The 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Ford Transit compete to provide sophisticated solutions for your business. Both models supply modern utility and a variety of body configurations, so making a final decision can be difficult. However, we're here to help. Read our four-category guide before you make a final purchase.
When you want to tailor your work van to perfection, check out the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It's available with two wheelbases and three roof heights. If your business makes its money hauling cargo across town, you'll love the wide-wheelbase model with the super-high roof. Its class-leading cargo bed offers up to 586 cubic feet of cargo space. The Transit supplies a similar compilation of configurations, so you can create a smaller work van for your career as a residential electrician or a larger model for commercial delivery services. However, the Transit doesn't offer quite as much room - the largest model provides 487.3 cubic feet of cargo space. With nearly 100 cubic feet more, the Sprinter takes this race.
The Sprinter is your top pick for safety. It offers the kind of high-tech driver aids once found only in luxury sedans, including the forward collision warning system, which gives you advance notice when you need to slow down to avoid an accident. These features can help you keep your workforce safe, helping the bottom line. As you make your way across windy bridges, the Transit's new Side Wind Stabilization feature helps you conduct the Transit in a straight line. Unfortunately, although Ford offers forward collision warning on other models, you won't find it here. Like the Sprinter, however, the Transit does offer lane departure warning. It lets you know if you've accidentally drifted into the wrong lane to help you avoid sideswiping another vehicle.
To get through your workday with minimal fuss, choose the Sprinter. Its heated windshield offers timesaving convenience on foggy or frosty mornings, so you can hit the road with a clear view. The Sprinter's rear doors open 270 degrees, offering impressive access to your cargo items and plenty of opportunity for quick loading and unloading. Still, the Transit is not without its work-friendly capabilities. If you so desire, the cargo area's LED lighting gives you the means to work late into the night. Unfortunately, many of the Transit's most impressive utility features - like power-retractable running boards that ease ingress and egress - cost extra.
The Transit makes its move with modern infotainment features. The central Sync 3 infotainment system is straight out of Ford's noncommercial lineup, and it's packed with smartphone integration features that make your day at work feel a little more luxurious. Of course, you can also use capabilities like hands-free calling to do work-centric things, such as keeping in contact with the rest of the company fleet. The connectivity, a key component of any successful service business, will help you get things done. The Sprinter includes an auxiliary audio jack and USB port, both of which offer options when you want to play music from devices. Like the Transit, the Sprinter provides a navigation system to help you make on-time deliveries. But we like the impressive array of infotainment features here, especially for workers who spend hours away from the office.
Both work vans are capable additions to any business, but the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is our overall pick. The Sprinter's many configurations offer a wide range of solutions for just about every kind of company and with its solid lineup of utility features, there's nothing you can't get done.