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The Sprinter Worker is a cost-effective way to pick up a full-size cargo van With straightforward packaging and a low cost of entry, Sprinter's new Worker van is a great way to get into a full-size cargo van without necessarily breaking the bank, even if you opt for a fully loaded model.

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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.

2016 Sprinter Worker Cargo Van
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2016 Sprinter Worker Cargo Van
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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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