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2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500

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2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Review

Manages to haul more cargo than most of its competitors without sacrificing fuel economy.

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Overview

The 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 is a diesel-fueled cargo van that can carry up to ten passengers with optional rear seating. The interior cargo space is massive compared to similarly-sized vehicles, ranging from 247 cubic feet to 473 cubic feet of storage depending on the model. With a maximum payload of 3,950 pounds, it can handle almost any commercial driver’s needs. One of the main advantages over similarly-sized vans is the fuel economy. The 2.7-liter five-cylinder diesel engine can consistently achieve far higher fuel efficiency than gasoline-powered vehicles with similar size and power. As a result, it has a much more economical operational cost. Unless drivers need a more powerful vehicle for heavy-duty applications, it is difficult to find any vehicle capable of carrying the same size or weight payload that does not use about twice as much fuel in the process. In terms of function and handling, it is more akin to a truck than smaller vans. Compared to other cargo-haulers in its size and power range, it handles exceptionally well. Drivers more familiar with consumer vehicles might find the extra size and less-responsive handling a bit off-putting. The smaller models, such as the 118 WB, are a little easier to handle at the expense of having a smaller amount of interior space.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 2.7-liter five-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Sprinter 2500 118 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 High Roof 118 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 140 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 High Roof 140 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 158 WB

What's New

The 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 has a few additional features over previous models. Rear park-assist, headlamp washers, and wiring to allow hands-free cell phone usage are standard features. A windows partition can also be used to divide the cargo space inside the van.

Exterior

The Dodge Sprinter 2500 lacks much in the way of exterior options. All models have a right-mounted sliding cargo door and a rear-entry lift gate door. A left-mounted sliding door can be added as an optional feature. The model number indicates the size of the vehicle. For example, the 2500 140 WB has a 140-inch wheel base (WB), which means it is larger than the 2500 118 WB and smaller than the Sprint 2500 158 WB.

Interior

All 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 models have two bucket seats in the front. Depending on the model, the rest of the interior is either left open for cargo or filled with passenger seats. The amount of interior space depends on the model, ranging from 247 cubic feet to 473 cubic feet of internal space. Even with all three rows of seats installed, it still has a fairly impressive amount of cargo room. The overall interior is sparse for both the passenger and cargo-oriented models. Overall, there is little in the way of entertainment systems or comfort compared to many other vehicles. However, the large size does give passengers a large amount of room, at least. One of the nicer features is a rear air-conditioning system on passenger models, a feature often overlooked in this style.

Performance & Handling

The overall performance of the 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 depends largely on how it is approached. It is a large, commercial van built more like a truck than many other models. Its handling feels poor compared to most consumer vehicles, even large ones like full-size SUVs and even a few full-size vans. The cornering is slow, and the acceleration is below average. However, compared to most vehicles with the same cargo capacity and similar engines, it handles extremely well. A driver that has driven similarly loaded vehicles is going to have few issues controlling it, and find it faster and more responsive than usual. Overall, it does not fare well against consumer vehicles, but it outperforms similarly-sized commercial vehicles.

Safety

The 2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 is a fairly bare-bones commercial vehicle. However, the safety features are slightly above average compared to many of its competitors. Standard features include anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control. The large size also decreases the driver’s or passenger’s chances of being directly injured.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge Sprinter 2500: 18/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Huge cargo capacity
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Mercedes-Benz built

You Won't Like

  • High price tag
  • Relatively low-power engine

Sum Up

Manages to haul more cargo than most of its competitors without sacrificing fuel economy.

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