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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
interior cabin exhibits few rattles, even over rough pavement
Kelley Blue Book
“A more useful, practical big van doesn’t exist.”
Car and Driver
The 2008 Dodge Sprinter Wagon achieves the nearly impossible, making "full-size van" and "comfort" virtually synonymous, according to reviews read by TheCarConnection.com. As Car and Driver reports, “A more useful, practical big van doesn't exist.”
The 2008 Dodge Sprinter Wagon comes in two different wheelbases--144 and 170 inches--with the 144-inch (233 inches long) model quite maneuverable in the city. Two different roof heights are available as well. Also, three different seating configurations are offered in the 2008 Dodge Sprinter Wagon, with 9-, 10-, and 12-passenger capacities in up to four rows of seating.
As in other full-size vans, the driver and front passenger sit perched high over the front wheels. Behind the front seats, the Sprinter Wagon is as close to a box as you're likely to find in a vehicle. Properly configured, it can seat up to 12 people, and it features sliding doors on both sides. With the seats removed, the Sprinter's tall roof allows awe-inspiring cargo capacity.
A big step up from the usual SUV or minivan, the Dodge Sprinter Wagon can hold an entire soccer team. With "seating for 12 passengers" or room for "a rolling workshop with a ceiling high enough to allow someone over six feet tall to work while standing upright," Kelley Blue Book is impressed with the 2008 Sprinter's "massive cargo bay" and the "wide variety of configurations"--also mentioned in almost every article reviewed by TheCarConnection.com.
Edmunds.com adds that "four front seat styles with multiple adjustments ensure decent comfort, and overall ergonomics give the impression of driving an SUV instead of a gigantic van." For passengers, a "high roof in standard models means endless headroom and easy entry and exit," says ConsumerGuide, "although testers found flat seats uncomfortable for long rides." They added, though, “available pneumatic seats effectively provide additional cushioning for driver and front passenger.”
Edmunds gives kudos to the Sprinter’s “Mercedes build quality.” Kelley Blue Book praises it as well, saying "the interior cabin exhibits few rattles, even over rough pavement." However, from the command position behind the wheel, "reaching some less-used switch gear requires a stretch," says ConsumerGuide.
The 2008 Dodge Sprinter Wagon is remarkably comfortable and exceptionally spacious—and well built, too.