V.I.S.I.T. – 2014 Mercedes Sprinter Van


After another too long break from the Hooniverse, I’ve come sprinting back with a van-geance. See what I did there? In honor of Truck Thursday and general trucking goodness, I felt obliged to share this Vehicle I Saw In Traffic with you all.

Let me set the scene for this recent sighting: my wife and I were out on a lovely spring evening in Woodinville, when I looked across the parking lot and saw this big brown beauty. The following conversation with my wife took place as we stood by our car.



“That van. I think it’s the new Sprinter.”

(eye rolls) “Are you going to take pictures of it?”


This, my friends, is what it’s like living with a hoon. Fortunately, my wife is pretty understanding of my choices. Usually. Anyway, I did indeed grab a few images to share with you all; I hope you enjoy them.


As I mentioned, this is the 2014 Mercedes Sprinter – the high roof model, to be exact – and although it looks a whole lot like every other Sprinter ever made, whether Mercedes, Dodge, or Freightliner, this refresh has a several new features that Mercedes-Benz hopes will be enough to separate you from the $45,000 sitting in your wallet.

The Sprinter has a new nose, which looks more like their SUV’s now. I thought of the GLK the first time I saw it. Somehow, they managed to squeeze and pinch a few creases into the front clip, bringing it more in line with the current consumer offerings. I like that they continue to provide the front bumper step, which I think is a pretty cool idea, don’t you? The other big feature for 2014 is the 2.1-liter diesel which, when coupled with the 7-speed OD transmission, gets you 161 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque, good enough to get a load moving, but not much more. The torque is really what’s important with a little diesel in a big van, and 265 is a good number here.


Street lights make terrible backdrops, but from this angle you can see just how tall this thing is. I rode in a Sprinter on a college trip in 2002, and I remember what a step/climb up it was just get in. It looks like that hasn’t changed.

Mercedes seems to believe that commercial buyers are willing to pay a premium for the badge on the nose and the creature comforts behind the wheel: whether that is true remains to be seen. Still, for a big cargo van, it’s not ugly, and I know how much a brown car is appreciated around here. What do you think of the 2014 Sprinter? Let us know in the comments.

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Photos: ©2014 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein, All Rights Reserved

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