2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Mercedes‑Benz Sprinter. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Cargo Van
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Cargo Space:
    318.0 cu.ft.
  • Seating:
    2-12 Seats
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Cargo space
  • Versatile interior layout
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

  • Emergency exit window
  • Power sliding door
  • Electronic stability system
  • Passenger and cargo models
  • Three lengths available
  • Two available roof heights

2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Overview

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Vehicle Overview

Designed specifically for commercial applications as passenger, cargo or chassis-cab vans, the Sprinter is available in three lengths with a choice of two roof heights. In passenger-carrying form, the Sprinter can seat up to 12 people in four rows. The Sprinter competes in a class with the Chevrolet Express, Ford E-Series and GMC Savana.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The back doors open to the vehicle's full height and swing open 270 degrees. One-touch, triple-flash turn signals and wide-angle mirrors are standard. A power sliding door is optional on both cargo and passenger models. Exterior features include:

  • Standard power windows, locks and integrated wide-angle mirrors
  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels
  • Optional 16-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard sliding passenger-side door
  • Dual hinged doors in back with a 270-degree opening
  • Optional side doors (in place of sliding door)
  • Optional heated windshield and rain-sensing wipers

Interior
Up to 12 occupants fit inside a passenger-carrying Sprinter. Two people sit up front and as many as three more rows of seats can be installed. The Crew Van is designed to carry five people as well as cargo. All models can have bucket seats in front. Sprinters have a flat cargo floor and tapered rear-wheel housings. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth or vinyl seats
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard CD player
  • Optional six-CD changer

Under the Hood
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Vehicle Overview

Designed specifically for commercial applications as passenger, cargo or chassis-cab vans, the Sprinter is available in three lengths with a choice of two roof heights. In passenger-carrying form, the Sprinter can seat up to 12 people in four rows. The Sprinter competes in a class with the Chevrolet Express, Ford E-Series and GMC Savana.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The back doors open to the vehicle's full height and swing open 270 degrees. One-touch, triple-flash turn signals and wide-angle mirrors are standard. A power sliding door is optional on both cargo and passenger models. Exterior features include:

  • Standard power windows, locks and integrated wide-angle mirrors
  • Standard 16-inch steel wheels
  • Optional 16-inch aluminum wheels
  • Standard sliding passenger-side door
  • Dual hinged doors in back with a 270-degree opening
  • Optional side doors (in place of sliding door)
  • Optional heated windshield and rain-sensing wipers

Interior
Up to 12 occupants fit inside a passenger-carrying Sprinter. Two people sit up front and as many as three more rows of seats can be installed. The Crew Van is designed to carry five people as well as cargo. All models can have bucket seats in front. Sprinters have a flat cargo floor and tapered rear-wheel housings. Interior features include:

  • Available cloth or vinyl seats
  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard CD player
  • Optional six-CD changer

Under the Hood
Sprinters come in 2500 (three-quarter-ton) and 3500 (one-ton) ratings, but only the 2500 series includes a passenger model. Sprinters have an independent front suspension, rear leaf springs and power rack-and-pinion steering. Mechanical features include:

  • 188-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 with 325 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Optional side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Standard all-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard electronic stability system and traction control

 


Latest 2012 Sprinter Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great gas mileage

by Swanns Sprinter from Washingto DC on February 9, 2018

The van met all my needs for a commercial van. It took me one year to find a sprinter that was under $30k. I would recommend this van for commercial use Read full review

(4.0)

Finally a Van what braking all the old rules.

by The Sprinter Man on July 14, 2017

This Van actually do drives like a Mercedes Sedan and the 25-30 mpg keeps money in your pocket. Every part of this Van is much better than what we experienced from other Vans in the past. Very good "... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sprinter received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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