Compare 1997 Ford Explorer vs 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans

1997 Ford Explorer
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2-Door 102" WB XL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 102" WB XL 18 23 $18,285 $20,085
2-Door 102" WB Sport 18 23 $19,323 $21,265
4-Door 112" WB XL 18 23 $19,517 $21,485
2-Door 102" WB 4WD XL 16 20 $20,015 $22,050
2-Door 102" WB 4WD Sport 16 20 $20,934 $23,095
4-Door 112" WB 4WD XL 16 20 $21,206 $23,405
4-Door 112" WB XLT 18 23 $21,924 $24,220
4-Door 112" WB 4WD XLT 16 20 $23,688 $26,225
4-Door 112" WB AWD XLT 14 18 $23,688 $26,225
4-Door 112" WB Eddie Bauer 15 20 $26,187 $29,065
4-Door 112" WB AWD Eddie Bauer 14 18 $27,653 $30,730
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Eddie Bauer 15 19 $27,952 $31,070
4-Door 112" WB Limited 15 20 $29,404 $32,720
4-Door 112" WB AWD Limited 14 18 $31,120 $34,670
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Limited 15 19 $31,414 $35,005
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RWD 2500 144"
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 2500 144" N/A N/A $37,195 $39,995
RWD 2500 144" N/A N/A $37,195 $39,995
4WD 2500 170" N/A N/A $42,947 $46,180
RWD 2500 170" N/A N/A $42,947 $46,180
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,285
$37,195
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,085
$39,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$335 / month
$667 / month
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg N/A mpg
Highway
23 mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate Split Swing-Out
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.5 -
Passenger Capacity
4 12
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 -
Second Hip Room (in)
43.6 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 -
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.7 -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
42.8 -
Wheelbase (in)
101.7 144.3
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
6.7 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.2 79.7
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Overhang, Front (in)
33.8 -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
NA -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
46.9 -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
27.0 27.6
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
178.6 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
6.7 -
Height, Overall (in)
67.8 96.3
Step Up Height - Front (in)
NA -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 68.6
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 70.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 63.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
29.2 128.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.6 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA 68.6
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.9 53.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
61.8 128.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
69.4 68.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA 32.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.86 x 1.24 -
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.38 x 1.33 -
Brake Type
Power -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location
Midship Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA Midship
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
37.8 -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.0 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.7 47.6
Steering Type
Power Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
15.0 -
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1593 5556
Spare Tire Order Code
T7H NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
760 662
Rear Tire Size
P225/70R15 LT245/75R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1593 6084
Rear Tire Order Code
T7H RH8
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - -
Front Tire Size
P225/70R15 LT245/75R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
760 662
Spare Tire Size
P225/70R15 Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
T7H RH8
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
765 500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2,000 5000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
- 5000
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
6,000 13550
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1940 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4700 8550
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2650 5360
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1767 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2290 3970
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA 850
Maximum Alternator Watts
1425 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 850
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
95 200
Engine
Fuel System
SPFI Diesel Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
225 @ 2800 265 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
99E MG3
Displacement
4.0L/245 2.1 L/131
Engine Oil Cooler
Yes None
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 4200 161 @ 3800
Engine Type
Gas V6 Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 -
Transmission
Transfer Case Model
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.40 4.38
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.73
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
10 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.92
Trans Type
5 7
Trans PTO Access
NA No
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.86
Trans Order Code
44M G42
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA No
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Code
102" WB -
Body Style
2 Door XL Passenger Van 144" WB RWD
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Passenger Vans
Suspension
Axle Type - Front
Independent SLA Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
35 -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
2650 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Single-stage leaf Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.27 3.92
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2650 5360
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
35 -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-floating Ford Rigid Axle
Suspension Type - Front
Torsion bar Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.42 -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3200 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2290 3970
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.27 3.92
Frame
Frame Type
Single channel w/crossmembers -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA Sliding

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