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Selected Style 4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon SE 17 25 $20,810 $20,995
4-Door Wagon SXT 17 25 $25,450 $26,495
4-Door Wagon Crew 17 25 $27,290 $28,495
4-Door Wagon R/T 17 25 $28,670 $29,995
4-Door Wagon American Value Pkg 17 25 $20,810 $20,995
RWD 2500 144"
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Cab Size

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 2500 170" N/A N/A $42,947 $46,180
RWD 2500 144" N/A N/A $37,195 $39,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,810
$37,195
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,995
$39,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$350 / month
$667 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line With its worst penalty-box trim neatly excised, the 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan is a high-functioning box on wheels. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter now offers 4x4 for improved all-weather and all-terrain ability, building on its proven strengths as a flexible business vehicle.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg N/A mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Minivan -
Rear Door Type - Split Swing-Out
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in) 62.0 -
Second Leg Room (in) 36.5 -
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 -
Second Hip Room (in) 65.0 -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 63.7 -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 163.5 -
Third Leg Room (in) 32.7 -
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 -
Third Hip Room (in) 48.7 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 64.1 -
Front Leg Room (in) 40.7 -
Passenger Capacity 7 12
Third Head Room (in) 37.9 -
Front Hip Room (in) 58.4 -
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 24.4 -
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.8 -
Wheelbase (in) 121.2 144.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.7 79.7
Track Width, Front (in) 65.6 -
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 -
Length, Overall (in) 202.8 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - -
Height, Overall (in) 67.9 96.3
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 27.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - 128.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 83.3 NA
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 70.1
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 46.2 63.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 128.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 143.8 68.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - 32.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 33.0 68.6
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 49.0 53.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) - 68.6
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.9 x 1.1 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.0 x 0.5 -
Brake Type Pwr -
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA -
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) - 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 26.4
Aux Fuel Tank Location - Midship
Fuel Tank Location - Midship
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.3 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.1 47.6
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.9 -
Tires
Rear Tire Size P235/60R16 LT245/75R16
Rear Tire Order Code TX4 RH8
Front Tire Size P235/60R16 LT245/75R16
Spare Tire Size Compact Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code TX4 RH8
Spare Tire Order Code TBK NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - 662
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - 5556
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - 662
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - 6084
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 5000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) - 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4510 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 3970
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 8550
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 5360
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 13550
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.3 -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 700 850
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 160 200
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) - 850
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Diesel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 4400 265 @ 1400
Engine Order Code ERB MG3
Displacement 3.6L/220 2.1 L/131
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 283 @ 6400 161 @ 3800
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V6 Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Engine Oil Cooler - None
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.12 4.38
Clutch Size (in) NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 2.28 1.92
Trans Type 6 7
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.21 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 2.86
Trans Order Code DG2 G42
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.16 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45/1.57 1.37
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Trans PTO Access - No
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
Trans Power Take Off - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off - No
Summary
Vehicle Name Dodge Grand Caravan Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans
Body Style Passenger Van Passenger Van
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear Twist-beam Leaf
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Strut
Axle Type - Front - Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.92
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 5360
Axle Type - Rear - Rigid Axle
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.92
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3970
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.1 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 -
Doors
Side Door Type - Sliding
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-
 
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