Dodge Sprinter – The Different Types of Sprinter Models

Are you a small business owner that needs a utility vehicle for your everyday operations? Whether you are a plumber, an exterminator or a florist, you need a reliable yet roomy and safe way of getting your goods and services to your customers.

Not a business owner? Maybe you just have a large family and you need a vehicle to get them from point A to point B with as little drama as possible. What could these two scenarios possible have in common? Easy – the Dodge Sprinter is the best.

There are three models that fulfill whatever your needs are. Here’s an overview and highlights to help you choose the right one:

Passenger Van

If you have a large family or in an occupation where you need to move a lot of people like a church youth group, a Dodge Sprinter passenger van is just what you need. There are two styles in the 2500 model group – a standard roof which is 144 inches and the high roof which is 170 inches. They all come standard as a 3.0 liter V-6 turbo diesel automatic, but you can opt for standard transmission.

The diesel gets better mileage, but you can also opt for gas engine. Either way, the mileage is better than the competitors. 12-passenger seating is standard so you know there is plenty of room for a big crowd. Of course they come with 4-wheel ABS system, traction control and stability control, but there are a myriad of other safety and performance features to choose from. You can make this van a safe ride for your group outings.

Cargo Van

The 3500 and 2500 are the cargo van models. The 3500 has a payload of 9,990 lbs while the 2500 has one of 8,550. It comes standard with the high roof of 170 inches so you will have plenty of room to maneuver as you load and unload your equipment or packages. The 3.0 liter V-6 turbo diesel automatic transmission is standard on this model.

As with the passenger van, the diesel gets better gas mileage so your time on the road doesn’t eat into your profits too much. The spacious cargo area is ready for you to personalize it to fit your business needs. You can add shelving, benches and anything else that makes storing your equipment easy. There is an extended version of the Dodge Sprinter cargo van if you require more cargo space for larger loads.

Chassis Cab

Like the passenger van, there are two roof heights – 144 inches and 170 inches. They all have a 3.0 liter V-6 turbo diesel automatic transmission and a gross vehicle weight of 11,030 lbs. The chassis cab comes with the same safety features like ABS, stability control and traction control as the other models. There are a lot of other features to make your life easier as you get your business done.

The Dodge Sprinter is more expensive than its competitors, but you get more for your money. They believe in offering luxury, safety and comfort while still providing the function of a utility vehicle. Whether you are moving people or cargo, in the long run, this is an economical and efficient way to do it.

The Dodge Ram – Now and Forever

Rams (the animal, not the truck) are famous for their massive, curled horns, which often weigh more than all of the bones in their body combined. The horns are a symbol of status and are used as weapons when fighting for dominance and mating rights. With plenty of fish in the sea, modern man doesn’t have to work as hard for attention from the opposite sex…but he still has a job to get done. So, when Dodge named their pickup after this virtually unstoppable animal, it was clear this was a pickup that meant business.

Rams (the truck, not the animal) first appeared on the market in 1981, and they were named after the Ram hood ornament present on Dodge cars since the 1930s. Dodge used “150” to indicate a half-ton truck, “250” for a three-quarter-ton and “350” for one-ton, similar to the numerical system used by Ford’s F-Series pickups. Standard cab, “Club” extended cab, and crew cab versions were offered in either 6′ 6″ or 8′ bed lengths. First generation Rams were based on the previous Dodge D-Series pickups but incorporated larger wraparound tail lamps, single rectangular headlamps and squared-off body lines. The interior was refurbished with a more modern dash and instrument panel, and it even used an updated bench seat.

Despite the name, the Ram didn’t really live up to its name in the marketplace. Though popular with fleets, they sold poorly in comparison to the Ford F-Series and General Motors’ C/K Trucks, selling just under 100,000 units per year throughout their production – something many attribute to the dated cab and chassis design and the lackluster interior.

