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Cargo Van Comparisons

A new and more extensive 2014 Cargo Van Comparison is available!

 

Only a few popular cargo van models are utilized for a RV conversion. The massive shift in the American automobile industry left us with the disappearance of the Dodge B-Series and a shaky start of the Dodge/MB Sprinter. The current replacement of the Ford E-Series by the new Ford Transit in 2013 will add to the buyers uncertainty. We can still count on the proven Chevy Express.

 Popular models

Chevy Express 2500 Ford E-Series E-250 MB Sprinter Ford Transit ¹ ² Dodge B-Series B-250 ³
wheelbase 135” 155” 138” 144” 170” 130” 148” 128”
overall width 79.2” 79.4” 79.7” 77.7” 79.8”
overall length 224” 244” 217” 236” 233” 273” 206” 224” 205”
overall height 81.5” 82″ 85” 96.3/107.5″ 81.4” 94.4” 79.9”
cargo volume/ft³ 270 314 279 319 318 494 247
width between wheelhousing 52.7” 52.5” 53.1” 54.7” 50”
curb weight/lbs 5291 5505 5230 5376 5081 5545 4004 4642
gvwr/lbs 8600 9500 8550 6215 7810 6400
gcwr/lbs 13000 13550 11495 12100
max.payload/lbs 3309 3095 3630 3480 3469 3005 2211 3168
max.trailering capacity/lbs 10000 10000 5000 4400 6050
est. fuel economy 15/20 mpg 12/16 mpg -/22 mpg 32 mpg 12/17 mpg
msrp 26,590 28,450 27,985 29,340 35,995 40,990 n/a n/a
¹launch in 2013 ²indicative values based on Australian data ³production ended 2003

Considerations

Besides the fact that the Ford Econoline will be phased out, the relatively short wheelbase on the extended version makes the Chevy Express a better choice for a comfortable ride if you have the need for a longer version.

The new cargo vans that are coming to the market, like the MB Sprinter and the 2013 Ford Transit offer elevated roof lines with standing room interiors. No need for after-market Hi-Top installation. However, be aware that these vehicles don’t fit in your standard 7Ft high garage.

The mileage rating is improving on the new models, but probably will be largely offset by higher retail prices; only with high annual mileage and long term ownership, this should be a consideration. These lower fuel consumption vans, like the new 2013 Ford Transit, achieve that by lowering their overall weight and at the same time, their payload capacity.

 

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