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  • 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter MiniBus Rides Like An SUV

    While the 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter MiniBus does cost more than its Ford and Chevy counterparts, it is clear why the price is higher. The MiniBus is made of higher-quality materials, plus it is held to a higher standard than the models of those other manufacturers. In addition, it has a very space-efficient design and takes advantage of the enormous space available to it.


    This model is a full-size van and comes in many configurations, each having two roof heights and two wheelbases. The Cargo Van has a wood cargo floor, 16-inch steel wheels, 270-degree-swinging rear doors, and a right-side sliding door. The other options (MiniBus, Crew Van, and Passenger Van) all have similar external features.

    Interior and Equipment

    The Mercedes comes with several notable interior features, including air conditioning, a two-speaker radio, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Specific features will vary depending on the exact model configuration.

    The largest configuration is nearly twice that of a 2012 Chevrolet Express (547 cubic feet versus 270.4). The Cargo Van option has just two front seats and an empty cargo bay. The Crew Van has a second-row bench seat and accommodating side windows. The Passenger Van has rear interior trim, three extra rows in the back of the vehicle, two rear speakers, and tinted rear windows. The MiniBus has even more seats, as well as an electric dual-panel side door on the passenger side of the vehicle.

    There are many options for all configurations. The Crew and Cargo Vans can have added bulkheads, a sunroof, a roof fan, and roof rack mounting sails, while the MiniBus and Passenger Van can have added windshield wipers, a rear heater, and rear air conditioning. The MiniBus is especially the ultimate travel vehicles for large parties thanks to its spacious design and extra seating.


    The Mercedes is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V6. This provides better fuel mileage than its competition, but this engine only produces 188 horsepower, which is a little underpowered for the heaviest loads. However, it still provides a solid 325 pound-feet of torque; the Cargo Van can carry between 2,872 pounds to 3,469 pounds, while the MiniBus can handle 4,845 pounds to 5,375 pounds. Thus, while the engine may be a little underpowered for the heaviest loads, it can still move a few tons without much difficulty.


    The 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter MiniBus was upgraded when it switched from a Dodge to a Mercedes Benz. The construction is especially notable, as the quality of the materials is much better than in the past. In addition, the interior space is unmatched by any of its competitors, offering a very strong 547 cubic feet of maximum storage, nearly twice that of a Chevy Express (270.4).

    It also rides quite smoothly for a van, much like an SUV. It provides solid torque, but limited horsepower, so it can handle most hauling jobs, but probably not the heaviest of loads. Still, this model can serve a business well if it needs to transport a great number of items or people from one office to another.

    Read more about the 2012 Mercedes Benz Sprinter MiniBus to see if it is the best fit for your needs.