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 2500Ford E-Series E-250MB SprinterFord Transit ¹ ²Dodge B-Series B-250 ³
wheelbase135”155”138”144”170”130”148”128”
overall width79.2”79.4”79.7”77.7”79.8”
overall length224”244”217”236”233”273”206”224”205”
overall height81.5”82″85”96.3/107.5″81.4”94.4”79.9”
cargo volume/ft³270314279319318494247
width between wheelhousing52.7”52.5”53.1”54.7”50”
curb weight/lbs52915505523053765081554540044642
gvwr/lbs860095008550621578106400
gcwr/lbs13000135501149512100
max.payload/lbs33093095363034803469300522113168
max.trailering capacity/lbs1000010000500044006050
est. fuel economy15/20 mpg12/16 mpg-/22 mpg32 mpg12/17 mpg
msrp26,59028,45027,98529,34035,99540,990n/an/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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