Sunday, December 28, 2014

WSJ article on Sprinter and Ford Transit Vans: Comparison of models

I picked up a copy of the WSJ this weekend and really enjoyed the creative way the writers described the books of the year. Upon returning home via I94 and seeing all the trucks shipping cargo vans, I decided to see what the WSJ (Wall Street Journal) had to say about the growing popularity of the new European styled cargo vans in the United States. This article didn't disappoint, as the author had an idealistic and humorous perspective concerning all the options for vagabonding van lovers. Check out the full article at the following link: http://www.wsj.com:ford-transit-mercedes-benz-sprinter-big-vans-big-ideas-1419018007
Check out the WSJ comparison below:


Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 (Standard Roof)
Price, as tested: $50,000 (est)

Powertrain: Twin turbocharged, direct-injection diesel 2.1-liter in-line four; seven-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive

Horsepower/torque: 161 hp at 3,800 rpm/265 pound-feet at 1,400-2,400 rpm

Length/weight: 233.3 inches/5,643 pounds

Wheelbase: 144 inches

0-60 mph: 9 seconds

EPA fuel economy: 14/21 mpg, city/highway

Cargo capacity: 68.6 cubic feet (behind fourth row of seating)





Ford Transit 150 XLT Wagon

Price, as tested: $40,000 (est)

Powertrain: Twin turbocharged direct-injection 3.5-liter V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive

Horsepower/torque: 310 hp at 5,500 rpm; 400 pound-foot of torque at 2,500 rpm

Length/weight: 219.9 inches/5,570 pounds

Wheelbase: 129.9 inches

0-60 mph: 8 seconds

EPA fuel economy: 14/19/16 mpg, city/highway/combined

Cargo capacity: 94.2 cubic feet (behind third row of seating).