But like anything, the Ram has its enthusiasts. And, many of them found aftermarket Ram parts the ideal solution to upgrade the components often lacking in manufacturer design.

Of the many Ram parts available, one of the easiest and most affordable is the addition of a performance-grade Ram air filter. Air filters allow air to pass through the engine more efficiently and are also reusable, saving on maintenance costs while providing a boost to your fuel efficiency of 1 – 3 mpg on average. Many Ram air filters also come in a cold air variety, further increasing horsepower by feeding air from behind an air dam. And, for even more bump to your intake, try a Ram throttle body spacer, adding performance through a high-velocity spin imposed on the incoming air.

For those who’ve toughened-up the exterior, a Ram lift kit delivers up to 3″ of extra height for more ground clearance and more room for larger tires. Custom configured to each make, model and year, a Ram lift kit is engineered to bolt directly onto your stock suspension with no welding, chopping or fabricating required-just mount the torsion keys, spacers, caps or blocks, and you’re on top.

Finally, for those who’ve spent any time or money at all preserving their body line, a Dodge Ram cover can protect your resale value by preventing rain and other harsh elements from destroying your finish. Made of durable, weatherproof fabrics, Dodge Ram covers are custom-tailored to your truck for the perfect fit, and they come in varying levels of thickness to prevent scratches and dings.

Dodge Sprinter Offers Great MPG

Times are tough and fuel prices are high, but some of us can’t transport all we need to transport in a fuel-efficient economy car. Luckily, we don’t have to, because Dodge Sprinter offers an average city MPG in the upper-20s, which is great for a cargo/passenger van of its size. Though, admittedly, it is no Prius in fuel efficiency, it offers the passenger capacity to handle large church or school groups in comfort, or enough cargo capacity to make any plumber, painter, contractor or flower delivery person happy as can be-all of which a Prius cannot offer.

According to Car and Driver, the Sprinter 2500 diesel passenger van offers 26 city MPG and 30 highway MPG, combined with the ability to carry up to 12 passengers comfortably, Sprinter blows its competition out of the fuel-efficiency waters. The GMC Savanna offers 13 City MPG and 16 Hwy MPG according to recent EPA figures, and the popular Chevrolet Express offers the same.

Sprinter’s main cargo van competitors are also the GMC Savanna, and Chevy Express, along with the popular Ford E series, all averaging 12 MPG compared to Sprinter’s upper-20s. Much of the fuel efficiency comes from its diesel powered engine. In the past, diesel engines emitted an unpleasant odor and black smoke that made them undesirable to many, but today’s diesel engines burn much cleaner and no longer produce these unpleasant effects. Of course, Sprinter also offers a gasoline engine, though the fuel efficiency will not be a good, it will have a little more get-up-and-go than the diesel model.

As hybrid engines gain popularity in smaller cars, such as the Toyota Prius, they are still very much in the development stage in cargo and passenger vans. Chevrolet has announced they will offer a 2009 hybrid Silverado, the only full-sized hybrid truck set for release as of yet, but no hybrid cargo or passenger vans are yet on the horizon. So, as of yet, Dodge Sprinter still stands as the most fuel efficient vehicle of its class.

Sprinter offers numerous options, which makes creating the van to best fit your needs a snap. It offers up to 547 cubic feet of cargo space, or seating up to 12 passengers in the passenger variety. It also offers a taller body than other vans, allowing one to stand up inside. And though they tend to look utilitarian and top-heavy, they handle like a much smaller vehicle, and provide ample safety features such as traction control, anti-lock breaks, and braking distribution regulators.

A great, fuel efficient option for large families, church organizations, and schools, as well as plumbers, contractors, caterers and other businesses, Dodge Sprinter offers unbeatable cargo and passenger space and will save you money at the gas tank. So why not have it all, fuel-efficiency and a roomy interior to accommodate all your transportation needs. Until bio-fuels become more attainable and hybrids are developed in larger vehicle classes, Sprinter offers the most fuel efficient van of its class.