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2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 Review

A nice, practical vehicle.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 is a full-size van and a rebadged version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The Mercedes-Benz version went into production in 1995, and it won the International Van of the Year award. The vehicle initially sold only in the European market, but it made its debut in the United States in 2001. In the U.S., the vehicle was built from Complete Knock Down (CKD) kits and sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand until 2003. After 2003, the van received the name Dodge Sprinter. The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 hails from the second generation of this van, which debuted in the U.S. in 2007.

The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 marks the last model year for the van. In 2010, Mercedes-Benz took over the sales and service of the van.

The Range

Body Style: full-size van
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6 OM 642 CDI
Transmission: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Sprinter 2500 144 WB, Dodge Sprinter 2500 170 WB

What's New

The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 received few changes from its 2008 version. The discontinuation of the 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 engine marks the only major change for the model. The 3.0-liter V-6 remains the only engine available for the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500.

Exterior

When it comes to a full-size passenger van, nobody really looks hard at the exterior design or beauty. However, the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 exterior has some of the trademark Mercedes-Benz traits and it remains one of the better-looking cars in its class. The angled headlight design and curves in the front give it a distinctly classier appearance than the boxier Ford and Chevy vans. The vehicle has a standard wheelbase of 144 inches and a 65-inch or 76.4-inch roof, and it also offers a wheelbase of 170 inches. Irrespective of body style, the vehicle features 16-inch steel wheels, wide-angle folding and heated mirrors, an emergency exit window at the rear, and a 51-inch sliding passenger door. Optional features include 16-inch alloy wheels, a power-sliding passenger door, headlight washers, foglights, bi-xenon headlights, a rear window washer, a heated windshield, and front and rear power sunroofs.

Interior

The interior of the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 remains the same as that of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which means it outdoes most other full-size vans in its class. In fact, the Mercedes-Benz-influenced interior of the Sprinter shows improvement over other Dodge vehicles. The steering wheel offers tilt and telescoping adjustments to meet the driver’s requirements. The front seats come in four different styles and offer many adjustments for maximum comfort. The modern layout of the instrument panel resembles that of a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) rather than a utilitarian full-size van. The 51-inch passenger door makes entering and exiting the vehicle a breeze for all 10 passengers, and the height of the vehicle makes life easy, even for the tallest of passengers.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500’s 3.0-liter V-6 engine delivers 154 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which is not great for a full-size van. The underwhelming engine does not give up its power readily, so driving the van on the highway can be exasperating. On the other hand, the engine delivers just enough to make cruising around the city less stressful. Nevertheless, the engine has minimal thrust, making drives a bit of a chore.

Despite the lack of engine power, the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 maneuvers easily. It moves around tight corners more easily than similar models. The driving position in the car makes the job of the driver even easier because it helps them steer it around almost like a car. Still, the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 is hardly the first choice for towing. Without any additional accessories, the Sprinter can tow a maximum of 2,937 pounds. Even with all of the bells and whistles, the towing capacity only bumps up to 5,000 pounds. The Sprinter does win in terms of fuel economy. With a range in the mid-20s, the van beats its competitors by a huge margin.

Safety

The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 2500 offers stability control and anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) as standard. Optional safety features include a rear parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, head curtain airbags, and front-seat side airbags.

EPA Fuel Economy

The EPA does not rate heavy-duty vehicles, but the average reported mileage falls between 18.6 mpg and 25 mpg, showing great improvement over the average fuel economy of its competitors.

You'll Like

  • Lots of room
  • Great mileage
  • Many body styles and options
  • Adequate handling
  • Associated with Mercedes-Benz

You Won't Like

  • High price
  • Below-average acceleration

Sum Up

A nice, practical vehicle.

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