The 2013 Mercedes Benz Sprinter MiniBus has better-quality materials, more customization options, and greater fuel efficiency than similar models from Ford and Chevy. While one might not think of a MiniBus as being very maneuverable, the Mercedes is more maneuverable than you might think. In addition, it has a great deal of interior room, enough so that someone who is 6 foot, 3 inches can easily stand upright inside, amazing considering that the vehicle is not that large.
The outside of this vehicle won’t be considered the most beautiful vehicle you’ve ever seen, but its functionality is what adds to the beauty of this vehicle. You have the option of a 144-inch or a 170-inch wheelbase. In addition, you can choose a dually rear or extended rear axle. The standard interior ceiling height is 65 inches (5 feet, 5 inches), but you can add an optional 13 inches to that for a mind-blowing 78 inches (6 feet, 6 inches).
Additionally, the MiniBus will have sliding side doors and full metal side panels. You’ll also have large side windows for unimpeded exterior views. This is also true of the Passenger Van. If you have the Crew Van, the sliding door will have a glass window, while solid panels will encompass from the door rearward. All models have a great range of colors to choose from, from the eye-catching Calcite Yellow to the more subdued Arctic White.
You can tell this vehicle is a Mercedes Benz based on the dashboard, the instrument panel, and the steering wheel. The high-back seats also give it the distinctive feel of a Mercedes. There are side-curtain and front-seat airbags. The spacious cargo bay can serve between twelve (Passenger Van, Cargo Van, and Crew Van) to fifteen (MiniBus) passengers, or it can be modified into a flat-floored equipment storage area or a rolling workshop. The MiniBus provides additional options, including an open space between seats that is suitable for wheelchair passengers, as well as an airport shuttle that has an interior luggage pack and sideways seating.
All versions come with 16-inch steel wheels, an audio system (five speakers in all models except the Passenger Van, which has thirteen), door locks, power windows, and rear doors that open up to 270 degrees. The Crew Van can hold up to five passengers thanks to its 3-person rear bench seat, while the Passenger Van can hold up to twelve passengers thanks to its four seat rows. The MiniBus adds a fifth row to bring the total passenger-carrying capacity to fifteen.
Optional equipment for all Sprinter models include a heated windshield, a rear backup camera, cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels, and an upgraded audio system that utilizes Bluetooth and a 5-inch LCD display.
Unlike their competitors, the Mercedes Benz only has one choice of engine and transmission. However, the powerful 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 and 5-speed automatic transmission can handle most hauling loads, whether its people or equipment. It has rear-wheel drive, which should handle most hauling situations easily.
The 2013 Mercedes Benz Sprinter MiniBus provides great fuel economy and has great hauling space. It can even comfortably accommodate people up to 6 feet, 3 inches tall with the optional extra ceiling height. While it is a van, it feels more like an SUV in terms of its maneuverability. It comes with many solid attributes, such as 16-inch steel wheels, power windows, and 270-degree opening rear doors, but the optional upgrades can enhance this vehicle even further to accommodate your hauling needs. The MiniBus can be a great choice to haul virtually any load, equipment-wise or human-wise.
Check out the 2013 Mercedes Benz Sprinter MiniBus to determine if it is the best vehicle for you.