The full-size Sprinter van was initially assembled by Freightliner. Early in 2003, it adopted a Dodge nameplate. For 2007, it's wider, taller and longer, and now has greater cargo and towing capacity and two new engines.
Designed specifically for commercial applications, the Sprinter is built on one of two wheelbases. Sprinters can be had with a 65- or 76.4-inch high roof, or what Dodge calls the mega roof, which provides 84 inches of walk-through height. Sprinters come in 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton) ratings, but only the 2500 series includes a passenger model.
A large grille incorporates the Dodge Ram logo. Sprinters ride on one of two wheelbases, 144 or 170 inches, and are now 233, 273 or 289 inches long overall. The back doors open to the vehicle's full height and swing open 270 degrees. New for 2007 are one-touch, triple-flash turn signals and new wide-angle mirrors.
Sprinters have an independent front suspension, rear leaf springs and power rack-and-pinion steering.
Up to 10 occupants fit inside a passenger-carrying Sprinter. Two people sit up front and as many as three more rows of seats can be installed. Sprinters have a flat cargo floor and tapered rear wheel housings. Cargo volume is 127 cubic feet, though overall cargo capacity can swell to 600 cubic feet in some models. Air conditioning is standard. New features include a tilting and height-adjustable steering wheel, CD player and power windows and locks.
Under the Hood
There are two new engines for 2007, a 154-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 diesel and a 254-hp, 3.5-liter gasoline V-6.
All-disc antilock brakes are standard. For 2007, an electronic stability system is standard. The system adjusts for how the Sprinter is loaded and adjusts its inputs to compensate. Side-impact and side curtain airbags are also newly available for 2007.