The Sprinter Worker is a cost-effective way to pick up a full-size cargo van

If the $36,495 Sprinter 2500 cargo van is just a bit too much for your business, but Mercedes-Benz's Metris van was too small, there wasn't a model splitting the difference between the two. But now there is, it's called the Sprinter Worker, and it starts at $32,495.

Available only in white, the Sprinter Worker is built with simplicity in mind. Gone are different wheelbases and roof heights, and in its place is a short-wheelbase-only (144 inches), standard-height-roof-only cargo van. It's powered by a 2.1-liter diesel four-cylinder engine, putting out 161 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. 4x4 is not available, either.

Sounds like a bit of a bum deal, right? Not if that's the right size for you, bub. The Worker still has the same payload and towing capacities as the base Sprinter 2500 -- 3,512 pounds and 5,000 pounds, respectively. It even has a higher base cargo volume, coming in at 319.1 cubic feet versus the 2500's 246.7 cubic feet.


Targeting contractors and other tradesmen, the Worker touts service intervals up to 20,000 miles. It's also packing a good deal of standard features, including a USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, six airbags, power windows and a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel.

Only three options packages are available, offering a variety of convenience (heated mirrors, cruise control), utility (wood cargo floor, rear doors with windows) and safety (blind-spot monitoring, backup camera) features. Opt for all three and you're still spending just $500 more than a base Sprinter 2500.

The Sprinter Worker is available in the US starting today.


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