The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 represents the North American version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, which is a full-size van that has been in production since 1995. The Mercedes-Benz version of the van sold in the European market, and it won the International Van of the Year award when the automaker introduced in 1995. Freightliner launched the vehicle in the United States in 2001 under its original name, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It was assembled in the U.S. from a Complete Knock Down (CKD) kit.
The Mercedes-Benz branding dropped in 2003, and the vehicle began selling as the Dodge Sprinter. The second generation of the van made its debut in 2007, and the Dodge name stuck until 2010. From 2010 onward, the North American division of Mercedes-Benz took control of the sales and service of the Sprinter and the van now sells as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 represents the last version of the van with the Dodge nameplate.
Body Style: full-size van
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6 OM 642 CDI
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: Dodge Sprinter 3500 144 WB, Dodge Sprinter 3500 170 WB
Dodge discontinued the previously available 3.5-liter gasoline V-6 engine for the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500. The 3.0-liter V-6 remains the only engine available for the 2009 model year. Other than this change, the Sprinter shows no alterations.
When compared to its competitors, the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 has two clear distinctions in its exterior. First, the Sprinter stands taller than most other vans in its class. Second, the van offers more class and a sleeker design than other utilitarian vans. The front end of the Sprinter gives it an additional touch of luxury that most other carmakers have not incorporated into their vehicles. The Ford and Chevrolet vans look box-like in comparison and seem to be built for practical use only.
The Sprinter offers two wheelbases, measuring 144 inches and 170 inches. The height of the van can be either 65 inches or 76.4 inches. The standard features of the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 include 16-inch steel wheels, an emergency rear exit window, a 51-inch manual-slide passenger door, and wide-angle folding and heated mirrors. Optional features include power sunroofs at the front and/or rear, a heated windshield, a rear window washer, a headlight washer, a power-sliding passenger door, foglights, and bi-xenon headlights.
The interior of the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 resembles that of the model sold in international markets under the Mercedes-Benz moniker. As a result, the vehicle’s interior looks considerably better than the interiors of its competitors and even better than those of many Dodge vehicles. The steering wheel has a titling/telescoping function for adjusting to the driver’s needs. The height of the van gives it a very spacious feel, and the extended roof version allows even tall passengers to stand upright. The 52-inch passenger door enables passengers to get in and out of the van with ease. Overall, the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 wins many points for its classy interior.
Performance & Handling
The performance of the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 turns out to be its weakness. The 3.0-liter V-6 engine, which remains the only one available in all trim levels of the van, delivers just 154 horsepower. The engine struggles to keep the car moving, and bringing it to its top speed of 90 mph can take some time. As a result, the van proves difficult to drive on highways. On a positive note, the engine delivers 280 lb-ft of torque, which makes it one of the most maneuverable vans in its class. The driver’s position inside the van is similar to that in a car, which makes moving around even easier. Overall, the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 does poorly on the highway but provides a good drive around the city.
The standard safety equipment in the 2009 Dodge Sprinter 3500 includes an ABS and a stability control system. Optional safety equipment includes front-seat side airbags, head curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a rear parking camera.
EPA Fuel Economy
Dodge Sprinter 3500: unrated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Spacious interior
- Best fuel economy
- Many trim levels to choose from
- One of the best maneuvering capabilities in its class
- The Mercedes-Benz touch, especially on the inside
- Lots of cargo space
- Impressive towing capacity
You Won't Like
- Expensive price tag
- Underwhelming engine
Decent styling, a lot of space, and the Mercedes-Benz touch.
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