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How Much Weight Can A Sprinter Van Hold?

Whether carrying cargo or transporting a large group of passengers, the Mercedes Sprinter has a model for your needs. You'll want to be aware of how much weight you can carry on board, however. We researched the Mercedes Sprinter models to ensure that you won't overload them on the road.

The Mercedes Sprinter is divided into cargo van, crew van, and passenger van classes. The cargo van has a payload capacity of between 3,373 and 6,790 pounds. The crew van has a payload capacity of between 2,954 and 6,415 pounds. The passenger van has a payload capacity of between 2,954 and 6,415 pounds. 

Now that we know the payload capacity ranges of the types of Sprinter vans, we'll take a look at the payload capacity by trim level. You might be wondering if you need a special license to drive a Sprinter van or how long a Sprinter van will last. Read ahead in this post and we'll answer all of those questions and more.

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A long black Sprinter van on the side of the road, How Much Weight Can A Sprinter Van Hold?

Sprinter Vans And Payload Capacity

Altogether, there are more than a dozen models of the Mercedes Sprinter. With so much variation in the sizes, there is bound to be a rather large range of payload capacity across them.

Here, we'll take a look at the payload capacity for each model. We've divided them into three classes to make this easier to find yours.

Cargo Vans

Cargo Van With A 144-Inch Wheelbase, Standard Roof

  • The 1500 4-cylinder gas payload is 3,953 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,189 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder gas payload is 4,453 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,134 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 3,781 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,677 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,622 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel XD payload is 5,717 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel XD payload is 5,662 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 5,364 lbs.
  • The 4500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 6,790 lbs.
  • The 4500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 6,735 lbs.

Cargo Van With A 144-Inch Wheelbase, High Roof

  • The 1500 4-cylinder gas payload is 3,876 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,112 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder gas payload is 4,376 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,057 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 3,704 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,600 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,545 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel XD payload is 5,640 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel XD payload is 5,585 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 XD payload is 5,320 lbs.
  • The 4500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 6,713 lbs.
  • The 4500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 6,647 lbs.

Cargo Van With A 170-Inch Wheelbase, High Roof

  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,792 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder gas payload is 4,057 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 3,737 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 3,373 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,247 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,192 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 4-cylinder diesel payload is 5,287 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel payload is 5,232 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 4,923 lbs.
  • The 4500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 6,360 lbs.
  • The 4500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 6,305 lbs.

Cargo Van With 170-Inch Wheelbase (Extended) High Roof

  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,682 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 3,627 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 3,274 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,126 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,071 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 4-cylinder diesel payload is 5,166 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel payload is 5,111 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 4,802 lbs.
  • The 4500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 6,228 lbs.
  • The 4500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 6,173 lbs.

Passenger Vans

Passenger Van With A 144-Inch Wheelbase, Standard Roof

  • The 1500 4-cylinder gas payload is 3,082 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,307 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder gas payload is 3,583 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 3,060 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 3,560 lbs.

Passenger Van With A 144-Inch Wheelbase, High Roof

  • The 1500 4-cylinder gas payload is 3,082 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,219 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder gas payload is 3,493 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 2,972 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 3,472 lbs.

Passenger Van With A 170-Inch Wheelbase, High Roof

  • The 4500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,285 lbs.
  • The 4500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 3,197 lbs.

Crew Vans

Crew Van With A 144-Inch Wheelbase, Standard Roof

  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,803 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder gas payload is 4,068 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 3,748 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 3,395 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,302 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,247 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 4-cylinder diesel payload is 5,353 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel payload is 5,298 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 4,978 lbs.
  • The 4500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 6,415 lbs.
  • The 4500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 6,360 lbs.

Crew Van With A 144-Inch Wheelbase, High Roof

  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,715 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder gas payload is 3,979 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 3,660 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 3,307 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,214 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,159 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 4-cylinder diesel payload is 5,265 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel payload is 5,210 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 4,890 lbs.
  • The 4500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 6,327 lbs.
  • The 4500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 6,272 lbs.

Crew Van With A 170-Inch Wheelbase, High Roof

  • The 2500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,362 lbs.
  • The 2500 4-cylinder gas payload is 3,627 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 3,307 lbs.
  • The 2500 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 2,954 lbs.
  • The 3500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 3,828 lbs.
  • The 3500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,302 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 4-cylinder diesel payload is 4,879 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel payload is 4,824 lbs.
  • The 3500 XD 6-cylinder diesel 4x4 payload is 4,504 lbs.
  • The 4500 4-cylinder diesel payload is 5,941 lbs.
  • The 4500 6-cylinder diesel payload is 5,886 lbs.

Do You Need A Special License To Drive A Sprinter Van?

As there are a variety of licensing requirements for those who drive as a profession, you might be wondering if you need anything other than an ordinary driver's license to operate a Sprinter van. Fortunately, you will not need anything extra for driving around cargo.

White Sprinter vans at a dealership

Since the Sprinter falls below certain weight requirements, all you need is a driver's license. You should be aware, however, that most states do have something called a Chauffeur's License for those who transport passengers for pay.

This type of license will typically require a more detailed written test, and applicants may need to pass additional requirements. 

How Many Passengers Does A Sprinter Van Carry?

The Sprinter is a great way to move passengers professionally, and it also serves as a roomy vehicle to take on the road with friends and family. With a seating capacity that is greater than a minivan or an SUV, you'll really be able to expand your group size for your next trip.

The standard seating capacity for a Sprinter passenger van is 12 riders. This is for models that have a 144-inch wheelbase. The larger version of the Sprinter has a 170-inch wheelbase, and it holds a total of 15 riders.

How Long Do Sprinter Vans Last?

Like many Mercedes model vehicles, you can expect quite a few road miles out of your Sprinter van. Typically, the Sprinter will last upwards of 300,000 miles with some consumers reporting exceeding 400,000.

With an average annual mileage of 20,000, this means the Sprinter will last 15 years or more. Compared to others in the same class, this is typical.

Of course, getting to that mileage milestone means that you have to take proper care of your Sprinter. Routine maintenance is one of the cornerstones of making any vehicle last, so be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule to the letter.

Also, don't overload the Sprinter, as weight in excess of its payload will greatly shorten its lifespan.

What Happens If I Exceed Payload Capacity?

Being aware of and following the payload capacity of your Mercedes Sprinter is important for your safety and the safety of your riders. Staying within the weight restrictions will also avoid the mechanical problems that carrying too much weight will cause.

A Mercedes Sprinter van moving down the highway

If you have too much weight on board, you will put an unwelcome strain on the suspension system, tires, and wheels. This can cause irreversible damage to your Sprinter. It also makes it more difficult to control, which can lead to an accident.

The Sprinter's transmission is only able to handle so much weight. Exceeding the payload capacity can cause it to overheat, leading to transmission failure. Likewise, the engine will also be put under too much pressure and can suffer permanent damage.

Final Thoughts

A long black Sprinter van on the side of the road

The Mercedes Sprinter van has dozens of configurations, making the payload capacity vary greatly. These vans will last more than 15 years on the road as long as you give them proper care and treatment. Driving one will not require any special type of license as long as you are not chauffeuring passengers for pay in some states. Drive safe!

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