagon’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Transit Wagon has standard power remote mirrors. The Sprinter Passenger Van only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Transit Wagon allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Transit Wagon’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Sprinter Passenger Van’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The Transit Wagon offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Sprinter Passenger Van doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Transit outsold the Mercedes Sprinter by over four to one during the 2016 model year.

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