What Changed for 2009:
- Gas engine no longer available
- Premium sound package no longer offered, but radio gets MP3 playback capability
- Available rear doors that open 180 degrees
- Power-sliding side door now available
- Side door that opens in two stages now offered
- Wheel chocks optional for 3500 models
The Sprinter is a full-size commercial van that is built by Mercedes-Benz
. A similar model, also called Sprinter, is offered by Freightliner. The Dodge Sprinter was introduced for the 2003 model year
and was updated for 2007
, getting larger in the process. The Sprinter has two front doors, a passenger-side sliding door and swing-out rear doors that open 270 degrees. It is available as a 2500-series passenger van, and a 2500- and 3500-series cargo van. Power for all comes from a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine. The 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine previously offered has been dropped for 2009.Model Lineup
Two wheelbases are offered for the 2500 passenger van version of the 2009 Dodge Sprinter Wagon: 144.3 inches and 170.3 inches. Two interior roof heights are offered as well: standard (65 inches) and high (76 inches). The passenger van has standard seating for 12 with two front bucket seats, 3-passenger second and third rows, and a 4-passenger fourth row. Seven-, 9- and 10-passenger configurations can also be ordered. With the long wheelbase and taller roof, the Sprinter has 187.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. The Sprinter Wagon 2500 passenger van has an 8550-pound gross vehicle weight (GVW) rating and it can haul up to 2937 pounds of payload. The Sprinter Wagon 2500 cargo van has a maximum payload of 3766 pounds and an 8550-pound GVW. The 3500 cargo van is offered with a 9990-pound GVW and a 4609-pound maximum payload or an 11,030 GVW rating and a 5649-pound maximum payload. The 3500 also offers a third roof height (84 inches) and an extended body length with 15 inches more rear overhang. With this configuration, the Sprinter cargo van has 600 cubic feet of cargo volume.
Standard features on all 2009 Dodge Sprinter Wagon models include cloth upholstery; reclining front bucket seats; front air conditioning; AM/FM/CD stereo; rubber front floor covering; power front windows and locks; remote keyless entry; tilt- and height-adjustable steering wheel; rear fog lamp; rear tow hook; wide-angle exterior mirrors with integral turn signals; front tow eye; and 16-inch all-season tires on steel wheels. Options include alloy wheels; cruise control; upgraded front suspension seats; front bench seat; rear air conditioning and heating; fog lamps; heated front seats; bi-Xenon headlights; roof rails; alarm; 6-disc CD changer; cruise control; sunroof; three additional axle ratios; headlamp washers; power-sliding side door; rear backup alarm; auxiliary battery; first aid kit; wheel chocks; auxiliary fuel tap; and a towing package.Powertrain
The lone engine in the 2009 Dodge Sprinter Wagon is a 3.0-liter, turbocharged diesel engine that produces 154 hp at 3400 rpm and 280 lb.-ft. of torque from 1200 to 2400 rpm. The transmission is a 5-speed automatic with Dodge's AutoStick manual shiftgate. Fuel-economy estimates are not available because all Sprinters have a GVW of greater than 6000 pounds.Safety
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Dodge Sprinter Wagon includes multi-stage front air bags; anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution; tire-pressure monitor; traction control; and electronic stability control with Electronic Roll Mitigation and Load Adaptive Control. Optional safety features consist of head-protecting curtain side air bags; torso-protecting front side air bags; ParkSense front and rear park assist; and a rear back-up camera.
The Dodge Sprinter has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
Electronic Roll Mitigation detects lateral acceleration that might cause a rollover. It intercedes by cutting engine torque and using the anti-lock brake system to apply brake pressure to appropriate wheels to prevent a rollover, Dodge says. Load Adaptive Control is an adaptive algorithm for the electronic stability control system that calculates vehicle mass and center of gravity to improve braking and cornering issues that might be caused by shifting loads, the automaker explains.